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32223 punters turned up at Bilateria Stadium, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, 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 used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings. North showed off their creative tactics. Platyhelminthes's M. Donaldson left the field after 2 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was G. Ryder. After a fine move down the middle G. Ryder nearly gave the home side a goal after 15 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide. Platyhelminthes's J. Brown tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders. Some great play up the middle by Platyhelminthes led to a chance for J. Orellana to score after 23 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar. Halftime score was 0 - 0. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by North, with 55 percent of the ball.

The visitors' central defence should have had no trouble clearing the pass to D. Okada, but the Platyhelminthes player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0! It was obvious that team Platyhelminthes had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings. Platyhelminthes's D. Okada saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 55 minutes. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave J. Orellana from Platyhelminthes a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 66 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! The visitors kept the pressure on to tie the game when, after 75 minutes, M. Marticorena broke through the centre and found himself alone with the keeper. J. Lehtikari made a great block, though. The corner kick from T. Moret was powerfully met by the head of W. Van Nuffel to make the score 2 - 0. At this point, it was obvious that the players of Platyhelminthes lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. North had most of 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 defence formidable (high) weak (very low) 35 13 9/20 4/20
Central defence magnificent (low) poor (very high) 46 12 12/20 3/20
Left defence 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
Defence 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 booking 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

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 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 defence 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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