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Overcast weather free of rain made for a turnout of 51415 at Stadium Essential today. Gentlemen prefer blondes and Ripinieki prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Lineup: Erkek - Parra, Ølholm, Font - Barda, Petrovs, Neuville, Soinne, Zaldos - Olkhovik, Tulupov.

After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Ozolnieki decided to go with a 3-5-2 formation. The following players took the field: Dengiz - Klashnov, Canche, Jablonskis - Pedersen, Reps, Cominotti, Borgstedt, Steinwender - Zaragoza, Bergelt.

Ozolnieki were relying on their ability to counter-attack. Ripinieki broke through on the left after 12 minutes, with A. Soinne firing at an impossible angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead. G. Neuville increased Ripinieki's lead to 2 - 0, connecting with a hooked ball from the right. The away fans are claiming handball, to no avail. The visitors replied 30 minutes into the game, reducing the lead to 2 - 1, as B. Zaragoza dashed up the middle and chipped the ball over the home team's keeper. The head of A. Canche connected with a beautiful corner kick after 31 minutes. He wasn't shooting, though, but rather passing to D. Klashnov of Ozolnieki who buried the shot for 2 - 2. G. Parra 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! Ripinieki has taken the lead 34 minutes into the match, 3 to 2. There'll be no Turkish Delight after the match for the keeper! A really bad tackle inside the penalty area 39 minutes into the match gave the referee no other choice but to award the visiting Ozolnieki a penalty. Ē. Reps knocked it home to make it 3 - 3. It was 3 - 3 at the break. The statistics geek breathlessly ran into the press box to show Ripinieki in control of the ball, with 54 percent possession. Thanks, Poindexter.

After 63 minutes, Ozolnieki's Ē. Reps 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, C. O'Shannaig ran onto the field to take his place. Was it the hair gel? Was it a gift from the gods? Either way, the faithful won't care. Soaring like a Saturn V, D. Klashnov somehow got his head on a B. Jablonskis moonshot from the corner and buried it in the back of the net. What grace! What power! Plant the flag for Ozolnieki, Neil Armstrong! The score is now 3 - 4. After 77 minutes Ripinieki were able to score the equalizing 4 - 4 goal when J. Petrovs picked up a pass coming in from the right and lofted it past the away team's keeper. After 79 minutes of play, S. Olkhovik gave the home team a 5 - 4 lead after an attack coming in from the right. With the clock showing 82 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Ozolnieki resulted in a counter-attack that was smoothly brought under control by B. Zaragoza in the center of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high. Ripinieki were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 55 percent of possession.

The most outstanding Ripinieki player was without a doubt S. Olkhovik. I can't remember M. Ølholm ever having a worse night than he just had. Ozolnieki's top performer was clearly B. Zaragoza. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by B. Jablonskis today. The match ends 5 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield formidable (high) solid (very high) 35 28 9/20 7/20
Right defense supernatural (low) magnificent (high) 54 47 14/20 12/20
Central defense brilliant (low) magnificent (very low) 42 45 11/20 12/20
Left defense passable (low) brilliant (high) 22 43 6/20 11/20
Right attack magnificent (high) magnificent (very low) 47 45 12/20 12/20
Central attack brilliant (very high) outstanding (high) 44 39 11/20 10/20
Left attack passable (very low) solid (high) 21 27 6/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (high) brilliant (very low) 27 41 7/20 11/20
Attack passable (high) formidable (low) 23 34 6/20 9/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) formidable (no tactic) 9 9/20


1 - 0  A. Soinne 12'
2 - 0  G. Neuville 16'
2 - 1  B. Zaragoza 30'
2 - 2  D. Klashnov 31'
3 - 2  G. Parra 34'
3 - 3  Ē. Reps 39'
3 - 4  D. Klashnov 64'
4 - 4  J. Petrovs 77'
5 - 4  S. Olkhovik 79'
Got injured Ē. Reps 63'
Substitution Out Ē. Reps
In C. O'Shannaig



Chance distribution

Home Away
10 5

3 Left attack 0
3 Central attack 2
3 Right attack 0
1 Other 1
0 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 solid (high) brilliant (very low) 27 41 7/20 11/20
Attack passable (high) formidable (low) 23 34 6/20 9/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) formidable (no tactic) 9 9/20

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (low) outstanding (low) 22 38 6/20 10/20
Average midfield formidable (high) solid (very high) 35 28 9/20 7/20
Average defense outstanding (high) magnificent (very low) 39 45 10/20 12/20
Average attack outstanding (very low) outstanding (very low) 37 37 10/20 10/20
Total average outstanding (very low) outstanding (very low) 37 37 10/20 10/20


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