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It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 17000 that came out to Dusk Stadium. Nilton Bacamarte was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Charles Revert and Kent Wahlby. Dragons started off with a 5-3-2 lineup. They fielded: da Vila - Zanev, Gambrill, Komorowski, Lappin, Abitbol - Wensink, Đức Minh, Saygın - Waldring, Mutumui.

A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Melbourne. Lineup: Paiva - Stravocheris, Jousmäki, Woe, de Beuker - Hernesniemi, McGrady, Lančić, Brener - Teodorof, Juntumaa.

Dragons's game plan was to sit back and absorb the pressure, then break on the counter whenever possible. For their match strategy, Melbourne had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible. With 15 minutes played I. Zanev almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide. With the clock showing 23 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Melbourne resulted in a counter-attack that was smoothly brought under control by D. McGrady in the center of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high. Melbourne took the lead after 31 minutes making the score 0 - 1. The keeper had no chance on N. Teodorof's fine volley after a cross from the left. E. Waldring was just a finger's width away from an equalizer for Dragons with a strike from the left, but F. Paiva managed to deflect the shot out for a corner. 42 minutes into the match, the visitors put themselves ahead 0 - 2 as K. Jousmäki finished off an attack from the left with a spectacular bicycle kick. Halftime score was 0 - 2. Dragons set the tempo, maintaining 53 percent of possession.

At 51 minutes into the game, Dragons's E. Waldring cooly knocked the ball home after an impressive run down the left, reducing the visitors' lead to 1 - 2. Usually a powerful player on the field, K. Jousmäki looked rather pale and tired under the hot sun. Almost all the way down at the corner flag, Melbourne's Y. Brener somehow managed to get a perfect pass into the middle, impossible to miss for M. Juntumaa, who scored for 1 - 3. Melbourne's N. Teodorof wanted to play on, but after 70 minutes the decision was made to give M. Maitena a chance in his place. The Melbourne players could smell victory in the air. E. Hernesniemi wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for S. Morgan after 70 minutes. Y. Brener wasn't much help defensively. His energy-consuming forward runs proved quite costly in the oppressive heat. Dragons's K. Đức Minh managed a superb strike from the left after 75 minutes that would have left goalkeeper F. Paiva without a chance, had it not hit the post. 76 minutes into the game Melbourne managed a counter-attack, but R. de Beuker took a soft shot from the left flank that was easy prey for the alert keeper. F. Mutumui enjoyed the sunshine and demonstrated his stunning technique over and over again. Melbourne were able to mount several counter-attacks, such as the impressive one 85 minutes in, but Y. Brener lofted a free kick over the crossbar. Neither team had an advantage in possession this half.

Dragons's top performer was clearly F. Mutumui. H. Saygın turned in a dismal performance, however. Melbourne's best player was D. McGrady. However, K. Jousmäki made a disastrous appearance. The match ends 1 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (very high) wretched (high) 8 7 2/20 2/20
Right defense passable (very high) inadequate (high) 24 19 6/20 5/20
Central defense solid (low) passable (very high) 26 24 7/20 6/20
Left defense inadequate (high) passable (low) 19 22 5/20 6/20
Right attack solid (very low) passable (very low) 25 21 7/20 6/20
Central attack inadequate (high) weak (very high) 19 16 5/20 4/20
Left attack weak (very high) passable (very low) 16 21 4/20 6/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (low) inadequate (very low) 26 17 7/20 5/20
Attack solid (very low) weak (high) 25 15 7/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Counter-attacks
Tactic skill world class excellent 13 8 13/20 8/20


0 - 1  Niculaie Teodorof 31'
0 - 2  Kari Jousmäki 42'
1 - 2  Emory Waldring 51'
1 - 3  Mikko Juntumaa 64'
Substitution Out  Niculaie Teodorof
In  Mariano Maitena
Substitution Out  Ernesti Hernesniemi
In  Siaki Morgan
Normal To  Toward Middle



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 7

4 Left attack 3
3 Central attack 1
1 Right attack 0
0 Other 2
0 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 (low) inadequate (very low) 26 17 7/20 5/20
Attack solid (very low) weak (high) 25 15 7/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Counter-attacks
Tactic skill world class excellent 13 8 13/20 8/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (very low) poor (high) 13 11 4/20 3/20
Average midfield wretched (very high) wretched (high) 8 7 2/20 2/20
Average defense passable (high) passable (low) 23 22 6/20 6/20
Average attack inadequate (very high) inadequate (high) 20 19 5/20 5/20
Total average inadequate (very low) weak (very high) 17 16 5/20 4/20


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