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Dark skies made the crowd of 61995 at dh6 arena a little nervous, but the rain held off. Vladimir Vitrih was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and Áron Csernus. hucktrick decided to use a 4-5-1 set up. The following players had been chosen: Must - Harper, Hawle, Jackson, Farquharson - Niesten, Aste, Petuchovas, Avery, Lane - Trombetti.

A 4-5-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Rockingham. Starters: Isakov - Laftsis, Nevin, Valdivieso, Thomas - Sjouwerman, Frederic, Schlicht, Chance, Grant - Zubizarreta.

Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Rockingham on this day, taking advantage of their titanic level with that tactic. 3 minutes in, the referee awarded hucktrick a penalty. Gianni Aste coolly slotted it home for a 1 - 0 lead. hucktrick nearly produced a goal as Jack Lane set up Falco Niesten for a strike from a seemingly impossible angle. However he put the shot narrowly wide. A cross coming in on the right hand side left Ioannis Laftsis alone in front of the goal after 30 minutes but his shot was woeful. Good work by the hucktrick defensive line after 31 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found Massimiliano Trombetti alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide. With the clock showing 34 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Rockingham resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by Robert Chance in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high. Rockingham were given a free kick 38 minutes into the game, just after a swift counter attack broke down. Rather than shooting straight at goal, it was directed at the area just in front of the keeper. The attackers made several runs and made it hard for the defenders to protect their goal. After a short tussle with a defender, Ioannis Laftsis could finally lay the ball to rest behind the keeper. 1 - 1, and prove it can pay off to come prepared. The referee showed hucktrick's Vitas Petuchovas the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. Claus Schlicht had a good opportunity to give Rockingham the lead as he charged down the right and struck the ball towards the top corner, but the home team's goalkeeper made the save. 1 - 1 was the score after the first half. Possession in this half belonged to hucktrick, who controlled the ball 59 percent of the time.

A well placed corner kick from José Valdivieso was followed by Claus Schlicht's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Rockingham, the score now 1 - 2. The hucktrick coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change strategy. After 60 minutes, hucktrick switched Massimiliano Trombetti with Marcus Naumann, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch. With 60 minutes played, the hucktrick coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. Lorenzo Polito came on, Falco Niesten had to leave the fray. Kevin Grant left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 70 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. Jobst Halmetschlager was the replacement. The crowd gasped as Ed Harper of hucktrick was flattened by an opponent after 74 minutes and had to be carried off. Michael Brennan came in off the bench. 79 minutes into the game, Rockingham worked the left side industriously creating several opportunities to add to their lead, but just couldn't apply the finishing touch. 80 minutes into the match, hucktrick's Gianni Aste maneuvered his way around the opposition on the left flank, delighting the crowd with his twists and turns. The effort paid off as the ball found the back of the net, evening the score at 2 - 2. hucktrick had a good opportunity to take the lead as Richard Jackson came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of Edgar Isakov. After 83 minutes, a well-worked counterattack by Rockingham on the right presented an easy opportunity in front of the goal that was duly converted by Neil Nevin to make it 2 - 3. A foul 85 minutes into the game resulted in a free kick for hucktrick. Gianni Aste took advantage as he curled the equalising goal into the top corner, just out of the reach of the keeper. 3 - 3. At that, Gianni Aste was noted down for a hat trick! 88 minutes into the game, Rockingham wanted to bring some new energy to their game. Edgar Isakov gave Fabián Del Pozo a quick hug as he left the field. As the 89 minute mark approached, the Rockingham coach decided it was time for a substitution. Neil Nevin reluctantly made way for Adolfo Cuadros on the pitch. hucktrick enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 61 percent of possession.

The most dominating hucktrick player was without a doubt Jack Lane. Michael Brennan was a disappointment, however. Rockingham's top performer was clearly César Zubizarreta. José Valdivieso on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 3 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (low) solid (high) 42 27 11/20 7/20
Right defence supernatural (very high) supernatural (high) 56 55 14/20 14/20
Central defence world class (high) world class (very low) 51 49 13/20 13/20
Left defence titanic (very high) supernatural (low) 60 54 15/20 14/20
Right attack poor (very low) magnificent (very low) 9 45 3/20 12/20
Central attack weak (very low) passable (very low) 13 21 4/20 6/20
Left attack magnificent (very high) magnificent (very low) 48 45 12/20 12/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (very low) solid (very high) 37 28 10/20 7/20
Attack solid (very low) passable (high) 25 23 7/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) titanic (no tactic) 15 15/20


1 - 0  Gianni Aste 3'
1 - 1  Ioannis Laftsis 38'
1 - 2  Claus Schlicht 59'
2 - 2  Gianni Aste 80'
2 - 3  Neil Nevin 83'
3 - 3  Gianni Aste 85'
1 booking accumulated Vitas Petuchovas 41'
Got injured Ed Harper 74'
Behaviour Bill Farquharson
Substitution Out  Massimiliano Trombetti
In  Marcus Naumann
Towards Wing To  Defensive
Substitution Out  Falco Niesten
In  Lorenzo Polito
Substitution Out  Kevin Grant
In  Jobst Halmetschlager
Substitution Out Ed Harper
In Michael Brennan
Substitution Out  Edgar Isakov
In  Fabián Del Pozo
Substitution Out  Neil Nevin
In  Adolfo Cuadros



Chance distribution

Home Away
11 8

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

Defence outstanding (very low) solid (very high) 37 28 10/20 7/20
Attack solid (very low) passable (high) 25 23 7/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) titanic (no tactic) 15 15/20

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (high) solid (high) 23 27 6/20 7/20
Average midfield brilliant (low) solid (high) 42 27 11/20 7/20
Average defence supernatural (very high) world class (very high) 56 52 14/20 13/20
Average attack passable (very high) outstanding (very low) 24 37 6/20 10/20
Total average brilliant (very low) outstanding (high) 41 39 11/20 10/20


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