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Clouds darkened the skies at Municipal Arena as 2807 spectators turned up for the match. Edouard el Gladiador Thill was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and Amir Arsalan Baba Mohammadi. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Spicul decided to go with a 3-4-3 formation. They fielded: Bölöni - Omazzi, Dima, Mallet - Maslakov, Nitã, Djurhuus, Crivitz - Căldăruş, Čaklovica, Gusmai.

Our studio analysts were correct. Ballhonka has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. Lineup: Volden - Reyero, Ng, Bukhave - Sjölind, Baardsen, Burnham, Heggheim, Birkelund - Pitzer, Kurtdemir.

The bleachers were silenced after 7 minutes when Ballhonka's R. Heggheim put the guests ahead 0 - 1, following an attack on the right. N. Dima was ever so close to scoring after an excellent corner was perfectly redirected by J. Crivitz, but the ball went off the post and out. C. Bölöni got a fingertip on E. Birkelund's shot from the left 41 minutes in, and managed to keep the visitors from going up another goal. J. Djurhuus pulled a rabbit out of his hat as he wove through the guest's entire central defense and put the 1 - 1 equalizer away after 42 minutes. Ballhonka took the lead 43 minutes into the game, making the score 1 - 2 after some elegant movement down the middle. G. Kurtdemir was the scorer. The game had been going for 44 minutes when V. Burnham broke through on the right, upping the score to 1 - 3 for Ballhonka, much to the home crowd's dismay. With 44 minutes played, Spicul's M. Gusmai received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. K. Feriser did some final stretches before entering the game as Ballhonka's trainer helped E. Baardsen off the field after an injury. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 3. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Ballhonka would have 52 percent possession in this half was spot on!

The crowd groaned when S. Čaklovica, having maneuvered his way down the right, fired the ball just wide and missed a great opportunity to pull one back for Spicul. After the ball was lifted in from the left, K. Feriser was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 54 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. Only after several tries were Spicul able to break through on the left 56 minutes in, getting the ball to V. Maslakov who cockily put away the goal to make the score 2 - 3. The away team's K. Feriser took advantage of a mistake on the home side's right after 64 minutes increasing Ballhonka's lead to 2 - 4. Ballhonka's players now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. After 65 minutes, Spicul substituted M. Gusmai for Y. Kasselas, hoping for a quick impact on the field. With 70 minutes played, J. Crivitz was very close to reducing the deficit for Spicul with a low drive from the left, but a defender stuck his foot out just in the nick of time, blocking the shot for a corner. Spicul reduced the lead to 3 - 4 after 74 minutes when N. Dima got the best of a lazy ball floated in from the left side. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Ballhonka's E. Birkelund got himself booked. The forty-five minutes were dominated by Ballhonka, with an impressive 57 percent possession of the ball.

G. Căldăruş performed admirably for Spicul. Speaking of stinking up the place, C. Bölöni sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. Ballhonka's best player was R. Heggheim. I can't remember E. Sjölind ever having a worse night than he just had. The match ends 3 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield poor (high) poor (high) 11 11 3/20 3/20
Right defense inadequate (low) passable (low) 18 22 5/20 6/20
Central defense inadequate (high) passable (high) 19 23 5/20 6/20
Left defense poor (very high) inadequate (high) 12 19 3/20 5/20
Right attack passable (very low) passable (very low) 21 21 6/20 6/20
Central attack excellent (high) poor (very high) 31 12 8/20 3/20
Left attack excellent (very high) solid (low) 32 26 8/20 7/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense weak (high) inadequate (low) 15 18 4/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very low) weak (very high) 17 16 5/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


0 - 1  R. Heggheim 7'
1 - 1  J. Djurhuus 42'
1 - 2  G. Kurtdemir 43'
1 - 3  V. Burnham 44'
2 - 3  V. Maslakov 56'
2 - 4  K. Feriser 64'
3 - 4  N. Dima 74'
1 card accumulated M. Gusmai 44'
1 card accumulated E. Birkelund 76'
Got injured E. Baardsen 44'
Substitution Out E. Baardsen
In K. Feriser
Substitution Out  M. Gusmai
In  Y. Kasselas



Chance distribution

Home Away
6 7

3 Left attack 3
1 Central attack 2
1 Right attack 2
0 Other 0
1 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defense weak (high) inadequate (low) 15 18 4/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very low) weak (very high) 17 16 5/20 4/20


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

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (very low) poor (high) 25 11 7/20 3/20
Average midfield poor (high) poor (high) 11 11 3/20 3/20
Average defense weak (very high) passable (very low) 16 21 4/20 6/20
Average attack solid (very high) inadequate (very high) 28 20 7/20 5/20
Total average inadequate (low) inadequate (very low) 18 17 5/20 5/20


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