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32223 fans turned up at Bilateria Stadium, and despite threatening clouds, no rain came. Gernot Tomic was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Frans Stark and Andreas Wikborn. Platyhelminthes had chosen a strategic 5-3-2 formation. The following players took the field: Lehtikari - Brown, Okada, Sugden, Patrick, Mason - Matyska, Orellana, Van Nuffel - Donaldson, Moret.

A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for North. Starters: Feaster - Melato, Cirillo, De Rosa - Yurretauria, Dupanović, Stadden, Dudea, Chuprov - Marticorena, Bustyński.

Platyhelminthes concentrated their attacks in the middle of the field, rather than on the wings. North showed off their creative tactics. After 2 minutes, Platyhelminthes's M. Donaldson successfully broke up a pass with his face. Instinctively, he got up again only to unintentionally use his now-throbbing schnozz to break up a second pass. As he was carted off for a concussion check, G. Ryder ran onto the field to take his place. After a fine move down the middle G. Ryder nearly put the home side one up with 15 minutes played. His final touch escaped him though and the keeper smothered the ball. Platyhelminthes's J. Brown tried to break through the middle repeatedly, but the visitors' defenders were just too alert. Some great play up the middle by Platyhelminthes led to a chance for J. Orellana to get the go-ahead goal with 23 minutes played, but the shot hit the crossbar. Halftime score was 0 - 0. North won the midfield battle for the half, with 55 percent possession of the ball.

The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to D. Okada, but the Platyhelminthes player managed to shrug them off and fire a low shot that 5-holed the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0! It was obvious that Platyhelminthes had instructions to attack in the middle when they directed a break on the wing into the center of the park. Platyhelminthes's D. Okada saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates 55 minutes in. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 66 minutes on the clock after J. Orellana's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Platyhelminthes player a yellow card though. If the home side can close out the game with their lead intact, they'll have J. Lehtikari to thank, after he made a stunning leap to deny M. Marticorena from scoring the equalizer after a run through the center 75 minutes in. The corner kick from T. Moret set W. Van Nuffel up perfectly, as he soared to meet the ball, heading it in for 2 - 0. At this point, it was obvious that the players of Platyhelminthes lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. North were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 54 percent of possession.

Platyhelminthes's top performer was clearly D. Okada. M. Mason turned in a dismal performance, however. North's best player was M. Dupanović. On the other hand, G. Cirillo's play was disheartening. The match ends 2 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very high) weak (high) 12 15 3/20 4/20
Right defense formidable (high) weak (very low) 35 13 9/20 4/20
Central defense magnificent (low) poor (very high) 46 12 12/20 3/20
Left defense inadequate (very high) weak (very low) 20 13 5/20 4/20
Right attack wretched (very high) weak (very low) 8 13 2/20 4/20
Central attack poor (very high) weak (high) 12 15 3/20 4/20
Left attack wretched (low) poor (low) 6 10 2/20 3/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (very low) weak (high) 21 15 6/20 4/20
Attack weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the middle Play creatively
Tactic skill outstanding - 10 - 10/20
 

Highlights

1 - 0  D. Okada 51'
2 - 0  W. Van Nuffel 76'
1 card accumulated J. Orellana 66'
Got injured M. Donaldson 2'
Substitution Out M. Donaldson
In G. Ryder
2'

Possession

45%
55%
46%
54%
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense passable (very low) weak (high) 21 15 6/20 4/20
Attack weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack in the middle Play creatively
Tactic skill outstanding - 10 - 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (low) weak (very high) 14 16 4/20 4/20
Average midfield poor (very high) weak (high) 12 15 3/20 4/20
Average defense formidable (low) weak (very low) 34 13 9/20 4/20
Average attack wretched (very high) weak (very low) 8 13 2/20 4/20
Total average inadequate (low) weak (low) 18 14 5/20 4/20

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