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A scorching day at San Gennaro, where 1220 spectators were in place for today's match. Alfredo Algora was the appointed referee. The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Mazzarri formed up in a 4-4-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. The following players had been selected: Buşe - Slezák, Zoli, Castelló, Warecki - Zeegelaar, Brđović, Ferreira, Dirlmeier - Pescarmona, Popa.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Monkeys prefers a 3-4-3. Let's see how this plays out for them. Starters: Donthi - Donthineni, Tucci, Kardar - Chovan, Bajwa, Basu, Ingalhalikar - Cusanno, Copin, Winter.

Many fans are yawning as Mazzarri appears to be more enamored of using their weak pressing skills to smother the opponents' attacks rather than create attacks of their own. But all will be forgiven if it achieves a good result. Monkeys seemed to prefer attacking in the middle, using their formidable ability to great effect. The crowd gasped as A. Bajwa of Monkeys was flattened by an opponent after 22 minutes and had to be helped off the field. D. Bhide hopped from the bench to replace him. The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 25 minutes of hard work with a breakthrough from K. Slezák, who, all by his lonesome, came out of the right wing and hooked the ball over the visitors' keeper. 29 minutes into the game, Monkeys seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to inadequate. There was concern in the stands when, at the 37 minute mark, Monkeys's W. Winter hit the ground hard, but with the help of the trainer's magic spray, he rejoined his teammates on the field. 44 minutes into the game, Mazzarri's I. Zeegelaar tried to nail the coffin shut, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net. After more pushing and shoving than a pack of helicopter moms trying to get the last appointment for their snowflakes to see the Easter Bunny, Mazzarri's W. Warecki finally got himself booked for a foul. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 0. Mazzarri set the tempo, maintaining 54 percent of possession.

The Monkeys coach might have gone through a whole marker putting the playbook up on the board, but it seemed to have worked, with the team regaining a solid organization for the second half. Cheers filled the stadium as I. Zoli broke through the visitors' central defense to put away the 2 - 0 goal for Mazzarri. 57 minutes into the game, Monkeys seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a passable level of organization. R. Chovan was usually one of the fastest around, but after a few lightning-like runs, the heat seemed to have drained him of his energy. 72 minutes into the game, Monkeys had difficulty finding their positions and their organization dropped to inadequate. R. Chovan showed his inexperience when he failed to anticipate the bounce of a high ball, allowing Mazzarri's M. Brđović to take advantage and place a shot into the bottom corner of the goal. 3 - 0. 74 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defense had to look on as U. Dirlmeier ran straight through, knocking one home to make it 4 - 0 for Mazzarri. At this point, it was obvious that the players of Mazzarri lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. Monkeys were given a lifeline when the referee pointed to the spot 75 minutes into the game. P. Ingalhalikar struck the penalty well, making it 4 - 1. A swat on the tuchus is all it took to keep Monkeys's D. Cusanno in the match after injuring his achilles tendon. The ball is in play and we're underway again after 80 minutes have been played. Mazzarri pressed their opponents, causing the game to be a bit of a deadlock at times. Mazzarri solidified their lead at the 84 minute mark, as D. Popa snaked the ball through the central line of defense and finished for 5 - 1. In minute 86, I. Castelló put Mazzarri ahead 6 - 1 with a tremendous free kick. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Mazzarri would have 53 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Mazzarri's top performer was clearly D. Popa. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because U. Dirlmeier seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The most outstanding Monkeys player was without a doubt A. Copin. I can't remember D. Bhide ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 6 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (low) wretched (high) 6 7 2/20 2/20
Right defense passable (very low) poor (very low) 21 9 6/20 3/20
Central defense passable (low) poor (very high) 22 12 6/20 3/20
Left defense weak (high) poor (very high) 15 12 4/20 3/20
Right attack poor (high) wretched (very high) 11 8 3/20 2/20
Central attack poor (very high) weak (low) 12 14 3/20 4/20
Left attack wretched (high) poor (high) 7 11 2/20 3/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20
Attack weak (low) weak (very low) 14 13 4/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Pressing Attack in the middle
Tactic skill weak formidable 4 9 4/20 9/20


1 - 0  K. Slezák 25'
2 - 0  I. Zoli 49'
3 - 0  M. Brđović 73'
4 - 0  U. Dirlmeier 74'
4 - 1  P. Ingalhalikar 75'
5 - 1  D. Popa 84'
6 - 1  I. Castelló 86'
1 card accumulated W. Warecki 44'
Got injured A. Bajwa 22'
Got bruised W. Winter 37'
Got bruised D. Cusanno 80'
Substitution Out A. Bajwa
In D. Bhide



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 2

2 Left attack 0
3 Central attack 1
1 Right attack 0
1 Other 1
1 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 weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20
Attack weak (low) weak (very low) 14 13 4/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Pressing Attack in the middle
Tactic skill weak formidable 4 9 4/20 9/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (low) wretched (very low) 10 5 3/20 2/20
Average midfield wretched (low) wretched (high) 6 7 2/20 2/20
Average defense inadequate (high) poor (high) 19 11 5/20 3/20
Average attack poor (low) poor (high) 10 11 3/20 3/20
Total average poor (very high) poor (low) 12 10 3/20 3/20


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