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Clouds darkened the skies at De Plomp as 1266 spectators turned up for the match. Jesper Bøgebjerg was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Pantaleo Fetto and Stelvio Labadessa. Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! Pompeblêd will go to battle in a 4-3-3 formation. They fielded: Reker - Leenen, Bonner, Herder, Cavani - Larue, Raulin, Betzema - Zanatti, Dingedans, Mironov.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Gophers formed up in a 3-5-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. Lineup: Opdenberg - Engelage, Leemhuis, van der Ban - Catti, Della Rosa, Beatrice, Fuchs, Pieschermann - Hunsel, Steghofer.

Gophers were mostly trying to use their excellent skill at attacking on the flanks. The guests took the lead 1 minutes into the match, after a right-side attack resulted in A. Steghofer scoring to make it 0 - 1. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 20 minutes on the clock after M. Pieschermann's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Gophers player a yellow card though. After 32 minutes, Pompeblêd's S. Raulin successfully broke up a pass with his face. Instinctively, he got up again only to unintentionally use his now-throbbing schnozz to break up a second pass. As he was carted off for a concussion check, P. Marcelino ran onto the field to take his place. Pompeblêd's R. Bonner skillfully knocked a pass over the defense that was received by L. Zanatti, and he just managed to slide it past the opposing keeper for 1 - 1. The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to L. Zanatti, but the Pompeblêd player managed to shrug them off and fire a low shot that 5-holed the keeper to give his team the lead. 2 - 1! Pompeblêd's coach was furious with L. Zanatti after he picked up a yellow for saying one too many words to the ref. Gophers had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to go down the wing instead. Gophers were close to putting the equalizer away after 43 minutes as the opposing defense lost the ball to A. Steghofer in a scuffle on the left of the goal, but in the end the ball was cleared over the sideline. The home team thought they were lucky after a brilliant strike from the right bounced off the crossbar 44 minutes in. V. Beatrice was first to react though, and leveled the game at 2 - 2. 2 - 2 was the halftime score. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Gophers would have 55 percent possession in this half was spot on!

L. Zanatti is making an astonishing dash. The fans are chanting his name. You can hear it reverberate around the stadium. Now a manic sprint up the middle and into the box. Oh! He's thrown open the door! He's thrown open the door, shot the ball through, and slammed the door shut on Mr. Tumnus! Pompeblêd has taken the lead 70 minutes into the match, 3 to 2. There'll be no Turkish Delight after the match for the keeper! That was his third goal of the match - a hattrick for L. Zanatti! That's the name of the game! Pompeblêd solidified their lead at the 75 minute mark, as F. Mironov snaked the ball through the central line of defense and finished for 4 - 2. 83 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defense had to look on as R. Bonner ran straight through, knocking one home to make it 5 - 2 for Pompeblêd. Pompeblêd's E. Dingedans was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 84 minutes. 85 minutes in, an amazing pass from the left side resulted in a golden chance for the visitors. T. Fuchs was up to the task and scored, bringing them up to 5 - 3. Gophers set the tempo, maintaining 54 percent of possession.

Most important Pompeblêd player was F. Mironov. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because R. Bonner seemed to stumble all over the pitch. V. Beatrice performed admirably for Gophers. Speaking of stinking up the place, R. Opdenberg sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The match ends 5 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield weak (very low) inadequate (very low) 13 17 4/20 5/20
Right defense weak (very high) wretched (low) 16 6 4/20 2/20
Central defense inadequate (high) wretched (high) 19 7 5/20 2/20
Left defense weak (very high) poor (very low) 16 9 4/20 3/20
Right attack inadequate (high) inadequate (low) 19 18 5/20 5/20
Central attack outstanding (low) poor (high) 38 11 10/20 3/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) passable (low) 20 22 5/20 6/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (very low) poor (low) 17 10 5/20 3/20
Attack inadequate (very low) poor (low) 17 10 5/20 3/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) excellent (no tactic) 8 8/20


0 - 1  A. Steghofer 1'
1 - 1  L. Zanatti 35'
2 - 1  L. Zanatti 38'
2 - 2  V. Beatrice 44'
3 - 2  L. Zanatti 70'
4 - 2  F. Mironov 75'
5 - 2  R. Bonner 83'
5 - 3  T. Fuchs 85'
1 card accumulated M. Pieschermann 20'
1 card accumulated L. Zanatti 39'
1 card accumulated E. Dingedans 84'
Got injured S. Raulin 32'
Substitution Out S. Raulin
In P. Marcelino



Chance distribution

Home Away
5 6

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

Defense inadequate (very low) poor (low) 17 10 5/20 3/20
Attack inadequate (very low) poor (low) 17 10 5/20 3/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) excellent (no tactic) 8 8/20

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (low) wretched (low) 18 6 5/20 2/20
Average midfield weak (very low) inadequate (very low) 13 17 4/20 5/20
Average defense inadequate (very low) wretched (high) 17 7 5/20 2/20
Average attack solid (low) inadequate (very low) 26 17 7/20 5/20
Total average inadequate (high) weak (low) 19 14 5/20 4/20


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