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12000 fans turned up at Arena Nord- Ost, and despite threatening clouds, no rain came. Hinnerk Cousin was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Øyvind Kyrkjeeide and Mel Rinnooy Kan. The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Nord-Ost formed up in a 4-3-3 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. The following players had been selected: Mattesini - Grabarczyk, Avrahami, Sliunkovas, Rampone - Polizzi, Kerachev, Järvinen - Micciani, Mahlambeni, Elçibəy.

After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Olympique decided to go with a 3-4-3 formation. The following players took the field: Pascual - Barborinas, Suner, Saidys - Ege, Eicher, Sadik, Rosnati - Nesim, Drożdżyk, Dumontier.

A brilliant level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Nord-Ost. Olympique used their supernatural ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the field. Nord-Ost created a good opportunity to score 8 minutes into the game when L. Micciani's hooked ball from the left created a scuffle in front of the goal, but the visitors' defenders eventually won out. Maybe G. Polizzi should join the aquatics team instead. He went down dramatically after 35 minutes, crying out with agony as he fell. The referee was not impressed, though, and showed him a yellow for diving. With 36 minutes gone, the home side took a 1 - 0 lead as A. Rampone raced down the right flank and casually flipped the ball into the net after a searing cross from the far side of the pitch. Halftime score was 1 - 0. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Olympique had 56...56 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Olympique's L. Rosnati was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the field after 70 minutes. G. Sammarco was given a chance to change things around. The bench was restless, and with 70 minutes gone Olympique's coach gave G. Pescarmona the opportunity to try to change the team's fortunes. B. Eicher reluctantly left the field. Coming through the middle M. Dumontier almost scored the equalizer for Olympique after 76 minutes, but S. Mattesini made an excellent save, tipping the awkward swerving shot past the post. A swift counter-attack by Nord-Ost resulted in a free kick that L. Micciani elegantly bent into the goal - 2 - 0! At this point, it was obvious that the players of Nord-Ost lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. MY GOD, KING! E. Barborinas JUST GAVE A DEFENDER AN RKO OUT OF NOWHERE! MY GOD ALMIGHTY HE'S BROKEN IN HALF! Olympique are going to have to play the rest of the game a man down! Nord-Ost were forced into a substitution as L. Micciani couldn't continue playing due to some rough treatment, so P. Groza had to come in from the bench. As Nord-Ost's captain went off, he handed the armband to G. Polizzi. Olympique were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up coming through the center. Nord-Ost's coach was furious with T. Mahlambeni after he picked up a yellow for saying one too many words to the ref. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Olympique would have 62 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Nord-Ost's top performer was clearly İ. Elçibəy. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because R. Sliunkovas seemed to stumble all over the pitch. A. Ege performed admirably for Olympique. I can't remember M. Pascual ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 2 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield weak (high) inadequate (very high) 15 20 4/20 5/20
Right defense outstanding (very low) poor (high) 37 11 10/20 3/20
Central defense brilliant (very low) passable (very high) 41 24 11/20 6/20
Left defense outstanding (high) weak (very low) 39 13 10/20 4/20
Right attack inadequate (very low) weak (low) 17 14 5/20 4/20
Central attack formidable (low) excellent (very high) 34 32 9/20 8/20
Left attack inadequate (low) formidable (very high) 18 36 5/20 9/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense excellent (high) passable (very low) 31 21 8/20 6/20
Attack excellent (high) inadequate (high) 31 19 8/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack in the middle
Tactic skill brilliant supernatural 11 14 11/20 14/20


1 - 0  A. Rampone 36'
2 - 0  L. Micciani 77'
1 card accumulated G. Polizzi 35'
Suspended for next match E. Barborinas 86'
1 card accumulated T. Mahlambeni 89'
Got injured L. Micciani 87'
Substitution Out  L. Rosnati
In  G. Sammarco
Offensive To  Toward Middle
Substitution Out  B. Eicher
In  G. Pescarmona
Substitution Out L. Micciani
In P. Groza



Chance distribution

Home Away
3 8

1 Left attack 1
0 Central attack 3
1 Right attack 2
1 Other 2
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 excellent (high) passable (very low) 31 21 8/20 6/20
Attack excellent (high) inadequate (high) 31 19 8/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack in the middle
Tactic skill brilliant supernatural 11 14 11/20 14/20

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (very low) inadequate (very high) 17 20 5/20 5/20
Average midfield weak (high) inadequate (very high) 15 20 4/20 5/20
Average defense outstanding (high) weak (very high) 39 16 10/20 4/20
Average attack passable (high) solid (very high) 23 28 6/20 7/20
Total average solid (low) passable (very low) 26 21 7/20 6/20


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