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Dark skies made the crowd of 28252 at Balauru Arena a little nervous, but the rain held off. Päuli Halbert was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Vincent Windhager and Massimo Fabrizio. bau-bau started off with a 3-4-3 lineup. The following players took the field: Miroiu - Nisa, Pawarscher, Zwagemaker - Frankot, Wan Fu, Barksal, Ljungmar - Boca, Goulbourne, Dunca.

Karomax tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. They fielded: Voica - Schaffers, Berbelis, Berson - 康强 (Kangqiang) , Fironov, Belert, Szamosi, Tendeng - Humaña, Kiełbowski.

Karomax were relying on their ability to counter-attack. Oh dear - the keeper's made a mess of that one. The crowd was very disappointed after he let R. Humaña get the go-ahead goal with a speculative shot from the right after 21 minutes. 0 - 1. That ball had all kinds of swerve! The home keeper was rooted in place 23 minutes into the match as R. Berbelis's unstoppable free kick whizzed by him, making the scoreline even worse for his fans. 0 - 2. The home crowd was briefly mollified when A. Boca reduced the lead to 1 - 2 after a brilliant midfield give-and-go through the middle. After 28 minutes, D. Goulbourne rushed down the middle past the away team's defenders to score the 2 - 2 goal. Maybe V. Dunca should join the aquatics team instead. He went down dramatically after 34 minutes, crying out with agony as he fell. The referee was not impressed, though, and showed him a yellow for diving. The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to E. Pawarscher, but the bau-bau player managed to shrug them off and fire a low shot that 5-holed the keeper to give his team the lead. 3 - 2! With 37 minutes played, bau-bau's A. Nisa received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. Halftime score was 3 - 2. Possession in this half belonged to Karomax, who had the ball 57 percent of the time.

Coming in from the right, D. Goulbourne almost managed to score another goal for bau-bau, but his header was kept out by the lightning fast reflexes of the visiting keeper. Karomax's P. Kiełbowski was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 57 minutes. Karomax tied it all up, 63 minutes in, after a spectacular goal by R. Berbelis, who miraculously broke through the home side's central defense, making it 3 - 3. Karomax's M. Tendeng knew what he was doing as he waited patiently for the right opportunity. Finally he hit it at the perfect moment, but his shot was deftly blocked by the keeper. Karomax's M. Schaffers refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 83 minutes. Making his way up the middle after 84 minutes, A. Nisa almost managed to sneak a goal past the visitors' keeper, but I. Voica was ready and blocked it to keep the score level. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 85 minutes on the clock after D. Goulbourne's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the bau-bau player a yellow card though. Karomax's A. Berson went down after a savage challenge, but could continue playing after some medical attention. The bleachers were silenced after 87 minutes when Karomax's R. Berbelis put the guests ahead 3 - 4, following an attack on the right. That was his third goal of the match - a hattrick for R. Berbelis! That's the name of the game! Karomax set the tempo, maintaining 59 percent of possession.

A. Boca performed admirably for bau-bau. N. Miroiu was a disappointment, however. The most dominating Karomax player was without a doubt A. Fironov. M. Schaffers turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 3 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very high) weak (high) 12 15 3/20 4/20
Right defense inadequate (low) inadequate (low) 18 18 5/20 5/20
Central defense inadequate (very low) inadequate (high) 17 19 5/20 5/20
Left defense poor (very low) inadequate (low) 9 18 3/20 5/20
Right attack weak (high) passable (high) 15 23 4/20 6/20
Central attack excellent (high) solid (low) 31 26 8/20 7/20
Left attack weak (high) inadequate (very high) 15 20 4/20 5/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense poor (very high) passable (low) 12 22 3/20 6/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (high) 18 23 5/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) excellent (no tactic) 8 8/20


0 - 1  R. Humaña 21'
0 - 2  R. Berbelis 23'
1 - 2  A. Boca 27'
2 - 2  D. Goulbourne 28'
3 - 2  E. Pawarscher 35'
3 - 3  R. Berbelis 63'
3 - 4  R. Berbelis 87'
1 card accumulated V. Dunca 34'
1 card accumulated A. Nisa 37'
1 card accumulated P. Kiełbowski 57'
1 card accumulated D. Goulbourne 85'
Got bruised M. Schaffers 83'
Got bruised A. Berson 86'


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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense poor (very high) passable (low) 12 22 3/20 6/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (high) 18 23 5/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) excellent (no tactic) 8 8/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (very high) weak (low) 16 14 4/20 4/20
Average midfield poor (very high) weak (high) 12 15 3/20 4/20
Average defense weak (high) inadequate (low) 15 18 4/20 5/20
Average attack inadequate (very high) passable (high) 20 23 5/20 6/20
Total average weak (very high) inadequate (high) 16 19 4/20 5/20


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