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Weather conditions were fairly good for soccer, and viborg stadion saw a turnout of 56499. Demetrio Matienzo was the appointed referee. Our studio analysts were correct. Stoke has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. The following players had been selected: da Luz - Schregg, Paganoni, Constantin - Sevdil, Vestrup, Bøge, Grobov, Veth - Groenenberg, Orbe.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and rekrutter formed up in a 4-5-1 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. Starters: Pessa - Lykke, Hujayrah, Corneliussen, Nuutinmäki - Massegu, 柏耀 (Boyao), Birdal, Thomas, Peirano - Zullo.

A formidable level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of rekrutter. A beautiful, arcing corner kick from H. Schregg found G. Constantin at the far post, soaring to meet the ball. The keeper is late and he's headed it in for 1 - 0! Stoke added another goal to their lead as G. Constantin struck home for 2 - 0 after an attack from the left set him up unmarked in front of the keeper. Stoke's players now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. Coming in from the right, N. Sevdil almost managed to score another goal for Stoke, but his header was kept out by the lightning fast reflexes of the visiting keeper. V. Grobov let loose a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide. Though the away team's keeper dove the wrong way on H. Schregg's penalty 35 minutes in, he managed to keep it out with his outstretched leg. After 36 minutes rekrutter tried to use their counter-attacking skills. Unfortunately, M. Lykke's shot sailed wide after his break down the right. It was 2 - 0 at the break. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Stoke would have 66 percent possession in this half was spot on!

After 46 minutes, rekrutter substituted H. Corneliussen for T. Gormsen, hoping for a quick impact on the field. With 46 minutes played, the rekrutter coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. N. Åhstål came on and D. Zullo had to leave the fray. The home side's A. Groenenberg came close to extending the lead after 53 minutes. His shot came in from the right but A. Pessa managed to push it wide with his fingertips. rekrutter mounted an inspired counter-attack down the right wing after 54 minutes, but N. Åhstål was unable to convert from short range. The Stoke players could smell victory in the air. A. Groenenberg wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for D. Gross after 62 minutes. V. Grobov was not content with his team's lead, and tried to extend it 71 minutes into the game after a nice run through the middle, but his shot went wide. Stoke solidified their lead at the 77 minute mark, as M. Bøge snaked the ball through the central line of defense and finished for 3 - 0. Stoke's N. Sevdil was shown a yellow card after 78 minutes for slicing down an opponent. After more pushing and shoving than a pack of helicopter moms trying to get the last appointment for their snowflakes to see the Easter Bunny, Stoke's C. Veth finally got himself booked for a foul. Due to a severely mistimed tackle, N. Åhstål of rekrutter spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game. The forty-five minutes were dominated by Stoke, with an impressive 66 percent possession of the ball.

Stoke's best player was K. Vestrup. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because V. Paganoni seemed to stumble all over the pitch. S. Birdal performed admirably for rekrutter. Speaking of stinking up the place, T. Gormsen sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The match ends 3 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (very low) passable (very low) 41 21 11/20 6/20
Right defense brilliant (very low) formidable (high) 41 35 11/20 9/20
Central defense outstanding (high) formidable (very high) 39 36 10/20 9/20
Left defense brilliant (low) excellent (high) 42 31 11/20 8/20
Right attack solid (very high) passable (very high) 28 24 7/20 6/20
Central attack excellent (very low) weak (very high) 29 16 8/20 4/20
Left attack formidable (high) formidable (high) 35 35 9/20 9/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (high) solid (very high) 27 28 7/20 7/20
Attack passable (very high) passable (very low) 24 21 6/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) formidable (no tactic) 9 9/20


1 - 0  G. Constantin 11'
2 - 0  G. Constantin 29'
3 - 0  M. Bøge 77'
1 card accumulated N. Sevdil 78'
1 card accumulated C. Veth 83'
Got bruised N. Åhstål 84'
Substitution Out  H. Corneliussen
In  T. Gormsen
Substitution Out  D. Zullo
In  N. Åhstål
Substitution Out  A. Groenenberg
In  D. Gross



Chance distribution

Home Away
10 2

2 Left attack 0
2 Central attack 0
4 Right attack 2
1 Other 0
1 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 solid (high) solid (very high) 27 28 7/20 7/20
Attack passable (very high) passable (very low) 24 21 6/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) formidable (no tactic) 9 9/20

Average ratings

Total player experience excellent (very low) solid (high) 29 27 8/20 7/20
Average midfield brilliant (very low) passable (very low) 41 21 11/20 6/20
Average defense brilliant (very low) formidable (low) 41 34 11/20 9/20
Average attack excellent (high) solid (very low) 31 25 8/20 7/20
Total average outstanding (low) solid (high) 38 27 10/20 7/20


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