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Torpedo 6 - 3 RUSE

22198 punters turned up at Arena Dobrich, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Uwe Book was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Varun van Heukelom and Dalibor Paperák. Torpedo decided to use a 2-5-3 set up. Lineup: Ursu - Ardalić, Fornaciari - Obranič, Bolech, Olesen, Burgstaller, Niewitecki - Thatcher, Mälkiä, Parvikko.

RUSE had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation. The following players had been chosen: Cappelletti - Petrushev, Pelkonen, Krústev, Manzur - Wölfer, Laborde, Uldanck, Petraroli - Tovmasyan, Rodríguez.

Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of RUSE. Torpedo's E. Obranič proved that he's been around on a football pitch before, when he took advantage of a few moments of confusion in the opposition's defensive line and elegantly scored for 1 - 0. Given a free kick close to the byline, Torpedo tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let L. Thatcher slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 2 - 0, 29 minutes into the game. Against a lesser team, Torpedo could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 32 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save. RUSE fought on and, after 33 minutes, H. Tovmasyan was able to reduce the deficit to 2 - 1 after some excellent moves on the right side were finished off with an incredibly clever chip. The counterattacks of RUSE were deadly and 40 minutes into the game, A. Petrushev received a nice pass from the right flank, making it 2 - 2. Torpedo took the lead, 3 - 2, after a penalty 41 minutes into the match. T. Bolech scored from the penalty spot. The crowd was silenced 42 minutes into the match as the visiting team's A. Petrushev came in from the left, levelling the score to 3 - 3. Torpedo took the lead after 43 minutes as a result of T. Mälkiä's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 4 - 3. Halftime score was 4 - 3. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Torpedo, with 58 percent of the ball.

Torpedo's A. Ardalić's long shot really ought to have found the net 71 minutes into the match, but it fell just wide of the target. RUSE's counterattacks created a good chance for C. Rodríguez on the right after 72 minutes, but he could only look on with dismay as his strike rebounded off the crossbar. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave E. Niewitecki from Torpedo a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 76 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! 81 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as T. Mälkiä broke through, making the score 5 - 3 for Torpedo. Torpedo put in a good effort on the right, but T. Bolech saw his volley fly wide of the mark 83 minutes into the game. A great save by keeper G. Cappelletti after 83 minutes kept the visitors in the game after E. Niewitecki struck from the left with a real cannonball. After 84 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and A. Parvikko gave the Torpedo supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 6 - 3. After this, you could see that the players of Torpedo were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals. Torpedo enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 56 percent of possession.

Torpedo's best player was T. Mälkiä. On the other hand, M. Ursu's play was disheartening. Most important RUSE player was C. Rodríguez. G. Cappelletti turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 6 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (high) weak (low) 19 14 5/20 4/20
Right defence weak (very low) weak (very high) 13 16 4/20 4/20
Central defence passable (very low) formidable (low) 21 34 6/20 9/20
Left defence poor (very high) excellent (very low) 12 29 3/20 8/20
Right attack passable (low) weak (very low) 22 13 6/20 4/20
Central attack formidable (very low) passable (high) 33 23 9/20 6/20
Left attack passable (very low) weak (very low) 21 13 6/20 4/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence inadequate (very low) inadequate (low) 17 18 5/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very high) weak (very high) 20 16 5/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20


1 - 0  E. Obranič 28'
2 - 0  L. Thatcher 29'
2 - 1  H. Tovmasyan 33'
2 - 2  A. Petrushev 40'
3 - 2  T. Bolech 41'
3 - 3  A. Petrushev 42'
4 - 3  T. Mälkiä 43'
5 - 3  T. Mälkiä 81'
6 - 3  A. Parvikko 84'
1 booking accumulated E. Niewitecki 76'


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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

Defence inadequate (very low) inadequate (low) 17 18 5/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very high) weak (very high) 20 16 5/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (high) poor (very high) 15 12 4/20 3/20
Average midfield inadequate (high) weak (low) 19 14 5/20 4/20
Average defence weak (high) solid (low) 15 26 4/20 7/20
Average attack solid (very low) inadequate (very low) 25 17 7/20 5/20
Total average inadequate (very high) inadequate (high) 20 19 5/20 5/20


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