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Fairly good weather for soccer had drawn a crowd of 27117 to T-mobile Arena. Fabio Ferrarese was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ludwik Gurzyński and Volkhard Hösel-Wechner. U-20 Česká republika started off with a 4-4-2 lineup. Starters: Valuch - Stolařík, Modrý, Járka, Minx - Pachman, Barek, Šteffl, Kukol - Vajčner, Hanzal.

U-20 Ireland tactics involved an interesting 5-2-3 combination. The following players had been selected: Christie - Whelan, ó Súilleabháin, McGinn, Baird, Cooper - Waterford, McClelland - Glynn, Heany, O'Flynn.

U-20 Ireland were relying on their ability to counter-attack. 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 statistics showed U-20 Česká republika in control of the ball, with 53 percent possession.

Most important U-20 Česká republika player was J. Chrobok. I. Stolařík on the other hand, had a terrible day. U-20 Ireland's top performer was clearly B. Kirwan. G. Fitzgerald was a disappointment, however. 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
 

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Highlights

0 - 1  Brian Heany 21'
1 - 1  Bohumír Hanzal 39'
1 - 2  Paul Cooper 79'
1 card accumulated Adam Kukol 16'
Formation Out  Gerry O'Flynn
In  Tim McStravick
LF  To  MIM
5-2-3  To  5-3-2
40'
Formation Out  Brian Heany
In  Brian Kirwan
CF  To  LIM
5-3-2  To  5-4-1
40'
Behavior Brendan Glynn
Normal  To  Toward Wing
40'
Formation Out  Darryl McGinn
In  Geoffrey Fitzgerald
Normal To  Toward Middle
MCD  To  LW
5-4-1  To  4-5-1
60'
Formation Out  Slavomil Járka
In  Jiří Chrobok
Toward Wing To  Normal
LCD  To  RF
4-4-2  To  3-4-3
65'
Behavior Bohumír Hanzal
Normal  To  Toward Wing
70'
Substitution Out  Adam Kukol
In  Gustav Štursa
75'
Substitution Out  Štěpán Pachman
In  Bedřich Pohořelský
85'

Possession

60%
40%
53%
47%
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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

Miscellaneous

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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