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Clear skies welcomed the 4845 spectators who had made their way to Mentalità Ultras Arena. Gentlemen prefer blondes and Mentalità prefers a 4-4-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Starters: Yunger - Viera, Howald, Salaminiotis, Machado - Simon, La Verghetta, Thon, Aniorte - Grzenkowicz, Marchand.

Our studio analysts were correct. Milan~ has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. They fielded: Scalone - Gonzaga, Dönhoff, van Arendonk - Heus, Stefanelli, Bertaux, Deniz, Zora - Pietragalla, Librizzi.

Milan~ clearly preferred using their outstanding ability to attack in the middle today. 12 minutes into the game, M. Zora almost gave the visitors the lead, as he chipped a delicate lob over the keeper, but the ball glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. Milan~'s M. Zora had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 16 minutes gone. R. Mihai was the replacement. 20 minutes into the game, Mentalità seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a solid level of organization. The head of R. Mihai connected with a beautiful corner kick after 23 minutes. He wasn't shooting, though, but rather passing to E. Stefanelli of Milan~ who buried the shot for 0 - 1. After 24 minutes, Milan~ raised their score by one when R. Mihai's dangerous low cross was cleverly tucked in at the near post by G. Pietragalla. 0 - 2. After 27 minutes, G. La Verghetta of Mentalità had a good opportunity to reduce the away team's lead with a chance created through the middle, but he scuffed the ball harmlessly past the post. V. Simon of Mentalità received a yellow card after 28 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Mentalità's A. Thon got himself booked. 34 minutes into the game, Mentalità seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to passable. After the ball was lifted in from the left, R. Mihai was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 36 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. Mentalità's coach was furious with P. Salaminiotis after he picked up a yellow for saying one too many words to the ref. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 41 minutes on the clock after R. Heus's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Milan~ player a yellow card though. Halftime score was 0 - 2. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Milan~ had 55...55 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Mentalità's coach went over the strategy again during the break, and after that his players had solid organization. Mentalità's G. La Verghetta found himself alone on the left side 59 minutes into the match and launched a marshmallow of a shot - right into the arms of the keeper. What a turkey! The away team's fans are gobbling it up! The ball was in the back of the home team's net yet again after 64 minutes, but this time the referee called the goal back because V. Librizzi had knocked a member of the opposing team to the ground while the play occurred down the middle of the field. With 81 minutes played, Milan~ put themselves up 0 - 3 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was M. Bertaux. Milan~'s T. Gonzaga received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 86 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 0 - 4. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! At this point, it was obvious that the players of Milan~ lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. 87 minutes in, Mentalità appeared unsure on how to play and their organization was only inadequate. L. van Arendonk was ever so close to scoring after an excellent corner was perfectly redirected by R. Mihai, but the ball went off the post and out. After 89 minutes of game time, E. Stefanelli had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, hitting a cross from the right with a half volley, but E. Yunger was in the right place and tipped the ball to a corner. Milan~ set the tempo, maintaining 56 percent of possession.

G. La Verghetta performed admirably for Mentalità. Speaking of stinking up the place, U. Machado sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. Milan~'s top performer was clearly G. Pietragalla. Good thing R. Heus isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. The match ends 0 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very low) poor (low) 9 10 3/20 3/20
Right defense weak (high) poor (very low) 15 9 4/20 3/20
Central defense inadequate (very low) weak (very high) 17 16 5/20 4/20
Left defense weak (low) poor (low) 14 10 4/20 3/20
Right attack weak (very low) weak (very low) 13 13 4/20 4/20
Central attack poor (very low) inadequate (high) 9 19 3/20 5/20
Left attack wretched (very low) weak (very high) 5 16 2/20 4/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense weak (very low) weak (very high) 13 16 4/20 4/20
Attack poor (low) weak (high) 10 15 3/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack in the middle
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20


0 - 1  E. Stefanelli 23'
0 - 2  G. Pietragalla 24'
0 - 3  M. Bertaux 81'
0 - 4  T. Gonzaga 86'
1 card accumulated V. Simon 28'
1 card accumulated A. Thon 33'
1 card accumulated P. Salaminiotis 37'
1 card accumulated R. Heus 41'
Got injured M. Zora 16'
Substitution Out M. Zora
In R. Mihai



Chance distribution

Home Away
4 9

2 Left attack 1
2 Central attack 3
0 Right attack 2
0 Other 0
0 Special events 3
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense weak (very low) weak (very high) 13 16 4/20 4/20
Attack poor (low) weak (high) 10 15 3/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack in the middle
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (very high) poor (very low) 8 9 2/20 3/20
Average midfield poor (very low) poor (low) 9 10 3/20 3/20
Average defense weak (very high) poor (very high) 16 12 4/20 3/20
Average attack poor (very low) weak (very high) 9 16 3/20 4/20
Total average poor (high) weak (very low) 11 13 3/20 4/20


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