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Futbol 0 - 2 SPAL

Dark skies made the crowd of 1733 at Barca Arena a little nervous, but the rain held off. Antoine Fabre was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jonas Eriksson and Theo Mordang. Futbol decided to use a 3-5-2 set up. Starters: Majano - Eberto, Montilla, López Méndez - Emilien, Oliveira, Urbina, Pereda, Furtado - Béjar, Hartmann.

SPAL had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation. The following players took the field: Rizzuto - Gramstad, De Gennaro, Sanjuán, Lissau - Kügler, Dali, Cordero, Boekweg, Buylov - Schveighardt.

The wings were the focus of most of Futbol's attacks today. Given a free kick from an impossible angle, SPAL went for a play that loyal fans may recognize from training. A square ball surprised the defense and let L. Schveighardt slip through at goal. He hit it first time, making the score 0 - 1, 14 minutes into the game. Maybe it was because of his team's lead, or maybe it was due to the ease with which he broke down the left, but A. Sanjuán was a bit too sure of his talents, so instead of taking the easy tap-in goal after 31 minutes, he went for the backheel, which he put woefully wide. Was that a pass or a bad touch? Either way, the inexperienced J. Boekweg almost gave Futbol a goal, but luckily they couldn't capitalize on the mistake. M. Kügler increased the visitors' lead by volleying in a pass from the right. 0 - 2. SPAL's players now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. Halftime score was 0 - 2. The statistics geek breathlessly ran into the press box to show SPAL in control of the ball, with 74 percent possession. Thanks, Poindexter.

M. Kügler had put in a good 46 minutes and left the field with a smile on his face due to his team's lead. L. Magazzini was the replacement. SPAL's J. Boekweg wanted to play on, but after 70 minutes the decision was made to give E. Olaizola a chance in his place. The SPAL players could smell victory in the air. M. Dali wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for A. Mora after 70 minutes. With 73 minutes gone, C. Oliveira suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counter-attack by Futbol caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, SPAL's J. Cordero got himself booked. SPAL already had the lead, so L. Schveighardt probably won't be too disappointed that his speculative shot from the right 85 minutes in fell wide of the goal. SPAL set the tempo, maintaining 70 percent of possession.

The most outstanding Futbol player was without a doubt L. Hartmann. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because E. Furtado seemed to stumble all over the pitch. SPAL's top performer was clearly E. Olaizola. I can't remember A. Mora ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 0 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (low) weak (very high) 6 16 2/20 4/20
Right defense poor (very high) passable (low) 12 22 3/20 6/20
Central defense weak (very low) solid (low) 13 26 4/20 7/20
Left defense weak (very high) passable (low) 16 22 4/20 6/20
Right attack weak (low) poor (very high) 14 12 4/20 3/20
Central attack poor (very high) wretched (high) 12 7 3/20 2/20
Left attack poor (very high) poor (low) 12 10 3/20 3/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense weak (very low) inadequate (high) 13 19 4/20 5/20
Attack poor (high) inadequate (low) 11 18 3/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Normal
Tactic skill excellent (no tactic) 8 (no tactic) 8/20


0 - 1  L. Schveighardt 14'
0 - 2  M. Kügler 33'
1 card accumulated J. Cordero 83'
Substitution Out  M. Kügler
In  L. Magazzini
Substitution Out  J. Boekweg
In  E. Olaizola
Substitution Out  M. Dali
In  A. Mora



Chance distribution

Home Away
2 10

0 Left attack 2
0 Central attack 3
1 Right attack 4
0 Other 1
1 Special events 0
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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 weak (very low) inadequate (high) 13 19 4/20 5/20
Attack poor (high) inadequate (low) 11 18 3/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Normal
Tactic skill excellent (no tactic) 8 (no tactic) 8/20

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (very high) poor (low) 8 10 2/20 3/20
Average midfield wretched (low) weak (very high) 6 16 2/20 4/20
Average defense weak (very low) passable (high) 13 23 4/20 6/20
Average attack weak (very low) poor (low) 13 10 4/20 3/20
Total average poor (high) weak (very high) 11 16 3/20 5/20


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