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Novadnieku 2 - 10 Airis

Clear skies welcomed the 12000 spectators who had made their way to Novadnieku Arena. Radostin Botusharov was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ivan Ballosera and Lars Rumbold. Our studio analysts were correct. Novadnieku has taken the field in a 4-4-2 alignment. The following players had been selected: Caps - Rudich, Spēks, Barulin, Gāle - Grīnbergs, Jākobsons, Porītis, Korzinin - Rudušs, Riņģis.

After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Airis decided to go with a 3-5-2 formation. Starters: Mazelin - Abel, Veikšāns, de Leeuw - Alhonen, Steen, Paavilainen, Bulfari, Jate - Grasso, Gerron.

A mistake by the home side's central defense after 3 minutes allowed G. Gerron to score for Airis. The visitors have the lead, 0 - 1. Novadnieku's L. Korzinin was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the opposing area - M. Riņģis managed to kick one of them into the net for 1 - 1 after 6 minutes. Though it was beautiful soccer, the home crowd did not enjoy G. Grasso's goal after a run down the left with 11 minutes on the clock. Airis lead, 1 - 2. 13 minutes into the match, Novadnieku's A. Rudušs maneuvered his way around the opposition on the left flank, delighting the crowd with his twists and turns. The effort paid off as the ball found the back of the net, evening the score at 2 - 2. G. Gerron seemed to be defying gravity as he elegantly headed in a goal for Airis after a corner kick that was nicely executed by H. Alhonen. That makes it 2 - 3. The visitors nearly scored again after 25 minutes, but a superb save by V. Caps kept H. Alhonen's free kick out of the net. After 36 minutes, the excellent pass from the wing by Airis's H. Alhonen reached F. Jate's head, and he is not one to miss such an opportunity - 2 - 4. Airis's H. Alhonen received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 39 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 2 - 5. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! Some fine one-twos on the left led to a Airis goal with 40 minutes gone, making it 2 - 6. A. Veikšāns was noted down as the scorer. Airis'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 2 - 6. The statistics geek breathlessly ran into the press box to show Airis in control of the ball, with 74 percent possession. Thanks, Poindexter.

B. de Leeuw increased the visitors' lead by volleying in a pass from the right. 2 - 7. After 60 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defense allowed G. Grasso to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 2 - 8. A thrilling play through the middle after 62 minutes gave Airis's H. Alhonen a chance to increase the lead, and he happily obliged. The score was then 2 - 9. After 63 minutes, Airis's F. Jate burst through the central defense and let loose a cannonball of a shot, scoring for 2 - 10. Airis were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 80 percent of possession.

The most outstanding Novadnieku player was without a doubt M. Riņģis. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because V. Caps seemed to stumble all over the pitch. G. Grasso performed admirably for Airis. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by R. Abel today. The match ends 2 - 10.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (high) inadequate (low) 7 18 2/20 5/20
Right defense wretched (low) wretched (low) 6 6 2/20 2/20
Central defense wretched (high) poor (very high) 7 12 2/20 3/20
Left defense wretched (very low) poor (high) 5 11 2/20 3/20
Right attack wretched (very high) poor (low) 8 10 2/20 3/20
Central attack wretched (low) poor (very high) 6 12 2/20 3/20
Left attack wretched (high) passable (high) 7 23 2/20 6/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense wretched (very high) weak (high) 8 15 2/20 4/20
Attack wretched (high) inadequate (high) 7 19 2/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


0 - 1  G. Gerron 3'
1 - 1  M. Riņģis 6'
1 - 2  G. Grasso 11'
2 - 2  A. Rudušs 13'
2 - 3  G. Gerron 18'
2 - 4  F. Jate 36'
2 - 5  H. Alhonen 39'
2 - 6  A. Veikšāns 40'
2 - 7  B. de Leeuw 49'
2 - 8  G. Grasso 60'
2 - 9  H. Alhonen 62'
2 - 10  F. Jate 63'



Chance distribution

Home Away
2 11

1 Left attack 2
0 Central attack 4
0 Right attack 2
0 Other 1
1 Special events 2
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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 wretched (very high) weak (high) 8 15 2/20 4/20
Attack wretched (high) inadequate (high) 7 19 2/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (very low) inadequate (low) 9 18 3/20 5/20
Average midfield wretched (high) inadequate (low) 7 18 2/20 5/20
Average defense wretched (low) poor (low) 6 10 2/20 3/20
Average attack wretched (high) weak (high) 7 15 2/20 4/20
Total average wretched (high) weak (low) 7 14 2/20 4/20


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