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Dark skies made the crowd of 29674 at Campo João Simões a little nervous, but the rain held off. Mikhail Gaenko was the appointed referee. The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Alcainça formed up in a 3-4-3 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. They fielded: Maas - Pinzón, Dany, Canaydın - Cikursch, Muggli, Rada, Borgato - Bushmanov, Cartaxo, Iliucci.

Our studio analysts were correct. PALMINHA has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. The following players took the field: Iordan - Cardeira, Gadelha, Marchante - Marchel, Mleczek, Poccis, Menegatti, Grund - Bratsberg, Barbarà.

Alcainça clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle today. It was an obvious ambition of PALMINHA to play a wide game, attacking down the wings rather than through the center. C. Iliucci's name was chanted throughout the stadium after his goal in minute 13 following a run up the middle gave Alcainça the 1 - 0 lead. After 26 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by W. Rada might have resulted in another goal for Alcainça. However, P. Iordan made a spectacular save. A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased Alcainça's lead to 2 - 0 as V. Bushmanov finished it off clinically, firing the shot from a terrible angle. 36 minutes had passed when Alcainça put themselves up 3 - 0 after the visiting defenders lost the ball to W. Rada, who came up from the left and proceeded to easily go around the goalkeeper and knock the ball home. By now, the players of Alcainça felt that victory was a sure thing and began to play it safe, focusing on defense and not risking too much going forward. It was 3 - 0 at the break. The statistics geek breathlessly ran into the press box to show Alcainça in control of the ball, with 57 percent possession. Thanks, Poindexter.

Was it the hair gel? Was it a gift from the gods? Either way, the faithful won't care. Soaring like a Saturn V, A. Menegatti somehow got his head on a A. Mleczek moonshot from the corner and buried it in the back of the net. What grace! What power! Plant the flag for PALMINHA, Neil Armstrong! The score is now 3 - 1. Desperate for a goal, PALMINHA's J. Barbarà saw that the home team's keeper was off his line. Coming in from the right side, his chip successfully reduced the lead to 3 - 2. The home side's S. Canaydın came close to extending the lead after 68 minutes. His shot came in from the right but P. Iordan managed to push it wide with his fingertips. Alcainça's G. Borgato wanted to play on, but after 70 minutes the decision was made to give C. Monte a chance in his place. The home team will be cursing L. Marchante for weeks; he finished off a great pass from the left, knocking it past the keeper without a problem 72 minutes in. It's anyone's game now! 3 - 3. Making his way up the middle after 73 minutes, H. Muggli almost managed to sneak a goal past the visitors' keeper, but P. Iordan was ready and blocked it to keep the score level. Alcainça took the lead 74 minutes into the game after a magnificent free kick by H. Muggli that made the score 4 - 3. M. Pinzón had put in a good 75 minutes and left the field with a smile on his face due to his team's lead. R. Prados was the replacement. Alcainça set the tempo, maintaining 54 percent of possession.

The local beauty queen presented Alcainça's M. Dany with a prize turducken for being named Man of the Match. I can't remember M. Maas ever having a worse night than he just had. L. Marchante performed admirably for PALMINHA. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by P. Iordan today. The match ends 4 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield passable (high) inadequate (very low) 23 17 6/20 5/20
Right defense inadequate (low) inadequate (very high) 18 20 5/20 5/20
Central defense formidable (high) formidable (very high) 35 36 9/20 9/20
Left defense excellent (very high) solid (very low) 32 25 8/20 7/20
Right attack weak (low) solid (very low) 14 25 4/20 7/20
Central attack excellent (high) solid (high) 31 27 8/20 7/20
Left attack excellent (very low) solid (low) 29 26 8/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (very low) passable (high) 21 23 6/20 6/20
Attack passable (low) inadequate (very low) 22 17 6/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the middle Attack on wings
Tactic skill world class supernatural 13 14 13/20 14/20


1 - 0  C. Iliucci 13'
2 - 0  V. Bushmanov 32'
3 - 0  W. Rada 36'
3 - 1  A. Menegatti 66'
3 - 2  J. Barbarà 67'
3 - 3  L. Marchante 72'
4 - 3  H. Muggli 74'
Substitution Out  G. Borgato
In  C. Monte
Substitution Out  M. Pinzón
In  R. Prados



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 3

2 Left attack 1
4 Central attack 0
1 Right attack 1
1 Other 0
0 Special events 1
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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 (very low) passable (high) 21 23 6/20 6/20
Attack passable (low) inadequate (very low) 22 17 6/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the middle Attack on wings
Tactic skill world class supernatural 13 14 13/20 14/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (very high) weak (very high) 16 16 4/20 4/20
Average midfield passable (high) inadequate (very low) 23 17 6/20 5/20
Average defense solid (very high) solid (high) 28 27 7/20 7/20
Average attack solid (very low) solid (low) 25 26 7/20 7/20
Total average solid (very low) passable (high) 25 23 7/20 6/20


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