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Skills 0 - 5 Saints

30680 fans turned up at Noobs with Skills Arena, and despite threatening clouds, no rain came. Petricã Udrescu was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Knut Tvedt and Martin Calotã. All of Zuid-Holland was shut down for the day, as fans of both clubs came to the local rivalry game. Our studio analysts were correct. Skills has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. The following players took the field: van Dulmen - Meekhof, van den Bogaard, Steen - Brusselers, Burks, Terlecki, van der Sleen, Brosens - de Wilth, Bürkler.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Saints formed up in a 3-5-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. Starters: Storck - Haaksema, Ayán, Otaola - Carneiro, Crimi, Bastiaans, Kiekeberg, Utkiek - Hawlitzky, Bilkevičius.

Saints took the lead 9 minutes into the game, making the score 0 - 1 after some elegant movement down the middle. O. Hawlitzky was the scorer. G. Crimi of Saints received a yellow card after 10 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. With the scoreboard showing that 28 minutes had been played, Saints nearly put themselves up another goal after O. Hawlitzky came through on the left. Fortunately for the home crowd, the keeper made the save. The referee signaled a penalty 29 minutes into the game following a foul that was right on the line. M. Ayán knocked it home to make the score 0 - 2. Saints's players now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 32 minutes on the clock after S. Bilkevičius's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Saints player a yellow card though. Due to a severely mistimed tackle, R. de Wilth of Skills spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game. T. Kiekeberg somehow managed to break free of his man on the left wing and only needed a relatively easy finish to bring Saints's lead up to 0 - 3. There was concern in the stands when, at the 36 minute mark, Saints's J. Otaola hit the ground hard, but with the help of the trainer's magic spray, he rejoined his teammates on the field. Saints's A. Utkiek received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 39 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 0 - 4. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! 0 - 4 was the halftime score. Saints set the tempo, maintaining 55 percent of possession.

After the ball was lifted in from the left, M. Ayán was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 69 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. Skills's R. de Wilth managed a superb strike from the left after 71 minutes that would have left goalkeeper R. Storck without a chance, had it not hit the post. The game had been going for 78 minutes when G. Crimi broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 5 for Saints, much to the home crowd's dismay. With 79 minutes played, S. Carneiro nearly put the visitors up by one more as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot whizzed just over the bar. Saints's T. Bastiaans was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 83 minutes. Having already been booked, Saints's S. Bilkevičius was trying to play a more careful game, but after 84 minutes he made a bad tackle on instinct and received his second yellow card - he's off! The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Saints had 54...54 percent possession. AH AH AH!

W. Brosens performed admirably for Skills. I can't remember R. Bürkler ever having a worse night than he just had. Most important Saints player was O. Hawlitzky. Good thing R. Storck isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. The match ends 0 - 5.

Rating details

Midfield passable (very low) solid (low) 21 26 6/20 7/20
Right defense formidable (very high) excellent (very low) 36 29 9/20 8/20
Central defense outstanding (very low) excellent (very high) 37 32 10/20 8/20
Left defense formidable (very high) solid (very high) 36 28 9/20 7/20
Right attack excellent (low) excellent (high) 30 31 8/20 8/20
Central attack passable (very high) solid (very low) 24 25 6/20 7/20
Left attack formidable (high) formidable (very low) 35 33 9/20 9/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense excellent (low) solid (high) 30 27 8/20 7/20
Attack passable (high) inadequate (very high) 23 20 6/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


0 - 1  O. Hawlitzky 9'
0 - 2  M. Ayán 29'
0 - 3  T. Kiekeberg 34'
0 - 4  A. Utkiek 39'
0 - 5  G. Crimi 78'
1 card accumulated G. Crimi 10'
1 card accumulated S. Bilkevičius 32'
1 card accumulated T. Bastiaans 83'
Suspended for next match S. Bilkevičius 84'
Got bruised R. de Wilth 33'
Got bruised J. Otaola 36'



Chance distribution

Home Away
1 8

1 Left attack 3
0 Central attack 3
0 Right attack 1
0 Other 1
0 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 excellent (low) solid (high) 30 27 8/20 7/20
Attack passable (high) inadequate (very high) 23 20 6/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (low) poor (very high) 18 12 5/20 3/20
Average midfield passable (very low) solid (low) 21 26 6/20 7/20
Average defense formidable (very high) excellent (low) 36 30 9/20 8/20
Average attack excellent (low) excellent (low) 30 30 8/20 8/20
Total average excellent (very low) excellent (very low) 29 29 8/20 8/20


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