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It had rained all day, but 62959 hardy fans still made it out to The Ayerside. Athletic tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. They fielded: Birney - Catterall, Pace, Fitzpatrick - Lampard, Cleary, Newman Spaul, Baxendale, Laurin - LeBlanc, Skinner.

Bongos decided to use a 4-5-1 set up. Starters: Lanza - Torrão, Ellard, Trasmonte, Skov-Jensen - Rønnov, Broendsted, Mäkiollitervo, von Fischer-Treuenfeld, Stefanutti - Bartoli.

Bongos saw most attack opportunities on the wings. A. Catterall sailed high above the opponents as he headed the 1 - 0 goal in on a corner kick from C. LeBlanc after 10 minutes of play. The visitors got just what they'd been looking for after 21 minutes when B. Skov-Jensen received a pass from the left and buried it in the bottom corner, leveling it at 1 - 1. It was 1 - 1 at the break. The statistics showed Athletic in control of the ball, with 63 percent possession.

55 minutes into the match, the Athletic manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged. Slack defending gave Athletic a chance to take the lead with 70 minutes played, but M. Skinner's cross from the left flank was met gratefully by the opposition who cleared it to safety. Always quick on his feet, Athletic's A. Laurin sped down the field after 75 minutes, but his pass to M. Skinner was just a bit too far ahead for him to get a good shot off. The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief when O. Mäkiollitervo was unable to give the visitors the go-ahead goal after his attack from the left in minute 77. Athletic were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 65 percent of possession.

Most important Athletic player was F. Baxendale. W. Lampard was a disappointment, however. P. Bartoli performed admirably for Bongos. On the other hand, C. Broendsted's play was disheartening. The match ends 1 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield outstanding (low) passable (high) 38 23 10/20 6/20
Right defense brilliant (high) magnificent (high) 43 47 11/20 12/20
Central defense brilliant (low) magnificent (very low) 42 45 11/20 12/20
Left defense brilliant (high) magnificent (very low) 43 45 11/20 12/20
Right attack passable (high) brilliant (low) 23 42 6/20 11/20
Central attack outstanding (very low) inadequate (high) 37 19 10/20 5/20
Left attack formidable (low) brilliant (high) 34 43 9/20 11/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense formidable (low) excellent (very low) 34 29 9/20 8/20
Attack excellent (low) passable (high) 30 23 8/20 6/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20
 

Highlights

1 - 0  A. Catterall 10'
1 - 1  B. Skov-Jensen 21'
Behavior A. Laurin
Normal  To  Offensive
55'

Possession

63%
37%
65%
35%
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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 formidable (low) excellent (very low) 34 29 9/20 8/20
Attack excellent (low) passable (high) 30 23 8/20 6/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (low) inadequate (very high) 22 20 6/20 5/20
Average midfield outstanding (low) passable (high) 38 23 10/20 6/20
Average defense brilliant (high) magnificent (low) 43 46 11/20 12/20
Average attack excellent (high) formidable (high) 31 35 8/20 9/20
Total average outstanding (very low) formidable (high) 37 35 10/20 9/20

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