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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 60875 had shown up at Steaua Barcanesti for the match. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Steaua decided to go with a 3-5-2 formation. Lineup: Fraggakos - Stafford, Glud, Navarro - Calero, Girard, Cristea, Helttunen, Chantepie - Van Maldeghem, Alppi.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Dragonul prefers a 4-4-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. 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. 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 down the sideline and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favor of the wings. V. Navarro charged down the left and had a wonderful opportunity to score the equalizer for Steaua, but the shot went well wide of the goal. After 34 minutes, the defensive line of Dragonul created a counter-attack through the middle that gave S. Corvelle a good look at 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 theme of the day for Steaua, and they were successfully passing the ball outside from the middle. C. Cristea was just a finger's width away from an equalizer for Steaua with a strike from the left, but G. Vīriņš managed to deflect the shot out for a corner. The home keeper was stunned 38 minutes into the match when he misjudged the free kick by C. Sayıner and dove in the wrong direction. The visitors increased the lead to 0 - 2. By now, the players of Dragonul felt that victory was a sure thing and began to play it safe, focusing on defense and not risking too much going forward. The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 2. The statistics geek breathlessly ran into the press box to show Steaua in control of the ball, with 66 percent possession. Thanks, Poindexter.

The Steaua players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team. With 50 minutes played, Dragonul's S. Corvelle received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. 52 minutes into the match, Dragonul's D. Pollart demonstrated his running prowess as he raced past his defender 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 field after 57 minutes. S. Chyntemirov was given a chance to change things around. A. Stafford saw that the keeper was out and shot from an incredible distance 60 minutes in. Unfortunately for Steaua, the ball skimmed the crossbar and went over. After 65 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defense allowed U. Uribe to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 4. Dragonul's A. Gãman wanted to play on, but after 75 minutes the decision was made to give M. Blokhin a chance in his place. A counter-attack by Dragonul after 80 minutes could have resulted in a goal, but H. Suoanttila, coming in on the left, waited too long to shoot. Dragonul came close to extending their lead as M. McGovern delivered a low effort on goal from the right but the angle was too sharp, and the shot was destined for the side netting. Steaua set the tempo, maintaining 66 percent of possession.

Steaua's top performer was clearly G. Van Maldeghem. Good thing E. Calero isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. The most outstanding Dragonul player was without a doubt M. McGovern. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by H. Suoanttila today. The match ends 0 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20
Right defense extra-terrestrial (very low) extra-terrestrial (very high) 61 64 16/20 16/20
Central defense magnificent (high) extra-terrestrial (very low) 47 61 12/20 16/20
Left defense 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
Defense 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


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



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 9

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

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 defense 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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