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Catalunya 0 - 3 va

Dark skies made the crowd of 50187 at Catalunya Arena a little nervous, but the rain held off. Bo Adams was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Barnett MacCartair and Robin Pilwald. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Catalunya decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation. Lineup: Reinares - Campos, Corredor, Utrera, Espinal - Rahman, Santander, Fernández, Chapín - Mellado, Vives.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and va prefers a 3-5-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Starters: Leiva - Cătană, Deville, Galiu - Grytten, Pamidorau, Mitjavila, Latina, Zorzano - Apollonov, Cannizzaro.

va's N. Zorzano gave the visitors a 0 - 1 lead after 16 minutes with a superb strike from the right. The ball was in the back of the home team's net yet again after 19 minutes, but this time the referee called the goal back because A. Galiu had knocked a member of the opposing team to the ground while the play occurred down the middle of the field. va's A. Galiu was shown a yellow card after 20 minutes for slicing down an opponent. Due to a severely mistimed tackle, A. Corredor of Catalunya spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game. 24 minutes into the game, C. Mellado came close to leveling the score with a dangerous shot from the center of the area that went just over the bar. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 29 minutes on the clock after N. Zorzano's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the va player a yellow card though. The home crowd was not impressed when A. Pamidorau came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 32 minutes. va were now up 0 - 2. After the ball was lifted in from the left, I. Apollonov was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 37 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. With 38 minutes gone, a long pass from the defense of Catalunya resulted in a counter-attack that set A. Utrera free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save. 0 - 2 was the halftime score. va did a good job holding on to the ball, with 56 percent of possession.

Catalunya's T. Rahman showed his experience after 53 minutes, as he expertly set himself up to take advantage of a rebound off the crossbar, but his shot was punched harmlessly out of the way. With 70 minutes played, the Catalunya coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. I. Oviedo came on and A. Fernández had to leave the fray. P. Latina had put in a good 75 minutes and left the field with a smile on his face due to his team's lead. M. Brunisholz was the replacement. With 82 minutes played, M. Cannizzaro nearly put the visitors up by one more as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot whizzed just over the bar. Some fine one-twos on the left led to a va goal with 86 minutes gone, making it 0 - 3. I. Apollonov was noted down as the scorer. The forty-five minutes were dominated by va, with an impressive 57 percent possession of the ball.

Catalunya's best player was C. Mellado. Good thing A. Corredor isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. Most important va player was I. Apollonov. I can't remember N. Zorzano ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 0 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield formidable (low) outstanding (very high) 34 40 9/20 10/20
Right defense supernatural (low) brilliant (very high) 54 44 14/20 11/20
Central defense magnificent (high) brilliant (very low) 47 41 12/20 11/20
Left defense titanic (very low) outstanding (high) 57 39 15/20 10/20
Right attack brilliant (very low) world class (high) 41 51 11/20 13/20
Central attack outstanding (high) formidable (low) 39 34 10/20 9/20
Left attack inadequate (very low) magnificent (low) 17 46 5/20 12/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense excellent (very high) excellent (low) 32 30 8/20 8/20
Attack passable (very high) passable (high) 24 23 6/20 6/20
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0 - 1  N. Zorzano 16'
0 - 2  A. Pamidorau 32'
0 - 3  I. Apollonov 86'
1 card accumulated A. Galiu 20'
1 card accumulated N. Zorzano 29'
Got bruised A. Corredor 21'
Substitution Out  A. Fernández
In  I. Oviedo
Substitution Out  P. Latina
In  M. Brunisholz



Chance distribution

Home Away
6 9

1 Left attack 4
3 Central attack 3
0 Right attack 2
1 Other 0
1 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense excellent (very high) excellent (low) 32 30 8/20 8/20
Attack passable (very high) passable (high) 24 23 6/20 6/20


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Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience excellent (very high) solid (low) 32 26 8/20 7/20
Average midfield formidable (low) outstanding (very high) 34 40 9/20 10/20
Average defense supernatural (very low) brilliant (very low) 53 41 14/20 11/20
Average attack excellent (very high) brilliant (very high) 32 44 8/20 11/20
Total average outstanding (very high) brilliant (low) 40 42 10/20 11/20


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