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Messina 1 - 1 Fenice

16833 spectators had found their way to Giovanni Celeste, despite the heavy rain. Patriek Zuiderwijk was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Peter Leijonen and Adrian Mucha. Our studio analysts were correct. Messina has taken the field in a 2-5-3 alignment. The following players had been selected: Eriksson - Fałek, Błaszczok - Falck, Dubois, Bite, Minya, Ernst - Gasbarro, Arenile, Cardelli.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Fenice prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Starters: Sjöland - Lorenzon, Costella, Margiotta - Németh, Puddu, Moce, González, Air - Ingesson, Diaferia.

It was an obvious ambition of Fenice to play a wide game, attacking down the wings rather than through the center. With 4 minutes played V. Falck almost gave the home side the lead with a clever free kick, but the visitors' K. Sjöland was onto it, grabbing the would-be breakthrough ball. T. Cardelli of Messina received a yellow card after 15 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. Messina could have put themselves ahead after 33 minutes but T. Cardelli mishit a volley on a ball coming in from the right. After 37 minutes, Messina's F. Dubois 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, Y. Hristov ran onto the field to take his place. The Messina captaincy was handed to Y. Hristov. The slippery field made speedy runs nearly impossible, which hampered M. Arenile in particular. Fenice had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to go down the wing instead. With 40 minutes of the match played, a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but T. Ingesson, after dashing down on goal from the left and finding himself with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide. M. Arenile is making an astonishing dash. The fans are chanting his name. You can hear it reverberate around the stadium. Now a manic sprint up the middle and into the box. Oh! He's thrown open the door! He's thrown open the door, shot the ball through, and slammed the door shut on Mr. Tumnus! Messina has taken the lead 41 minutes into the match, 1 to 0. There'll be no Turkish Delight after the match for the keeper! The muddy field made the game a gritty affair, which seemed to suit M. Gasbarro just fine. Everyone had expected a shot from the free kick 43 minutes into the game, but Fenice sent the ball sideways instead, giving T. Ingesson a clear look at goal with no wall in his way. He sent it through the keeper's legs for 1 - 1! 1 - 1 was the score after the first half. Messina set the tempo, maintaining 56 percent of possession.

After 60 minutes, the Fenice coach wanted to see a new face on the field, waving V. Diaferia off. G. Paulsson took his place. With 60 minutes played, M. Gasbarro came in from the right with the intention of giving Messina the lead, but his rocket of a shot could only rattle the crossbar. Messina were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 52 percent of possession.

The local beauty queen presented Messina's M. Arenile with a prize turducken for being named Man of the Match. It wasn't Star Wars night, but S. Ernst sure smelled like bantha poodoo. The most outstanding Fenice player was without a doubt G. Paulsson. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because F. Costella seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 1 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield excellent (low) passable (very low) 30 21 8/20 6/20
Right defense inadequate (very high) outstanding (very low) 20 37 5/20 10/20
Central defense formidable (low) solid (high) 34 27 9/20 7/20
Left defense inadequate (very low) excellent (high) 17 31 5/20 8/20
Right attack excellent (very low) excellent (high) 29 31 8/20 8/20
Central attack formidable (very high) excellent (low) 36 30 9/20 8/20
Left attack passable (very high) solid (very high) 24 28 6/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (high) solid (very high) 19 28 5/20 7/20
Attack passable (low) solid (low) 22 26 6/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20


1 - 0  M. Arenile 41'
1 - 1  T. Ingesson 43'
1 card accumulated T. Cardelli 15'
Got injured F. Dubois 37'
Substitution Out F. Dubois
In Y. Hristov
Substitution Out  V. Diaferia
In  G. Paulsson



Chance distribution

Home Away
6 2

2 Left attack 1
1 Central attack 0
2 Right attack 0
1 Other 1
0 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 inadequate (high) solid (very high) 19 28 5/20 7/20
Attack passable (low) solid (low) 22 26 6/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (low) weak (high) 26 15 7/20 4/20
Average midfield excellent (low) passable (very low) 30 21 8/20 6/20
Average defense passable (very high) excellent (very high) 24 32 6/20 8/20
Average attack excellent (low) excellent (low) 30 30 8/20 8/20
Total average solid (very high) solid (very high) 28 28 7/20 7/20


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