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Sensai 0 - 5 Iwakuni

39436 fans turned up at Chitose Stadium, and despite threatening clouds, no rain came. Rajmond Heremans was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Joni Larjama and Simon Eule. Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! Sensai will go to battle in a 4-5-1 formation. Lineup: 佐藤 (Sato) - 橘 (Tachibana), 斎藤 (Saito), Watanabe, 柏木 (Kashiwagi) - 浅見 (Asami), 笠原 (Kasahara), Kurihara, 原 (Hara), 吉田 (Yoshida) - Levante.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Iwakuni prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. They fielded: Sandblom - Bergman, Jaworek, 成辉 (Chenghui) - Arras, 山本 (Yamamoto), Aoyama, 原田 (Harada), Farkas - Hautz, Goldberger.

Many fans are yawning as Sensai appears to be more enamored of using their passable pressing skills to smother the opponents' attacks rather than create attacks of their own. But all will be forgiven if it achieves a good result. Iwakuni were mostly trying to use their divine skill at attacking on the flanks. Players in Iwakuni heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead. The bleachers were silenced after 12 minutes when Iwakuni's 有. 山本 (Yamamoto) put the guests ahead 0 - 1, following an attack on the right. 有. 山本 (Yamamoto) somehow managed to break free of his man on the left wing and only needed a relatively easy finish to bring Iwakuni's lead up to 0 - 2. After 27 minutes, Iwakuni's W. Hautz 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, N. Rønde ran onto the field to take his place. S. Farkas's well-known speed was on display as he darted past his defender and sent a beautiful pass through the defender’s legs to O. Goldberger who scored the 0 - 3 goal. At this time in the match, Sensai were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game. The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 3. Iwakuni were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 76 percent of possession.

After the ball was lifted in from the left, K. Jaworek was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 62 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. A thrilling play through the middle after 73 minutes gave Iwakuni's N. Rønde a chance to increase the lead, and he happily obliged. The score was then 0 - 4. The away team's 有. 山本 (Yamamoto) took advantage of a mistake on the home side's right after 74 minutes increasing Iwakuni's lead to 0 - 5. One, two, three goals! That completed a hattrick for 有. 山本 (Yamamoto). AH! AH! AH! Confident in their lead, Iwakuni's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Iwakuni would have 79 percent possession in this half was spot on!

P. Levante performed admirably for Sensai. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because 利. 吉田 (Yoshida) seemed to stumble all over the pitch. Iwakuni's best player was 有. 山本 (Yamamoto). I can't remember M. Sandblom ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 0 - 5.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very high) formidable (low) 12 34 3/20 9/20
Right defense formidable (high) outstanding (very high) 35 40 9/20 10/20
Central defense brilliant (very high) formidable (low) 44 34 11/20 9/20
Left defense outstanding (low) outstanding (high) 38 39 10/20 10/20
Right attack weak (high) brilliant (low) 15 42 4/20 11/20
Central attack inadequate (very low) excellent (low) 17 30 5/20 8/20
Left attack poor (very high) outstanding (very high) 12 40 3/20 10/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (very high) passable (high) 24 23 6/20 6/20
Attack passable (very low) inadequate (low) 21 18 6/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Pressing Attack on wings
Tactic skill passable divine 6 20 6/20 20/20


0 - 1  有. 山本 (Yamamoto) 12'
0 - 2  有. 山本 (Yamamoto) 25'
0 - 3  O. Goldberger 35'
0 - 4  N. Rønde 73'
0 - 5  有. 山本 (Yamamoto) 74'
Got injured W. Hautz 27'
Substitution Out W. Hautz
In N. Rønde



Chance distribution

Home Away
0 10

0 Left attack 3
0 Central attack 1
0 Right attack 1
0 Other 4
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 passable (very high) passable (high) 24 23 6/20 6/20
Attack passable (very low) inadequate (low) 21 18 6/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Pressing Attack on wings
Tactic skill passable divine 6 20 6/20 20/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (low) passable (very low) 10 21 3/20 6/20
Average midfield poor (very high) formidable (low) 12 34 3/20 9/20
Average defense outstanding (high) outstanding (low) 39 38 10/20 10/20
Average attack weak (high) outstanding (low) 15 38 4/20 10/20
Total average passable (low) outstanding (very low) 22 37 6/20 10/20


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