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The local marching band welcomed a crowd of 27117 to T-mobile Arena. Fabio Ferrarese was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ludwik Gurzyński and Volkhard Hösel-Wechner. Our studio analysts were correct. U-20 Česká republika has taken the field in a 4-4-2 alignment. Starters: Valuch - Stolařík, Modrý, Járka, Minx - Pachman, Barek, Šteffl, Kukol - Vajčner, Hanzal.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and U-20 Ireland formed up in a 5-2-3 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. The following players had been selected: Christie - Whelan, ó Súilleabháin, McGinn, Baird, Cooper - Waterford, McClelland - Glynn, Heany, O'Flynn.

Like the adage "bend but don't break", U-20 Ireland will rely on their world class ability to counter-attack today. A. Kukol of U-20 Česká republika received a yellow card after 16 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. With 21 minutes played, B. Heany knocked one home from a counter-attack down the right wing, making the score 0 - 1. 22 minutes into the game, U-20 Česká republika seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to solid. A. Kukol's speed is always a threat when he gets a little room to move, and this time was no different as he broke free of his man to send an on-target through ball to B. Hanzal who knocked it in for U-20 Česká republika. 1 - 1! 40 minutes into the match, the referee signaled for a U-20 Ireland substitution. T. McStravick came on for G. O'Flynn. As the 40 minute mark approached, the U-20 Ireland manager decided it was time for a substitution. B. Heany reluctantly made way for B. Kirwan. After 40 minutes, the U-20 Ireland had a quick word about their shape on the field and decided to try another approach. After 40 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as U-20 Česká republika found themselves out of position and their organization level dropped to solid. It was 1 - 1 at the break. U-20 Česká republika were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 60 percent of possession.

During the break, U-20 Česká republika's coach went through the team's tactics yet again, getting them up to solid organization. With the clock showing 60 minutes, the fourth official held up the substitution board. D. McGinn looked to see that it was his number in red, so he made his way over to the sideline and swapped out for G. Fitzgerald, though he would have liked to continue. Was that a pass or a bad touch? Either way, the inexperienced Š. Pachman almost gave U-20 Ireland a goal, but luckily they couldn't capitalize on the mistake. 65 minutes into the game, U-20 Česká republika wanted to bring some new energy to their game. S. Járka gave J. Chrobok a quick hug as he left the field. Priding himself in being an active coach, the U-20 Česká republika manager gave new directions for his players after 70 minutes. After 75 minutes, the U-20 Česká republika coach wanted to see a new face on the field, waving A. Kukol off. G. Štursa took his place. With 78 minutes of the match played, a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but D. Baird, after dashing down on goal from the left and finding himself with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide. U-20 Ireland's P. Cooper managed to lose the defenders as he burst through the right side and scored, putting the visitors ahead, 1 - 2. With 85 minutes played, the U-20 Česká republika coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. B. Pohořelský came on and Š. Pachman had to leave the fray. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that U-20 Česká republika had 53...53 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Most important U-20 Česká republika player was J. Chrobok. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by I. Stolařík today. U-20 Ireland's top performer was clearly B. Kirwan. Speaking of stinking up the place, G. Fitzgerald sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The match ends 1 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield passable (high) poor (very high) 23 12 6/20 3/20
Right defense outstanding (very high) world class (very high) 40 52 10/20 13/20
Central defense brilliant (very high) supernatural (low) 44 54 11/20 14/20
Left defense world class (low) magnificent (high) 50 47 13/20 12/20
Right attack poor (very high) outstanding (high) 12 39 3/20 10/20
Central attack passable (very high) inadequate (high) 24 19 6/20 5/20
Left attack brilliant (very low) poor (low) 41 10 11/20 3/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (low) solid (low) 26 26 7/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) weak (very high) 18 16 5/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) world class (no tactic) 13 13/20

Share match result


0 - 1  B. Heany 21'
1 - 1  B. Hanzal 39'
1 - 2  P. Cooper 79'
1 card accumulated A. Kukol 16'
Formation Out  G. O'Flynn
In  T. McStravick
5-2-3  To  5-3-2
Formation Out  B. Heany
In  B. Kirwan
5-3-2  To  5-4-1
Behavior B. Glynn
Normal  To  Toward Wing
Formation Out  D. McGinn
In  G. Fitzgerald
Normal To  Toward Middle
5-4-1  To  4-5-1
Formation Out  S. Járka
In  J. Chrobok
Toward Wing To  Normal
4-4-2  To  3-4-3
Behavior B. Hanzal
Normal  To  Toward Wing
Substitution Out  A. Kukol
In  G. Štursa
Substitution Out  Š. Pachman
In  B. Pohořelský



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 5

0 Left attack 1
3 Central attack 0
2 Right attack 2
2 Other 1
1 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 solid (low) solid (low) 26 26 7/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) weak (very high) 18 16 5/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) world class (no tactic) 13 13/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (high) poor (low) 11 10 3/20 3/20
Average midfield passable (high) poor (very high) 23 12 6/20 3/20
Average defense magnificent (very low) world class (high) 45 51 12/20 13/20
Average attack solid (low) passable (high) 26 23 7/20 6/20
Total average excellent (high) excellent (very low) 31 29 8/20 8/20


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