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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 with assistance provided by Eugeni Vegal and Rory MacGuffie. 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 clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could. Always saw most attack opportunities on the wings. Sparks took the lead 9 minutes into the game by 1 - 0, as O. Fan elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing off with a half-volley shot just below the bar. The visitors kept the pressure on to tie the game when, after 23 minutes, V. Liénard broke through the centre and found himself alone with the keeper. J. Clutterbuck made a great block, though. After 25 minutes, a long pass from Sparks's B. Cenčić caught the defence out of position. M. Škrbić collected the ball, and with the goal at his mercy calmly rolled the ball just inside the post. 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, as the ball flew way over the crossbar. It was 2 - 0 at the break. Always had most of 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' defence were able to clear the ball. The visitors got one back when V. Liénard finished off a pass from the left and scored after 76 minutes. 2 - 1 was the score. The visitors almost came back with an equaliser 77 minutes into the match after a good combination through the middle, but when G. Perrot tried to finish the attack, he couldn't get enough power on the shot to seriously challenge the keeper. M. Škrbić unleashed 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 in terms of 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 defence outstanding (very high) excellent (very high) 40 32 10/20 8/20
Central defence brilliant (very low) passable (low) 41 22 11/20 6/20
Left defence 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
Defence 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

Defence 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 defence 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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