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VECCHIO 1 - 3 Basca

Overcast weather free of rain made for a turnout of 20000 at Paolo Mazza today. Duane Manku was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Fabian Schicklgruber and Livio Lepper. Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! VECCHIO will go to battle in a 3-5-2 formation. The following players took the field: Weiss - Coelho, Sanjuán, Lefèvre - Sáenz Camacho, Oskarsson, Farkas, Bittar, Pérez - Rotondo, Dark.

Our studio analysts were correct. Basca has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. Starters: Olszowski - Mousing, Wernecki, Gmeiner - Häggbratt, Moureaux, Crippa, Torrent, Conroth - Lundhult, Podergajs.

Like this humble reporter trying to score a date with Charlotte McKinney, VECCHIO enjoyed the Long Shots today, demonstrating their excellent skill at it. Basca went for a narrow approach, using their brilliant ability to focus their attacks down the middle. 4 minutes into the match, the Speedy Gonzalez-like V. Podergajs easily outran L. Coelho to knock in the 0 - 1 goal. The home crowd was not impressed when V. Podergajs came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 12 minutes. Basca were now up 0 - 2. A bit of trash talk erupted into a fight as players from both sides congregated in the center of the field 23 minutes into the match. After separating the two sides, the referee and his linesman discussed the scurrilous chain of events - this eventually led to the referee calling VECCHIO's L. Coelho to one side and giving him a straight red card. VECCHIO needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 23 minutes L. Sáenz Camacho made way for O. Özkal. Y. Shen was called on to replace Basca's K. Conroth after 27 minutes following a nasty collision. V. Podergajs became the new Basca captain. A. Sanjuán did everything he could to get one back for the home crowd, but keeper K. Olszowski denied him with a spectacular save. VECCHIO's C. Pérez was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 38 minutes. Halftime score was 0 - 2. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Basca would have 57 percent possession in this half was spot on!

A misunderstanding between the visitors' keeper K. Olszowski and his left defense could have resulted in a goal for VECCHIO, but E. Bittar's finish was way too meek. C. Pérez knew he was in trouble after hacking down an opponent. Despite his pleading with the referee, the VECCHIO player was shown a second yellow card and dismissed from the game. The bench was restless, and with 65 minutes gone VECCHIO's coach gave D. Weitzer the opportunity to try to change the team's fortunes. E. Bittar reluctantly left the field. Given a free kick from an impossible angle, Basca went for a play that loyal fans may recognize from training. A square ball surprised the defense and let U. Häggbratt slip through at goal. He hit it first time, making the score 0 - 3, 65 minutes into the game. After this, you could see that Basca's players were mostly interested in killing time and holding on to their lead. With 75 minutes played, the VECCHIO coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. S. Meilink came on and M. Dark had to leave the fray. VECCHIO's slick passing moves completely confused the defense after 75 minutes, but thanks to K. Olszowski's miraculous save from D. Farkas's long shot the score remained unchanged. Central attacks were the recipe of the day for Basca, and they were successfully passing the ball from the wing into the middle at the behest of their coach. The ball was in the back of the home team's net yet again after 80 minutes, but this time the referee called the goal back because Y. Shen had knocked a member of the opposing team to the ground while the play occurred down the middle of the field. VECCHIO's counter-attacks created a good chance for O. Oskarsson on the right after 81 minutes, but he could only look on with dismay as his strike rebounded off the crossbar. By working their way through the middle, VECCHIO refused to be intimidated – their efforts finally led to S. Meilink managing to slip the ball past the keeper to make the score 1 - 3. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Basca had 55...55 percent possession. AH AH AH!

VECCHIO's top performer was clearly V. Rotondo. I can't remember A. Sanjuán ever having a worse night than he just had. P. Crippa performed admirably for Basca. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Y. Shen today. The match ends 1 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (very low) passable (low) 17 22 5/20 6/20
Right defense inadequate (low) passable (very high) 18 24 5/20 6/20
Central defense solid (very low) solid (low) 25 26 7/20 7/20
Left defense weak (high) passable (very low) 15 21 4/20 6/20
Right attack weak (low) inadequate (very high) 14 20 4/20 5/20
Central attack inadequate (high) passable (high) 19 23 5/20 6/20
Left attack weak (very high) inadequate (very low) 16 17 4/20 5/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (very high) passable (high) 20 23 5/20 6/20
Attack passable (very low) passable (low) 21 22 6/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Long shots Attack in the middle
Tactic skill excellent brilliant 8 11 8/20 11/20


0 - 1  V. Podergajs 4'
0 - 2  V. Podergajs 12'
0 - 3  U. Häggbratt 65'
1 - 3  S. Meilink 84'
Suspended for next match L. Coelho 23'
1 card accumulated C. Pérez 38'
Suspended for next match C. Pérez 61'
Got injured K. Conroth 27'
Formation Out  L. Sáenz Camacho
In  O. Özkal
Offensive To  Normal
RW  To  RB
2-5-2  To  3-4-2
Substitution Out K. Conroth
In Y. Shen
Substitution Out  E. Bittar
In  D. Weitzer
Substitution Out  M. Dark
In  S. Meilink



Chance distribution

Home Away
5 5

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

Please note that the percentages above are meant to guide you, but they do not equate to the exact probabilities (to score for example) used in the match engine.

Indirect set pieces

Defense inadequate (very high) passable (high) 20 23 5/20 6/20
Attack passable (very low) passable (low) 21 22 6/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Long shots Attack in the middle
Tactic skill excellent brilliant 8 11 8/20 11/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (high) formidable (very low) 11 33 3/20 9/20
Average midfield inadequate (very low) passable (low) 17 22 5/20 6/20
Average defense inadequate (very high) passable (very high) 20 24 5/20 6/20
Average attack inadequate (very low) inadequate (very high) 17 20 5/20 5/20
Total average inadequate (low) passable (low) 18 22 5/20 6/20


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