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Dark skies made the crowd of 33847 at Ottomans 1453 a little nervous, but the rain held off. Manfred von Wackerbarth was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Mircea Roman and . After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Anatolia decided to go with a 4-5-1 formation. Starters: Carbonaro - Santiago, D'Amico, Géry, Olesk - Damjanović, Torres Toro, Vilar, Wästerdahl, Kotzbauer - van Kemenade.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Eagles formed up in a 3-5-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. Lineup: Zillissen - Salmon, Kaptan, Aspenbratt - Taboas, Desnoués, Soygüven, Zaguła, Ayberk - Noyan, Alay.

Eagles went for a narrow approach, using their world class ability to focus their attacks down the middle. Against a lesser team, Anatolia could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick combination after 4 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save. After a fine move down the middle R. van Kemenade nearly put the home side one up with 5 minutes played. His final touch escaped him though and the keeper smothered the ball. Anatolia broke through on the left after 10 minutes, with J. Wästerdahl firing at an impossible angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead. The referee showed Eagles's J. Salmon the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. After 19 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Eagles found themselves out of position and their organization level dropped to passable. With 22 minutes played, Anatolia's I. Vilar pulled up limping after a savage, cowardly challenge. But he's not yet ready to shuffle off this mortal coil. He's staying in to play on. The valiant never taste of death but once! Anatolia managed to extend their lead to 2 - 0 when J. Santiago slid in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper. Confident in their lead, Anatolia's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it. Maybe J. Santiago should join the aquatics team instead. He went down dramatically after 36 minutes, crying out with agony as he fell. The referee was not impressed, though, and showed him a yellow for diving. A great save by keeper R. Zillissen with 37 minutes gone kept the visitors in the game after R. van Kemenade struck from the left with a real cannonball. Halftime score was 2 - 0. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Anatolia had 76...76 percent possession. AH AH AH!

A review of the gameplan helped Eagles get back to a solid organization to start the second half. The clock read 47 minutes and things were deteriorating for the away team as Anatolia scored another to make it 3 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for K. Olesk. 53 minutes had passed when Anatolia put themselves up 4 - 0 after the visiting defenders lost the ball to R. van Kemenade, who came up from the left and proceeded to easily go around the goalkeeper and knock the ball home. A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased Anatolia's lead to 5 - 0 as R. van Kemenade finished it off clinically, firing the shot from a terrible angle. Anatolia put themselves up 6 - 0 when A. Damjanović broke through on the right, leaving the entire defensive delegation behind him. 80 minutes into the game, Eagles had difficulty finding their positions and their organization dropped to poor. After 83 minutes Eagles's S. Aspenbratt contracted a slight foot injury, but said he could still finish the game. J. Wästerdahl let loose a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide. Anatolia set the tempo, maintaining 80 percent of possession.

The most outstanding Anatolia player was without a doubt I. Vilar. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by V. Carbonaro today. Eagles's top performer was clearly S. Aspenbratt. Speaking of stinking up the place, R. Zillissen sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The match ends 6 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield solid (very high) poor (low) 28 10 7/20 3/20
Right defense outstanding (high) poor (very low) 39 9 10/20 3/20
Central defense magnificent (low) passable (very low) 46 21 12/20 6/20
Left defense outstanding (high) poor (low) 39 10 10/20 3/20
Right attack solid (very low) inadequate (very high) 25 20 7/20 5/20
Central attack inadequate (very low) inadequate (low) 17 18 5/20 5/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) weak (very high) 20 16 5/20 4/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense passable (high) weak (high) 23 15 6/20 4/20
Attack weak (very high) weak (very low) 16 13 4/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack in the middle
Tactic skill (no tactic) world class (no tactic) 13 13/20


1 - 0  J. Wästerdahl 10'
2 - 0  J. Santiago 27'
3 - 0  K. Olesk 47'
4 - 0  R. van Kemenade 53'
5 - 0  R. van Kemenade 69'
6 - 0  A. Damjanović 72'
1 card accumulated J. Salmon 11'
1 card accumulated J. Santiago 36'
Got bruised I. Vilar 22'
Got bruised S. Aspenbratt 83'



Chance distribution

Home Away
10 0

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defense passable (high) weak (high) 23 15 6/20 4/20
Attack weak (very high) weak (very low) 16 13 4/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack in the middle
Tactic skill (no tactic) world class (no tactic) 13 13/20

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (low) inadequate (very low) 14 17 4/20 5/20
Average midfield solid (very high) poor (low) 28 10 7/20 3/20
Average defense brilliant (very low) weak (very low) 41 13 11/20 4/20
Average attack inadequate (very high) inadequate (low) 20 18 5/20 5/20
Total average excellent (low) weak (low) 30 14 8/20 4/20


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