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Messina 1 - 1 Fenice

16833 spectators had found their way to Giovanni Celeste, despite the heavy rain. Patriek Zuiderwijk was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Peter Leijonen and Adrian Mucha. Messina started off with a 2-5-3 lineup. The following players had been chosen: Eriksson - Fałek, Błaszczok - Falck, Dubois, Bite, Minya, Ernst - Gasbarro, Arenile, Cardelli.

A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Fenice. Starters: Sjöland - Lorenzon, Costella, Margiotta - Németh, Puddu, Moce, González, Air - Ingesson, Diaferia.

It was an obvious ambition of Fenice to use their magnificent ability at attacking on the flanks. With 4 minutes played V. Falck almost gave the home side the lead with an unexpected free kick set up, but the visitors' K. Sjöland was onto it, grabbing the would be breakthrough ball. T. Cardelli of Messina received a yellow card after 15 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Messina could have put themselves ahead after 33 minutes but T. Cardelli missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right. Messina's F. Dubois left the field after 37 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was Y. Hristov. The Messina captaincy was handed to Y. Hristov. M. Arenile spent most of the time in a heap on the ground today, his normally rapid movement hindered by the slippery pitch. Fenice had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to focus on wing attacks instead. 40 minutes of the match played, and a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but T. Ingesson, after finding himself dashing down on goal from the left with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide. Messina took the lead 41 minutes into the game by 1 - 0, as M. Arenile elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing off with a half-volley shot just below the bar. The muddy pitch made the game a gritty affair, which seemed to suit M. Gasbarro just fine. With 43 minutes played, Fenice's well-worked indirect free kick caused havoc in the penalty area, and when the ball eventually fell to T. Ingesson he gleefully slotted the ball home to make it 1 - 1. 1 - 1 was the score after the first half. Messina enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 56 percent of possession.

After 60 minutes, the Fenice coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving V. Diaferia off the field. G. Paulsson took his place. At 60 minutes played, M. Gasbarro came in from the right with the intention of giving Messina the lead, but his rocket of a shot rattled the crossbar. Messina had most of the ball, with 52 percent of possession.

Messina's best player was M. Arenile. S. Ernst was a disappointment, however. The most dominating Fenice player was without a doubt G. Paulsson. F. Costella turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 1 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield excellent (low) passable (very low) 30 21 8/20 6/20
Right defence inadequate (very high) outstanding (very low) 20 37 5/20 10/20
Central defence formidable (low) solid (high) 34 27 9/20 7/20
Left defence inadequate (very low) excellent (high) 17 31 5/20 8/20
Right attack excellent (very low) excellent (high) 29 31 8/20 8/20
Central attack formidable (very high) excellent (low) 36 30 9/20 8/20
Left attack passable (very high) solid (very high) 24 28 6/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence inadequate (high) solid (very high) 19 28 5/20 7/20
Attack passable (low) solid (low) 22 26 6/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20


1 - 0  M. Arenile 41'
1 - 1  T. Ingesson 43'
1 booking accumulated T. Cardelli 15'
Got injured F. Dubois 37'
Substitution Out F. Dubois
In Y. Hristov
Substitution Out  V. Diaferia
In  G. Paulsson



Chance distribution

Home Away
6 2

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defence inadequate (high) solid (very high) 19 28 5/20 7/20
Attack passable (low) solid (low) 22 26 6/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (low) weak (high) 26 15 7/20 4/20
Average midfield excellent (low) passable (very low) 30 21 8/20 6/20
Average defence passable (very high) excellent (very high) 24 32 6/20 8/20
Average attack excellent (low) excellent (low) 30 30 8/20 8/20
Total average solid (very high) solid (very high) 28 28 7/20 7/20


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