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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 7000 had shown up at Ontario Field for the match. Hans Fast Hansen was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Tomislav Svatoš and Gernhard Gödecke. Our studio analysts were correct. Ontario has taken the field in a 4-4-2 alignment. The following players had been selected: Deschamps - Drański, MacKersey, Lemos, Saint-Aubin - Atkinson, Thongdang, Verreault, Bale - Artis, Munday.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Territories formed up in a 4-4-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. Lineup: Viduka - Al-Attar, Otis, Glendinning, Imhof - Lafond, Tétrault, Pears, Laviolette - Maisch, Redmond.

Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 10 minutes on the clock after L. Verreault's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Ontario player a yellow card though. G. Laviolette was the unlucky victim and couldn't continue the game, so Territories's Y. Azulay had to come off the bench. Ontario fans held their breath as S. Atkinson gallivanted down the left side. He successfully avoided all challenges and fired home the go-ahead goal for 1 - 0! S. Atkinson increased Ontario's lead to 2 - 0, connecting with a hooked ball from the right. The away fans are claiming handball, to no avail. After this, you could see that Ontario's players were mostly interested in killing time and holding on to their lead. N. Kazazis was called on to replace Ontario's W. Deschamps after 26 minutes following a nasty collision. A well-executed free kick by P. Drański after 29 minutes made it 3 - 0 for Ontario. It was 3 - 0 at the break. Ontario set the tempo, maintaining 56 percent of possession.

61 minutes into the game, J. Saint-Aubin had to leave the field due to a knee injury. In came P. Desjardins. A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Ontario's K. Thongdang bringing the lead up to 4 - 0. Territories's coach was furious with J. Lafond after he picked up a yellow for saying one too many words to the ref. The visitors' right side was dangerous today; I. Maisch made the home team's keeper look foolish as he easily scored, reducing the gap to 4 - 1 after 74 minutes. T. Artis of Ontario received a yellow card after 75 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. With 80 minutes played, S. Atkinson could have brought this one home for Ontario as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high. After more pushing and shoving than a pack of helicopter moms trying to get the last appointment for their snowflakes to see the Easter Bunny, Territories's Y. Azulay finally got himself booked for a foul. Ontario's P. Desjardins had an excellent opportunity 86 minutes in, shooting after bringing down a ball from the right, but he missed the goal by miles! The forty-five minutes were dominated by Ontario, with an impressive 57 percent possession of the ball.

Ontario's best player was P. Drański. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because N. Kazazis seemed to stumble all over the pitch. Territories's top performer was clearly I. Maisch. I can't remember J. Viduka ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 4 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (very low) disastrous (very high) 5 4 2/20 1/20
Right defense poor (very low) wretched (low) 9 6 3/20 2/20
Central defense poor (low) wretched (very high) 10 8 3/20 2/20
Left defense wretched (very high) wretched (very low) 8 5 2/20 2/20
Right attack wretched (low) wretched (high) 6 7 2/20 2/20
Central attack disastrous (very high) wretched (high) 4 7 1/20 2/20
Left attack wretched (high) wretched (very high) 7 8 2/20 2/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense poor (very low) poor (high) 9 11 3/20 3/20
Attack poor (high) poor (high) 11 11 3/20 3/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


1 - 0  S. Atkinson 14'
2 - 0  S. Atkinson 20'
3 - 0  P. Drański 29'
4 - 0  K. Thongdang 67'
4 - 1  I. Maisch 74'
1 card accumulated L. Verreault 10'
1 card accumulated J. Lafond 73'
1 card accumulated T. Artis 75'
1 card accumulated Y. Azulay 85'
Got injured G. Laviolette 11'
Got injured W. Deschamps 26'
Got injured J. Saint-Aubin 61'
Substitution Out G. Laviolette
In Y. Azulay
Substitution Out W. Deschamps
In N. Kazazis
Substitution Out J. Saint-Aubin
In P. Desjardins



Chance distribution

Home Away
9 2

3 Left attack 1
3 Central attack 0
2 Right attack 1
1 Other 0
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 poor (very low) poor (high) 9 11 3/20 3/20
Attack poor (high) poor (high) 11 11 3/20 3/20


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

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (very high) weak (very low) 12 13 3/20 4/20
Average midfield wretched (very low) disastrous (very high) 5 4 2/20 1/20
Average defense poor (very low) wretched (low) 9 6 3/20 2/20
Average attack wretched (low) wretched (high) 6 7 2/20 2/20
Total average wretched (high) wretched (low) 7 6 2/20 2/20


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