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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 60875 had shown up at Steaua Barcanesti for the match. Steaua decided to use a 3-5-2 set up. Lineup: Fraggakos - Stafford, Glud, Navarro - Calero, Girard, Cristea, Helttunen, Chantepie - Van Maldeghem, Alppi.

A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Dragonul. Starters: Vīriņš - Suoanttila, van Duinen, Ugalde, Postelnicu - Corvelle, Uribe, Sayıner, Gãman - McGovern, Pollart.

The wings were the focus of most of Steaua's attacks today. For their match strategy, Dragonul had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible. With 5 minutes having been played, his teammates looked on in disbelief as C. Cristea thoughtlessly misplayed the ball, setting up Dragonul's D. Pollart for an easy goal. 0 - 1. Steaua were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings. V. Navarro charged down the left and had a wonderful opportunity to score the equaliser for Steaua, but the shot went well wide of the goal. After 34 minutes, the defensive line of Dragonul created a counterattack through the middle that gave S. Corvelle a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. We may never know what C. Cristea was thinking when he tried to pass the ball through a crowd of opponents. Luckily for him, Dragonul's S. Corvelle somehow missed the wide open net. Attacking on the wings was the choice for Steaua, and they were successfully passing the ball from the middle to the wings to attack. C. Cristea was just a finger's breadth away from an equaliser for Steaua with a strike from the left, but G. Vīriņš managed to ward the shot off for a corner. The home keeper was stunned 38 minutes into the match when he misjudged the free kick by C. Sayıner and dived in the wrong direction. The visitors increased the lead to 0 - 2. By now, the players in Dragonul felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward. The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 2. Steaua claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 66 percent.

The Steaua players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team. 50 minutes in, Dragonul's S. Corvelle received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first. 52 minutes into the match, Dragonul's D. Pollart demonstrated his famed speed as he raced past his marker and passed the ball to M. McGovern who chipped it in for 0 - 3. Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Steaua's S. Girard was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 57 minutes. S. Chyntemirov was given a chance to change things around. A. Stafford fired a shot from distance after 60 minutes, but the long shot couldn't find the net for Steaua. After 65 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed U. Uribe to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 4. A. Gãman wanted to play on, but the Dragonul coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 75 minutes into the game by M. Blokhin. A counterattack by Dragonul after 80 minutes could have resulted in a goal, but H. Suoanttila, coming in on the left, couldn't get the shot off. Dragonul came close to extending their lead as M. McGovern delivered a low effort on goal from the right after 81 minutes, but the angle was too narrow and the shot went harmlessly into the side netting. Steaua enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 66 percent of possession.

Steaua's top performer was clearly G. Van Maldeghem. However, E. Calero made a disastrous appearance. The most dominating Dragonul player was without a doubt M. McGovern. H. Suoanttila on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 0 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20
Right defence extra-terrestrial (very low) extra-terrestrial (very high) 61 64 16/20 16/20
Central defence magnificent (high) extra-terrestrial (very low) 47 61 12/20 16/20
Left defence supernatural (very high) titanic (very high) 56 60 14/20 15/20
Right attack inadequate (very high) world class (low) 20 50 5/20 13/20
Central attack brilliant (very low) formidable (very high) 41 36 11/20 9/20
Left attack extra-terrestrial (very low) weak (low) 61 14 16/20 4/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (high) outstanding (very high) 39 40 10/20 10/20
Attack excellent (very high) excellent (high) 32 31 8/20 8/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill utopian magical 19 18 19/20 18/20
 

Highlights

0 - 1  D. Pollart 5'
0 - 2  C. Sayıner 38'
0 - 3  M. McGovern 52'
0 - 4  U. Uribe 65'
1 booking accumulated S. Corvelle 50'
Behaviour N. Glud
Normal  To  Offensive
46'
Substitution Out  S. Girard
In  S. Chyntemirov
57'
Substitution Out  A. Gãman
In  M. Blokhin
75'

Possession

66%
34%
66%
34%
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence outstanding (high) outstanding (very high) 39 40 10/20 10/20
Attack excellent (very high) excellent (high) 32 31 8/20 8/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill utopian magical 19 18 19/20 18/20

Average ratings

Total player experience brilliant (very high) formidable (high) 44 35 11/20 9/20
Average midfield brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20
Average defence supernatural (high) extra-terrestrial (low) 55 62 14/20 16/20
Average attack brilliant (very low) formidable (low) 41 34 11/20 9/20
Total average magnificent (low) outstanding (high) 46 39 12/20 10/20

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