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Dark skies made the crowd of 35700 at Manzacanà a little nervous, but the rain held off. Zygmunt Ciechowicz was the appointed referee with assistance provided by John Bråthen and Oğulcan Kervan. A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Manzo. The following players took the field: Górny - Borkowicz, Edme, Chiarella - Müller, Mocella, Galiussi, Giuliano, Rams - Nasuti, Pinheiro.

Stradella decided to use a 3-5-2 set up. They fielded: Kérékou - Recio, Dessì, Dinarelli - Corsi, Baltico, Arbesser, Baccolini, Zambonelli - Nieman, Beeler.

Manzo were relying on their outstanding ability to counter-attack. 0 - 1 was the score with 4 minutes played, after F. Corsi cut through the central defence and chipped home a goal for Stradella. Stradella came close to extending their lead as X. Recio delivered a low effort on goal from the right after 5 minutes, but the angle was too narrow and the shot went harmlessly into the side netting. G. Dessì could have put his team up another goal 6 minutes into the game, after a rush down the left, but his closing shot hit the post. P. Zambonelli's early cross saw the defenders caught out of position and the alert H. Nieman was able to pounce and roll the ball past the hapless goalkeeper to score for Stradella. 0 - 2. Stradella's H. Nieman was shown a yellow card after 15 minutes for slicing down an opponent. 20 minutes into the game, V. Müller had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came C. Vigolo. H. Nieman was, after 25 minutes, almost able to extend the visitors' lead with a well placed diving header after the ball had looped into the centre, but the home side's keeper M. Górny made the save. Manzo almost scored after a swift counterattack 26 minutes into the game, but A. Mocella put the shot from the left flank just outside the goal. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave F. Galiussi from Manzo a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 27 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! Stradella were forced into a substitution as M. Kérékou couldn't continue due to some rough treatment, forcing A. Rossi to come in off the bench. It was 0 - 2 at the break. Stradella enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 63 percent of possession.

Stradella's W. Beeler made it through the home team's defence on the right hand side 49 minutes into the match. After rounding the keeper, he only had to place the ball in the unguarded goal when a defender slid in and cleared the ball off the line. W. Beeler made a nice dash down the wing after 58 minutes, but was unable to get the cross into the box. A goal kick was awarded. Manzo had a brilliant opportunity to reply as V. Giuliano received a high ball from the right, striking the ball in the air. Only A. Rossi's reflexes saved him. The Stradella players could smell victory in the air. W. Beeler wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for E. Etchegaray after 70 minutes. The situation leading to Manzo's penalty 84 minutes into the match will be much debated after the game ends, but the competent L. Chiarella didn't hesitate to make the score 1 - 2. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Stradella, with 62 percent of the ball.

Manzo's best player was L. Pinheiro. C. Vigolo on the other hand, had a terrible day. H. Nieman performed admirably for Stradella. On the other hand, A. Rossi's play was disheartening. The match ends 1 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield passable (low) outstanding (very low) 22 37 6/20 10/20
Right defence magnificent (low) solid (low) 46 26 12/20 7/20
Central defence brilliant (very high) excellent (very high) 44 32 11/20 8/20
Left defence brilliant (high) solid (low) 43 26 11/20 7/20
Right attack passable (very high) formidable (very high) 24 36 6/20 9/20
Central attack outstanding (very high) solid (low) 40 26 10/20 7/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) solid (low) 20 26 5/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence excellent (low) passable (low) 30 22 8/20 6/20
Attack solid (very low) inadequate (very high) 25 20 7/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill outstanding (no tactic) 10 (no tactic) 10/20


0 - 1  F. Corsi 4'
0 - 2  H. Nieman 11'
1 - 2  L. Chiarella 84'
1 booking accumulated H. Nieman 15'
1 booking accumulated F. Galiussi 27'
Got injured V. Müller 20'
Got injured M. Kérékou 28'
Substitution Out V. Müller
In C. Vigolo
Substitution Out M. Kérékou
In A. Rossi
Formation Out  W. Beeler
In  E. Etchegaray
Defensive To  Normal
LF  To  LB
3-5-2  To  4-5-1



Chance distribution

Home Away
3 9

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defence excellent (low) passable (low) 30 22 8/20 6/20
Attack solid (very low) inadequate (very high) 25 20 7/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill outstanding (no tactic) 10 (no tactic) 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (very low) excellent (high) 17 31 5/20 8/20
Average midfield passable (low) outstanding (very low) 22 37 6/20 10/20
Average defence brilliant (very high) solid (very high) 44 28 11/20 7/20
Average attack solid (very high) excellent (very low) 28 29 7/20 8/20
Total average excellent (high) excellent (high) 31 31 8/20 8/20


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