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Sparks 2 - 1 Always

Clear skies welcomed the 34649 spectators who had made their way to The Slaughterfield. Anthony Ruft was the appointed referee. A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Sparks. Starters: Clutterbuck - Montero, Gehe, Suleman, Meirlaen - Surgeon, Batens, Forsbratt, Cenčić - Škrbić, Fan.

Always started off with a 2-5-3 lineup. They fielded: Kaptur - Lobdale, Toledo - Torgersen, Perrot, Albert, Proškėnas, Gilbey - Wight, Liénard, Wilson.

Sparks's game plan was to sit back and absorb the pressure, then break on the counter whenever possible. Always saw most attack opportunities on the wings. Sparks took the lead 9 minutes into the game by 1 to 0, as O. Fan elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing it off with a half-volley shot just below the bar. If the home side can close out the game with their lead intact, they'll have J. Clutterbuck to thank, after he made a stunning leap to deny V. Liénard from scoring the equalizer after a run through the center 23 minutes in. The long pass from Sparks's B. Cenčić caught the defense out of position. M. Škrbić collected the ball with the goal as open as McDonald's on a Friday night. 2 - 0. It was obvious that Always had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle. Always's right side looked dangerous after 27 minutes, as L. Lobdale broke through. J. Clutterbuck continued to stifle them, however, as he made the save look easy. The crowd was amused as F. Toledo of Always used a few interesting tricks and dribbles to get into the penalty box. The finish by W. Gilbey wasn't very amusing, however, and the score was unchanged. It was 2 - 0 at the break. Always were doing a good job holding on to the ball, with 51 percent of possession.

M. Škrbić could have put Sparks up one more, but he fired into the side netting after breaking free on the left after 52 minutes. Sparks's D. Surgeon swung in a good chance from the left, but the visitors' defense were able to clear the ball. The visitors got one back when V. Liénard finished off a play from the left and scored after 76 minutes. 2 - 1 was the score. The visitors almost came back with an equalizer 77 minutes into the match after a good combination down the middle, but G. Perrot didn't get enough power behind the attempted finish to seriously challenge the keeper. M. Škrbić let loose a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide. This part of the game was a standoff between the teams as far as possession.

Sparks's top performer was clearly M. Škrbić. K. Suleman turned in a dismal performance, however. Always's best player was J. Wight. However, M. Kaptur made a disastrous appearance. The match ends 2 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield passable (high) passable (very high) 23 24 6/20 6/20
Right defense outstanding (very high) excellent (very high) 40 32 10/20 8/20
Central defense brilliant (very low) passable (low) 41 22 11/20 6/20
Left defense outstanding (very low) formidable (very high) 37 36 10/20 9/20
Right attack excellent (very low) magnificent (low) 29 46 8/20 12/20
Central attack excellent (very low) magnificent (very high) 29 48 8/20 12/20
Left attack excellent (high) brilliant (high) 31 43 8/20 11/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense formidable (very high) excellent (high) 36 31 9/20 8/20
Attack formidable (very high) solid (high) 36 27 9/20 7/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill magnificent divine 12 20 12/20 20/20
 

Highlights

1 - 0  O. Fan 9'
2 - 0  M. Škrbić 25'
2 - 1  V. Liénard 76'

Possession

49%
51%
50%
50%
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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 formidable (very high) excellent (high) 36 31 9/20 8/20
Attack formidable (very high) solid (high) 36 27 9/20 7/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill magnificent divine 12 20 12/20 20/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (very low) inadequate (very high) 25 20 7/20 5/20
Average midfield passable (high) passable (very high) 23 24 6/20 6/20
Average defense outstanding (high) excellent (low) 39 30 10/20 8/20
Average attack excellent (very low) magnificent (very low) 29 45 8/20 12/20
Total average excellent (low) formidable (very low) 30 33 8/20 9/20

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