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Weather conditions were fairly good for soccer, and Ray Watt Arena saw a turnout of 76495. René Swagemakers was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Artur Gontek and Anđelko Pocrnja. Fans of both teams had been eagerly awaiting this New South Wales rivalry match and were doing their best to outshout their opponents. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, United decided to go with a 3-5-2 formation. Starters: Totev - Clements, Vaissière, Titan - Diggelmann, Dowse, Duval, Sweet, Feeney - Espinoza, Orfei.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and TheLacyUnderalls prefers a 4-4-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. They fielded: Ukas - Dahlström, Anjos Silva, Felser, Snoeys - Biročák, Saat, Solís, Rupérez - Suikka, Ene.

It was an obvious ambition of United to play a wide game with their divine ability to attack down the wings. Like the adage "bend but don't break", TheLacyUnderalls will rely on their supernatural ability to counter-attack today. United broke through on the left after 9 minutes, with M. Sweet firing at an impossible angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead. G. Titan increased United's lead to 2 - 0 with a penalty spot cannonball. P. Diggelmann was not content with his team's lead, and tried to extend it 43 minutes into the game after a nice run through the middle, but his shot went wide. With the clock showing 44 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of TheLacyUnderalls resulted in a counter-attack that was smoothly brought under control by M. Saat in the center of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high. D. Ene had a good opportunity to reply with a break through the middle, but the home team's goalkeeper V. Totev just wouldn't be beat. The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that United would have 61 percent possession in this half was spot on!

With 58 minutes played, D. Orfei could have brought this one home for United as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high. Attacking on the wings was the theme of the day for United, and they were successfully passing the ball outside from the middle. United's M. Espinoza had an excellent opportunity 60 minutes in, shooting after bringing down a ball from the right, but he missed the goal by miles! M. Espinoza gave United supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 3 - 0 after 66 minutes, following a good exchange of passes on the right that the away team failed to deal with. A great save by keeper R. Ukas with 77 minutes gone kept the visitors in the game after M. Espinoza struck from the left with a real cannonball. After 78 minutes, the defensive line of TheLacyUnderalls created a counter-attack through the middle that gave M. Saat a good look at goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. The forty-five minutes were dominated by United, with an impressive 60 percent possession of the ball.

Most important United player was M. Espinoza. I can't remember F. Duval ever having a worse night than he just had. The most outstanding TheLacyUnderalls player was without a doubt P. Suikka. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because M. Dahlström seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 3 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (low) solid (low) 42 26 11/20 7/20
Right defense supernatural (very low) titanic (very low) 53 57 14/20 15/20
Central defense brilliant (low) magnificent (high) 42 47 11/20 12/20
Left defense world class (very high) supernatural (very high) 52 56 13/20 14/20
Right attack world class (low) titanic (very low) 50 57 13/20 15/20
Central attack formidable (high) formidable (low) 35 34 9/20 9/20
Left attack magnificent (very high) outstanding (very high) 48 40 12/20 10/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense excellent (very high) excellent (low) 32 30 8/20 8/20
Attack solid (low) passable (very low) 26 21 7/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine (+2) supernatural 22 14 22/20 14/20


1 - 0  M. Sweet 9'
2 - 0  G. Titan 31'
3 - 0  M. Espinoza 66'



Chance distribution

Home Away
9 3

3 Left attack 0
2 Central attack 3
2 Right attack 0
2 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 excellent (very high) excellent (low) 32 30 8/20 8/20
Attack solid (low) passable (very low) 26 21 7/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine (+2) supernatural 22 14 22/20 14/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (low) passable (high) 26 23 7/20 6/20
Average midfield brilliant (low) solid (low) 42 26 11/20 7/20
Average defense world class (very low) supernatural (very low) 49 53 13/20 14/20
Average attack brilliant (very high) brilliant (very high) 44 44 11/20 11/20
Total average magnificent (very low) brilliant (very low) 45 41 12/20 11/20


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