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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 41275 had shown up at Estatio de Messen for the match. Kolja Wittmaack was the appointed referee. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Athletic decided to go with a 3-5-2 formation. Lineup: Laurītis - Cimino, Inglin, Dominguez - Laig, Kunth, Pellegrin, Borelbach, Florea - Bustamante, Bächli.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Rotblau prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. They fielded: Bruyère - Metzler, Menonen, Rigaudeau - Miro, Meillasson, Serena, Laubacher, Vakkilainen - Sundby, Jabłoński.

With 7 minutes played R. Bustamante almost gave the home side the lead with a clever free kick, but the visitors' S. Bruyère was onto it, grabbing the would-be breakthrough ball. As quick as a flash, R. Bächli of Athletic lost his man and passed the ball to the wide-open R. Bustamante who easily hit it home to make it 1 - 0. E. Laurītis became the hero of the day for the home crowd as he saved a penalty by J. Jabłoński after 17 minutes. A cross coming in on the right hand side left P. Metzler alone in front of the goal after 26 minutes but his shot wasn't taken well. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Athletic's J. Kunth got himself booked. The visitors wouldn't quit and after 40 minutes, J. Jabłoński evened things up as he finished off a perfect pass from the right. 1 - 1. Some great play up the middle by Athletic led to a chance for O. Dominguez to get the go-ahead goal with 41 minutes played, but the shot hit the crossbar. Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 42 minutes into the match left Rotblau's J. Jabłoński completely free to score. 1 - 2 for the visitors. 1 - 2 was the score after the first half. Rotblau were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 59 percent of possession.

The cannonball from 35 yards by D. Miro of Rotblau was an impressive attempt, but didn't make it into the net. J. Kunth made a superb effort after 66 minutes after a long ball through the middle, but one of the visitors' defenders got a foot in at the last second to preserve the away lead. Rotblau's J. Jabłoński received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 74 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 1 - 3. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! That was his third goal of the match - a hattrick for J. Jabłoński! That's the name of the game! 76 minutes into the game, Rotblau were awarded a penalty and J. Jabłoński was able to increase the visitors' lead to 1 - 4, rolling the ball in off the right post. After this, you could see that Rotblau's players were mostly interested in killing time and holding on to their lead. Maybe it was because of his team's lead, or maybe it was due to the ease with which he broke down the left, but J. Jabłoński was a bit too sure of his talents, so instead of taking the easy tap-in goal after 79 minutes, he went for the backheel, which he put woefully wide. Rotblau set the tempo, maintaining 58 percent of possession.

Athletic's top performer was clearly M. Borelbach. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by T. Laig today. The most outstanding Rotblau player was without a doubt O. Sundby. Good thing J. Jabłoński isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. The match ends 1 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield excellent (low) brilliant (low) 30 42 8/20 11/20
Right defense formidable (low) brilliant (high) 34 43 9/20 11/20
Central defense formidable (high) magnificent (very low) 35 45 9/20 12/20
Left defense outstanding (low) brilliant (very high) 38 44 10/20 11/20
Right attack passable (high) magnificent (very low) 23 45 6/20 12/20
Central attack formidable (high) excellent (low) 35 30 9/20 8/20
Left attack brilliant (very low) brilliant (very high) 41 44 11/20 11/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (very low) solid (low) 21 26 6/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) solid (very low) 18 25 5/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


1 - 0  R. Bustamante 15'
1 - 1  J. Jabłoński 40'
1 - 2  J. Jabłoński 42'
1 - 3  J. Jabłoński 74'
1 - 4  J. Jabłoński 76'
1 card accumulated J. Kunth 29'



Chance distribution

Home Away
4 8

0 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 1
0 Right attack 2
1 Other 2
1 Special events 1
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense passable (very low) solid (low) 21 26 6/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) solid (very low) 18 25 5/20 7/20


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

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (high) excellent (very low) 23 29 6/20 8/20
Average midfield excellent (low) brilliant (low) 30 42 8/20 11/20
Average defense formidable (high) brilliant (very high) 35 44 9/20 11/20
Average attack formidable (very low) outstanding (high) 33 39 9/20 10/20
Total average formidable (very low) brilliant (low) 33 42 9/20 11/20


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