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FCA 3 - 2 Sulzbach

Overcast weather free of rain made for a turnout of 41104 at The Jericho-Horns Arena today. Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! FCA will go to battle in a 2-5-3 formation. The following players took the field: Lampela - Erich, Rigozzi - Suppiger, Klamm, Stremmenos, Numanović, Engurs - Cione, Avian, Zenker.

Our studio analysts were correct. Sulzbach has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. Starters: Papalino - Uranus, Tepla, Benea - Ben Yahia, Budianto, Geren, Dobler, Behnke - Cotti, Sauber.

FCA mostly ignored the flanks in favor of their ability to attack in the middle. The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to E. Suppiger, but the FCA player managed to shrug them off and fire a low shot that 5-holed the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0! M. Budianto finished off a quick charge from the left of the field by chipping the ball just over the home side's keeper, making the score 1 - 1 15 minutes into the game. R. Benea came close to putting the visiting team one up 31 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but J. Lampela managed to tip the ball over. Sulzbach took the lead after 33 minutes making the score 1 - 2. The keeper had no chance on H. Dobler's fine volley after a cross from the left. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 2. The statistics geek breathlessly ran into the press box to show FCA in control of the ball, with 58 percent possession. Thanks, Poindexter.

Central attacks were the recipe of the day for FCA, and they were successfully passing the ball from the wing into the middle at the behest of their coach. G. Stremmenos made a superb effort after 49 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. The Sulzbach coach was happy with the scoreline, but still wanted to change the lineup. After 50 minutes, E. Stignani came on for A. Cotti. Sulzbach's M. Uranus wanted to play on, but after 60 minutes the decision was made to give R. Majdan a chance in his place. The Sulzbach players could smell victory in the air. M. Budianto wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for Ç. Göknar after 65 minutes. With 65 minutes played, FCA's H. Engurs pulled up limping after a savage, cowardly challenge. But he's not yet ready to shuffle off this mortal coil. He's staying in to play on. The valiant never taste of death but once! After 66 minutes, E. Numanović got through on the right and was very close to equalizing for the home side, but he didn't get the shot right and it rolled just past the far post. The crowd was on its feet at the 67 minute mark, as FCA's E. Numanović found himself all alone in front of the goal after a dash up the left side. He calmly put away the 2 - 2 equalizer. FCA broke through on the left after 72 minutes, with G. Stremmenos firing at an impossible angle to give the home side a 3 - 2 lead. The forty-five minutes were dominated by FCA, with an impressive 56 percent possession of the ball.

The most outstanding FCA player was without a doubt B. Cione. Good thing L. Rigozzi isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. H. Dobler performed admirably for Sulzbach. It wasn't Star Wars night, but R. Majdan sure smelled like bantha poodoo. The match ends 3 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield outstanding (high) solid (high) 39 27 10/20 7/20
Right defense weak (low) excellent (very low) 14 29 4/20 8/20
Central defense inadequate (very high) world class (very low) 20 49 5/20 13/20
Left defense poor (high) excellent (very low) 11 29 3/20 8/20
Right attack inadequate (high) inadequate (high) 19 19 5/20 5/20
Central attack magnificent (low) solid (high) 46 27 12/20 7/20
Left attack passable (very low) passable (very low) 21 21 6/20 6/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (high) passable (very high) 23 24 6/20 6/20
Attack passable (low) inadequate (high) 22 19 6/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the middle Normal
Tactic skill brilliant (no tactic) 11 (no tactic) 11/20


1 - 0  E. Suppiger 13'
1 - 1  M. Budianto 15'
1 - 2  H. Dobler 33'
2 - 2  E. Numanović 67'
3 - 2  G. Stremmenos 72'
Got bruised H. Engurs 65'
Substitution Out  A. Cotti
In  E. Stignani
Substitution Out  M. Uranus
In  R. Majdan
Normal To  Offensive
Substitution Out  M. Budianto
In  Ç. Göknar



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 3

2 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 1
4 Right attack 0
0 Other 0
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 passable (high) passable (very high) 23 24 6/20 6/20
Attack passable (low) inadequate (high) 22 19 6/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the middle Normal
Tactic skill brilliant (no tactic) 11 (no tactic) 11/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (high) inadequate (low) 27 18 7/20 5/20
Average midfield outstanding (high) solid (high) 39 27 10/20 7/20
Average defense weak (high) formidable (very high) 15 36 4/20 9/20
Average attack excellent (very low) passable (low) 29 22 8/20 6/20
Total average solid (very high) solid (very high) 28 28 7/20 8/20


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