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It had rained all day, but 65000 hardy fans still made it out to Grüne Au. Gentlemen prefer blondes and Vorwärts prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Starters: Igellund - Di Gianfrancesco, Ramos García, Valério - Meusburger, Witzmann, Greinstetter, Hoeland, Rupprecht - Kordič, Catană.

After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Grasnarbe decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation. The following players had been selected: Weidl - Ristl, Hochstetter, Morsch-Zlatkovic, Kaulsdorf - Faktor, Bargteheide, Layer, Zimer - Granados, Čelica.

For their match strategy, Grasnarbe had decided to use their magnificent ability to counter-attack whenever possible. The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 12 minutes of hard work with a breakthrough from A. Hoeland, who, all by his lonesome, came out of the right wing and hooked the ball over the visitors' keeper. Vorwärts put themselves up 2 - 0 when A. Di Gianfrancesco broke through on the right, leaving the entire defensive delegation behind him. After 28 minutes, Vorwärts's L. Igellund successfully broke up a pass with his face. Instinctively, he got up again only to unintentionally use his now-throbbing schnozz to break up a second pass. As he was carted off for a concussion check, B. Kriesmair ran onto the field to take his place. J. Faktor was uncomfortable with the soggy field as he couldn't move the ball around with his usual grace. Things were going from bad to worse for the visitors. A. Hoeland was able to squirm through the central defense after 31 minutes and score, bringing the lead to 3 - 0. With 33 minutes gone, a long pass from the defense of Grasnarbe resulted in a counter-attack that set K. Zimer free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save. The bench was restless, and with 35 minutes gone Grasnarbe's coach gave S. Zotzmann the opportunity to try to change the team's fortunes. J. Layer reluctantly left the field. Vorwärts's R. Rupprecht saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates 42 minutes in. Grasnarbe mounted an inspired counter-attack down the right wing after 43 minutes, but J. Ristl was unable to convert from short range. D. Kaulsdorf of Grasnarbe received a yellow card after 44 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. It was 3 - 0 at the break. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Vorwärts would have 61 percent possession in this half was spot on!

After 48 minutes, following yet another great corner, R. Rupprecht knocked the ball to F. Meusburger but it was just too high and the shot came off his shin. The visitors got a chance to pulling one back after 80 minutes, due to a defensive blunder leaving D. Kaulsdorf completely unmarked. His strike was pathetic though, rolling slowly to the home side's keeper. After 82 minutes, the defensive line of Grasnarbe created a counter-attack through the middle that gave J. Bargteheide a good look at goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. After 86 minutes A. Kordič made a speedy advance and dropped the ball to M. Catană who blasted it past the keeper. The score was now 4 - 0. At this point, it was obvious that the players of Vorwärts lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. Vorwärts were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 62 percent of possession.

Most important Vorwärts player was A. Kordič. I can't remember B. Kriesmair ever having a worse night than he just had. J. Weidl performed admirably for Grasnarbe. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because M. Morsch-Zlatkovic seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 4 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (high) solid (high) 43 27 11/20 7/20
Right defense outstanding (very low) world class (high) 37 51 10/20 13/20
Central defense brilliant (low) world class (very high) 42 52 11/20 13/20
Left defense outstanding (very low) world class (low) 37 50 10/20 13/20
Right attack brilliant (low) weak (very high) 42 16 11/20 4/20
Central attack brilliant (very high) outstanding (low) 44 38 11/20 10/20
Left attack passable (low) excellent (high) 22 31 6/20 8/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (very low) excellent (high) 25 31 7/20 8/20
Attack passable (low) passable (high) 22 23 6/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20


1 - 0  A. Hoeland 12'
2 - 0  A. Di Gianfrancesco 15'
3 - 0  A. Hoeland 31'
4 - 0  M. Catană 86'
1 card accumulated D. Kaulsdorf 44'
Got injured L. Igellund 28'
Substitution Out L. Igellund
In B. Kriesmair
Substitution Out  J. Layer
In  S. Zotzmann



Chance distribution

Home Away
11 4

0 Left attack 0
3 Central attack 3
4 Right attack 1
2 Other 0
2 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense solid (very low) excellent (high) 25 31 7/20 8/20
Attack passable (low) passable (high) 22 23 6/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (high) solid (low) 27 26 7/20 7/20
Average midfield brilliant (high) solid (high) 43 27 11/20 7/20
Average defense outstanding (high) world class (high) 39 51 10/20 13/20
Average attack formidable (very high) solid (very high) 36 28 9/20 7/20
Total average outstanding (high) formidable (high) 39 35 10/20 9/20


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