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Dark skies made the crowd of 36781 at Teamzone Arena a little nervous, but the rain held off. The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Teamzone formed up in a 3-5-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. Starters: Berdejo - Ebels, Korkeamäki, Ritto - Melone, Komínek, Obłąkowski, Pratscher, Dvorževskis - Mamin, Corvaja.

Our studio analysts were correct. Blackbirdz has taken the field in a 4-5-1 alignment. They fielded: Melo - Peca, Moldavskiy, Järvelä, Wallenstein - Villa, Hansen, Aragó, Formby, Rošić - Baccarani.

A magnificent level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Blackbirdz. Blackbirdz almost scored after a swift counter-attack 6 minutes into the game, but N. Villa put the shot from the left flank just outside the frame. Blackbirdz had a good opportunity to score the go-ahead goal after a combination on the right but the home team's keeper A. Berdejo saved J. Formby's shot that was headed straight to the top corner. After 9 minutes, Teamzone's A. Mamin ran past M. Järvelä like he was standing still to put away the 1 - 0 goal. The home team will be cursing N. Villa for weeks; he finished off a great pass from the left, knocking it past the keeper without a problem 20 minutes in. It's anyone's game now! 1 - 1. Teamzone created a good opportunity to score 22 minutes into the game when G. Melone's hooked ball from the left created a scuffle in front of the goal, but the visitors' defenders eventually won out. The guests almost went up by a goal with 24 minutes elapsed when S. Aragó came through from the right. The shot bounced harmlessly off the post, though. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Teamzone's G. Melone got himself booked. You can tell J. Formby practices his free kicks. 35 minutes into the match, he hit a perfect one and made the score 1 - 2. 1 - 2 was the halftime score. Teamzone set the tempo, maintaining 55 percent of possession.

Teamzone's P. Obłąkowski almost tied things up after 63 minutes when he broke through on the right, but his shot deflected off the post. Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Teamzone's D. Corvaja was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the field after 72 minutes. A. Phillips was given a chance to change things around. Teamzone's G. Melone put his head to a high ball coming in from the right after 72 minutes, but the ball went wide. Blackbirdz almost scored after a counter-attack 73 minutes into the match, but G. Hansen took a shot from the left that landed harmlessly in the side netting. After 74 minutes of game time, N. Villa had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, hitting a cross from the right with a half volley, but A. Berdejo was in the right place and tipped the ball to a corner. With 75 minutes gone, K. Ebels suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counter-attack by Teamzone caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Teamzone would have 55 percent possession in this half was spot on!

The most outstanding Teamzone player was without a doubt A. Phillips. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because P. Obłąkowski seemed to stumble all over the pitch. Most important Blackbirdz player was M. Baccarani. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by M. Järvelä today. The match ends 1 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield excellent (very high) solid (low) 32 26 8/20 7/20
Right defense solid (very high) brilliant (very high) 28 44 7/20 11/20
Central defense world class (very low) magnificent (low) 49 46 13/20 12/20
Left defense magnificent (high) formidable (very high) 47 36 12/20 9/20
Right attack magnificent (very low) formidable (very high) 45 36 12/20 9/20
Central attack brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20
Left attack supernatural (very low) passable (very high) 53 24 14/20 6/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (very low) excellent (very high) 25 32 7/20 8/20
Attack passable (very low) solid (very low) 21 25 6/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20


1 - 0  A. Mamin 9'
1 - 1  N. Villa 20'
1 - 2  J. Formby 35'
1 card accumulated G. Melone 33'
Substitution Out  D. Corvaja
In  A. Phillips



Chance distribution

Home Away
6 9

2 Left attack 3
0 Central attack 2
3 Right attack 3
0 Other 1
1 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense solid (very low) excellent (very high) 25 32 7/20 8/20
Attack passable (very low) solid (very low) 21 25 6/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
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 excellent (very high) solid (low) 32 26 8/20 7/20
Average defense brilliant (very low) brilliant (low) 41 42 11/20 11/20
Average attack magnificent (high) solid (high) 47 27 12/20 7/20
Total average outstanding (very high) excellent (very high) 40 32 10/20 8/20


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