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It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 5663 that came out to -cuervorium-. Hampus Stjärngren was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Luigi Maria Rigo and Frithjof Grabenberger. Gentlemen prefer blondes and -cuervo- prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Starters: López - Nekrylov, Nihti, Håkansson - Mendoza, Gómez de Rivero, Pareras, Ordóñez, Lancashire - Balbás Fernández, Ecay.

Our studio analysts were correct. Diablos has taken the field in a 3-4-3 alignment. They fielded: Schiltz - Ayetxu, Bota, Gonzalo - Aduna, von Treuenfels, de Luaces, Genov - Kouki, Šehagić, Võsu.

-cuervo- were mostly trying to use their outstanding skill at attacking on the flanks. Using their brilliant skill, Diablos pushed their attacks towards the wings. After 18 minutes cheers broke out as C. Lancashire found his way through the guests' central defensive line, rattling the 1 - 0 goal in off the woodwork for -cuervo-. While many of the players were tiring under the hot sun, this kind of weather suited E. Balbás Fernández perfectly as he delicately danced around his opponents. A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased -cuervo-'s lead to 2 - 0 as C. Pareras finished it off clinically, firing the shot from a terrible angle. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Diablos's F. Gonzalo got himself booked. The home team's fans were upset when, after 37 minutes, the visiting A. Kouki broke through the central defense and got the ball past the keeper. 2 - 1 was the score. The score became 3 - 1 with 40 minutes played, when -cuervo- were given a penalty. O. Nekrylov made no mistake and increased the home lead. There was concern in the stands when, at the 41 minute mark, -cuervo-'s E. López hit the ground hard, but with the help of the trainer's magic spray, he rejoined his teammates on the field. Halftime score was 3 - 1. The forty-five minutes were dominated by -cuervo-, with an impressive 58 percent possession of the ball.

With this kind of heat, a slower passing game gives the best results. Unfortunately, this didn't suit J. Võsu at all, as he found he couldn't show off his noted strength and power because of the high temperatures. 51 minutes had passed when -cuervo- put themselves up 4 - 1 after the visiting defenders lost the ball to U. Håkansson, who came up from the left and proceeded to easily go around the goalkeeper and knock the ball home. At this point, it was obvious that the players of -cuervo- lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. With 56 minutes gone, Diablos replied and reduced the lead to 4 - 2. K. von Treuenfels scored after a marvelous cross from the left. Against a lesser team, -cuervo- could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick combination after 57 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save. Players in -cuervo- heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead. -cuervo-'s C. Lancashire had an excellent opportunity 63 minutes in, shooting after bringing down a ball from the right, but he missed the goal by miles! C. Pareras was not content with his team's lead, and tried to extend it 64 minutes into the game after a nice run through the middle, but his shot went wide. A. Gómez de Rivero increased -cuervo-'s lead to 5 - 2, connecting with a hooked ball from the right. The away fans are claiming handball, to no avail. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that -cuervo- had 61...61 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Most important -cuervo- player was E. Balbás Fernández. I can't remember E. López ever having a worse night than he just had. Diablos's best player was A. Kouki. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because B. Bota seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 5 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield poor (high) wretched (very high) 11 8 3/20 2/20
Right defense weak (low) weak (very high) 14 16 4/20 4/20
Central defense weak (low) weak (low) 14 14 4/20 4/20
Left defense weak (low) inadequate (low) 14 18 4/20 5/20
Right attack passable (very high) passable (very high) 24 24 6/20 6/20
Central attack poor (very high) solid (very low) 12 25 3/20 7/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) solid (high) 20 27 5/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (low) weak (very high) 18 16 5/20 4/20
Attack inadequate (very low) inadequate (low) 17 18 5/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Attack on wings
Tactic skill outstanding brilliant 10 11 10/20 11/20


1 - 0  C. Lancashire 18'
2 - 0  C. Pareras 28'
2 - 1  A. Kouki 37'
3 - 1  O. Nekrylov 40'
4 - 1  U. Håkansson 51'
4 - 2  K. von Treuenfels 56'
5 - 2  A. Gómez de Rivero 66'
1 card accumulated F. Gonzalo 29'
Got bruised E. López 41'



Chance distribution

Home Away
9 2

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defense inadequate (low) weak (very high) 18 16 5/20 4/20
Attack inadequate (very low) inadequate (low) 17 18 5/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Attack on wings
Tactic skill outstanding brilliant 10 11 10/20 11/20

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (low) wretched (high) 6 7 2/20 2/20
Average midfield poor (high) wretched (very high) 11 8 3/20 2/20
Average defense weak (low) weak (very high) 14 16 4/20 4/20
Average attack inadequate (high) solid (very low) 19 25 5/20 7/20
Total average weak (high) weak (very high) 15 16 4/20 5/20


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