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27901 spectators arrived at Campo João Simões, where weather conditions were pretty good for soccer. ZhangCai Eng-Leong was the appointed referee. Our studio analysts were correct. Alcainça has taken the field in a 3-4-3 alignment. Lineup: Pujol - Pinzón, Dany, Canaydın - Monte, Cikursch, Muggli, Borgato - Bushmanov, Cartaxo, Iliucci.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Saint-Étienne prefers a 5-4-1. Let's see how this plays out for them. The following players took the field: Bar - Sieczka, Stevanato, de Poel, Diehl, Thyner - Earl, Stefchev, Plutnar, Mazas - Budiño.

Alcainça used their supernatural ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the field. A magnificent level of 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 match, as he went down trying to beat A. Bar after an attack through the middle gave him the one-on-one opportunity. Slack defending gave Alcainça a chance to take the lead with 17 minutes played, but V. Bushmanov's cross from the left flank was met gratefully by the opposition who cleared it to safety. It was a fine day for G. Borgato down the touchline, and his cross to C. Monte 23 minutes in was executed especially well, but the keeper saved the ensuing shot. A counter-attack by Saint-Étienne after 25 minutes could have resulted in a goal, but A. Sieczka, coming in on the left, waited too long to shoot. After more pushing and shoving than a pack of helicopter moms trying to get the last appointment for their snowflakes to see the Easter Bunny, Saint-Étienne's A. Sieczka finally got himself booked for a foul. Saint-Étienne's L. Mazas could have put the guests one up 31 minutes in after chasing a through ball from the right, but É. Pujol was as quick as a snake, grabbing the ball from under his nose. The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to S. Canaydın, but the Alcainça player managed to shrug them off and fire a low shot that 5-holed the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0! 1 - 0 was the score after the first half. Saint-Étienne set the tempo, maintaining 52 percent of possession.

Proving that a foot massage and a pre-game pedicure can work wonders, H. Diehl sent a rocket into the box from the corner, finding L. Mazas, who headed it past the keeper with extreme prejudice. 54 minutes in and it's 1 - 1! Alcainça were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up coming through the center. C. Monte's name was chanted throughout the stadium after his goal in minute 65 following a run up the middle gave Alcainça the 2 - 1 lead. The Alcainça coach was happy with the scoreline, but still wanted to change the lineup. After 75 minutes, R. Prados came on for M. Pinzón. An equalizing goal was close at hand, but H. Diehl clipped a free kick just wide of the goal. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Saint-Étienne would have 53 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Alcainça's best player was P. Cartaxo. Speaking of stinking up the place, É. Pujol sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. Most important Saint-Étienne player was I. Stefchev. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by J. de Poel today. The match ends 2 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield weak (very high) weak (very high) 16 16 4/20 4/20
Right defense inadequate (low) magnificent (very low) 18 45 5/20 12/20
Central defense excellent (very high) titanic (low) 32 58 8/20 15/20
Left defense 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
Defense 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 card accumulated A. Sieczka 26'
Substitution Out  M. Pinzón
In  R. Prados
75'

Possession

48%
52%
47%
53%

Chance distribution

Home Away
7 6

2 Left attack 1
4 Central attack 0
0 Right attack 2
0 Other 2
1 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 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 defense 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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