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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. Novadnieku started off with a 4-4-2 lineup. The following players had been chosen: Caps - Rudich, Spēks, Barulin, Gāle - Grīnbergs, Jākobsons, Porītis, Korzinin - Rudušs, Riņģis.

Airis decided to use a 3-5-2 set up. Starters: Mazelin - Abel, Veikšāns, de Leeuw - Alhonen, Steen, Paavilainen, Bulfari, Jate - Grasso, Gerron.

A mistake by the home side's central defence after 3 minutes allowed G. Gerron to score for Airis. The scoreboard now read 0 - 1. Novadnieku's L. Korzinin was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the opposition's box - M. Riņģis managed to volley one of them into the net to make it 1 - 1 after 6 minutes. The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of Airis's G. Grasso after 11 minutes. He converted a pass from the left for a goal, resulting in the visitors taking the 1 - 2 lead. 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 of Airis seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 2 - 3 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by H. Alhonen. 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. With 36 minutes played, the excellent ball 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. H. Alhonen received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 39 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 2 - 5. The Airis fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early. Some fine movement on the left led to a Airis goal after 40 minutes, making it 2 - 6. A. Veikšāns was noted down as the scorer. The players of Airis 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. Airis claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 74 percent.

B. de Leeuw increased the visitors' lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. 2 - 7. After 60 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed G. Grasso to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 2 - 8. After 62 minutes, an incisive pass through the middle gave H. Alhonen a chance to increase the lead for Airis, and he did not disappoint. The score was then 2 - 9. After 63 minutes, Airis's F. Jate burst through the central defence and let loose a cannonball of a shot, scoring for 2 - 10. Airis had most of the ball, with 80 percent of possession.

The most dominating Novadnieku player was without a doubt M. Riņģis. V. Caps turned in a dismal performance, however. G. Grasso performed admirably for Airis. R. Abel on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 2 - 10.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (high) inadequate (low) 7 18 2/20 5/20
Right defence wretched (low) wretched (low) 6 6 2/20 2/20
Central defence wretched (high) poor (very high) 7 12 2/20 3/20
Left defence 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
Defence wretched (very high) weak (high) 8 15 2/20 4/20
Attack wretched (high) inadequate (high) 7 19 2/20 5/20
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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'


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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence 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 defence 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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