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27901 spectators arrived at Campo João Simões, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. ZhangCai Eng-Leong was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Johan Wahlwald and Jude Rich. Alcainça started off with a 3-4-3 lineup. Lineup: Pujol - Pinzón, Dany, Canaydın - Monte, Cikursch, Muggli, Borgato - Bushmanov, Cartaxo, Iliucci.

A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Saint-Étienne. The following players took the field: Bar - Sieczka, Stevanato, de Poel, Diehl, Thyner - Earl, Stefchev, Plutnar, Mazas - Budiño.

Alcainça used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings. Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Saint-Étienne. Many thought P. Cartaxo ought to have been awarded a penalty 7 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around A. Bar after a determined run through the middle. Slack defending gave Alcainça a chance to take the lead with 17 minutes played, but V. Bushmanov's cross from the left flank was fumbled in front of the goal and easily dealt with by the opposition. It was a fine day for G. Borgato on his wing, his cross pass to C. Monte was especially delicate 23 minutes into the game, but the keeper saved. A counterattack by Saint-Étienne after 25 minutes could have resulted in a goal, but A. Sieczka, coming in on the left, couldn't get the shot off. Saint-Étienne's A. Sieczka got himself booked for a foul. Saint-Étienne's L. Mazas could have put the guests one up after 31 minutes after chasing a through ball from the right, but É. Pujol was as fast as a snake, grabbing the ball from under his nose. The visitors' central defence should have had no trouble clearing the pass to S. Canaydın, but the Alcainça player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0! 1 - 0 was the score after the first half. Saint-Étienne enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 52 percent of possession.

After 54 minutes, H. Diehl sent the corner kick right to L. Mazas who headed it sharply past the keeper. 1 - 1! Alcainça were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up centrally. C. Monte caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 65 minutes. This gave Alcainça the 2 - 1 lead. The coach of Alcainça was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 75 minutes, R. Prados came on for M. Pinzón. An equalising goal was close at hand, but H. Diehl clipped a free kick just wide of the goal. Possession in this half belonged to Saint-Étienne, who controlled the ball 53 percent of the time.

Alcainça's best player was P. Cartaxo. É. Pujol was a disappointment, however. Most important Saint-Étienne player was I. Stefchev. J. de Poel on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 2 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield weak (very high) weak (very high) 16 16 4/20 4/20
Right defence inadequate (low) magnificent (very low) 18 45 5/20 12/20
Central defence excellent (very high) titanic (low) 32 58 8/20 15/20
Left defence solid (very high) magnificent (high) 28 47 7/20 12/20
Right attack excellent (very low) inadequate (high) 29 19 8/20 5/20
Central attack outstanding (high) weak (low) 39 14 10/20 4/20
Left attack formidable (high) inadequate (low) 35 18 9/20 5/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence solid (very low) solid (very high) 25 28 7/20 7/20
Attack passable (very high) inadequate (very high) 24 20 6/20 5/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the Middle Counter-attacks
Tactic skill supernatural magnificent 14 12 14/20 12/20
 

Highlights

1 - 0  S. Canaydın 34'
1 - 1  L. Mazas 54'
2 - 1  C. Monte 65'
1 booking accumulated A. Sieczka 26'
Substitution Out  M. Pinzón
In  R. Prados
75'

Possession

48%
52%
47%
53%
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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 solid (very low) solid (very high) 25 28 7/20 7/20
Attack passable (very high) inadequate (very high) 24 20 6/20 5/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the Middle Counter-attacks
Tactic skill supernatural magnificent 14 12 14/20 12/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (very high) weak (very high) 16 16 4/20 4/20
Average midfield weak (very high) weak (very high) 16 16 4/20 4/20
Average defence solid (low) world class (low) 26 50 7/20 13/20
Average attack formidable (low) inadequate (very low) 34 17 9/20 5/20
Total average solid (very low) solid (very high) 25 28 7/20 7/20

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