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571 punters turned up at Empire Arena, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Agapito Sosa was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Zenon Kucz and Mats Karlsson. A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Football. The following players took the field: Cunha Rocha - Capece, Basauri, Eryiğit, Chevrollier, Vegas - Venturi, Miquel, Verze, Diakonow - Rajković.

Strongest had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation. They fielded: Paul - de Espadanedo, Parot, Gürcan, Kavalauskas - Cengiz, Hartmannsdorf, Castell, Racioppi, Kung - Archundia.

Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Strongest. P. Gürcan sailed high above the opponents as he headed in a corner kick from D. Castell after 8 minutes of play, making the score 0 - 1. After 39 minutes Strongest's P. Gürcan contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game. 0 - 1 was the halftime score. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Football, with 64 percent of the ball.

After 53 minutes, Football switched C. Miquel with R. Larsson, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch. Ž. Kavalauskas wanted to play on, but the Strongest coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 70 minutes into the game by R. Hulzinga. Content with how the game was proceeding, the Strongest coach let A. Akıska replace M. Archundia after 75 minutes. Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Football's S. Rajković was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 78 minutes. B. Kalani was given a chance to change things around. The bench was restless, and with 78 minutes passed Football's coach gave Š. Mate the opportunity the player had been hoping for. J. Venturi reluctantly left the field. The Football coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change strategy. A tussle 78 minutes into the match resulted in a penalty being awarded to the home team and S. Diakonow put the ball into the back of the net without any difficulty. That tied the score up at 1 - 1. Strongest had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 84 minutes, but D. Castell's shot from the left sailed high over the bar. 87 minutes of the match played, and a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but M. Cengiz, after finding himself dashing down on goal from the left with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide. Possession in this half belonged to Football, who controlled the ball 57 percent of the time.

Most important Football player was S. Diakonow. On the other hand, P. Capece's play was disheartening. Strongest's top performer was clearly A. Akıska. R. Hulzinga turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 1 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (high) poor (low) 19 10 5/20 3/20
Right defence weak (low) excellent (low) 14 30 4/20 8/20
Central defence inadequate (very high) formidable (very low) 20 33 5/20 9/20
Left defence inadequate (very low) solid (low) 17 26 5/20 7/20
Right attack weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20
Central attack poor (high) wretched (very high) 11 8 3/20 2/20
Left attack wretched (very high) poor (very low) 8 9 2/20 3/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence weak (low) inadequate (low) 14 18 4/20 5/20
Attack weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) excellent (no tactic) 8 8/20


0 - 1  P. Gürcan 8'
1 - 1  S. Diakonow 78'
Got bruised P. Gürcan 39'
Substitution Out  C. Miquel
In  R. Larsson
Substitution Out  Ž. Kavalauskas
In  R. Hulzinga
Substitution Out  M. Archundia
In  A. Akıska
Substitution Out  S. Rajković
In  B. Kalani
Defensive To  Towards Wing
Substitution Out  J. Venturi
In  Š. Mate
Towards Middle To  Offensive
Behaviour R. Larsson
Normal  To  Towards Wing


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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence weak (low) inadequate (low) 14 18 4/20 5/20
Attack weak (high) weak (very low) 15 13 4/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) excellent (no tactic) 8 8/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (very low) poor (low) 9 10 3/20 3/20
Average midfield inadequate (high) poor (low) 19 10 5/20 3/20
Average defence inadequate (very low) excellent (very low) 17 29 5/20 8/20
Average attack poor (high) poor (low) 11 10 3/20 3/20
Total average weak (very high) weak (very high) 16 16 4/20 5/20


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