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Santos 1 - 0 A.F.C

The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 68034 had shown up at Monumental Santos for the match. The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Santos formed up in a 3-5-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. They fielded: Björkstedt - Lander, Bravo, Mancera - Iranzo, Tovar, Davidson, Riutta, Straßenfeld - Stănescu, Goasguen.

Our studio analysts were correct. A.F.C has taken the field in a 4-5-1 alignment. Starters: Csekei - Kurttila, Amatriain, Kallitzakis, Vianes - Novais, Ibarra, Acevedo, Chairi, Kapataidakis - Vanoni.

S. Stănescu is making an astonishing dash. The fans are chanting his name. You can hear it reverberate around the stadium. Now a manic sprint up the middle and into the box. Oh! He's thrown open the door! He's thrown open the door, shot the ball through, and slammed the door shut on Mr. Tumnus! Santos has taken the lead 19 minutes into the match, 1 to 0. There'll be no Turkish Delight after the match for the keeper! 1 - 0 was the halftime score. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Santos would have 51 percent possession in this half was spot on!

After 69 minutes, A.F.C's I. Kallitzakis wobbled like a one-legged man on Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras, but he's determined to stay in the match. He's a real fighter! After a short break 70 minutes in, Santos seemed to change their tactical approach a bit. D. Tovar was not content with his team's lead, and tried to extend it 74 minutes into the game after a nice run through the middle, but his shot went wide. A swat on the tuchus is all it took to keep A.F.C's J. Acevedo in the match after injuring his achilles tendon. The ball is in play and we're underway again after 81 minutes have been played. Santos's D. Tovar had an excellent opportunity 85 minutes in, shooting after bringing down a ball from the right, but he missed the goal by miles! Neither team had an advantage in possession this half.

Santos's best player was A. Goasguen. Good thing O. Straßenfeld isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. J. Chairi performed admirably for A.F.C. Speaking of stinking up the place, M. Novais sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The match ends 1 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (very low) outstanding (low) 41 38 11/20 10/20
Right defense titanic (very low) world class (very high) 57 52 15/20 13/20
Central defense supernatural (low) brilliant (very high) 54 44 14/20 11/20
Left defense supernatural (very high) world class (very high) 56 52 14/20 13/20
Right attack magnificent (high) poor (high) 47 11 12/20 3/20
Central attack outstanding (low) passable (very low) 38 21 10/20 6/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) world class (high) 20 51 5/20 13/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (very high) solid (high) 24 27 6/20 7/20
Attack passable (very high) passable (very low) 24 21 6/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


1 - 0  S. Stănescu 19'
Got bruised I. Kallitzakis 69'
Got bruised J. Acevedo 81'
Behavior A. Riutta
Offensive  To  Normal



Chance distribution

Home Away
6 4

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


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience excellent (high) passable (very high) 31 24 8/20 6/20
Average midfield brilliant (very low) outstanding (low) 41 38 11/20 10/20
Average defense supernatural (very high) world class (very low) 56 49 14/20 13/20
Average attack formidable (high) solid (high) 35 27 9/20 7/20
Total average brilliant (very high) outstanding (low) 44 38 11/20 10/20


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