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Due to an all-day shower, 33283 paying spectators got to see a match on a pitch-turned-bog at Montenegro Arena. Jérémie Gerber was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . The match took place on neutral ground. Srbija tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. They fielded: Vidaković - Ganović, Naumović, Čelar - Maksić, Lazić, Nenadović, Buzić, Vilotić - Dragišić, Jovanović.

Saudi Arabia decided to use a 5-2-3 set up. Lineup: Harbi - Rahman, Harawi, Abu-Khaleel, Ali, Darwish - Nasrabadhi, Khallali - Khuldi, Kahsib, Rabi.

Today, Srbija's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks, taking advantage of their divine (+3) level with that tactic. Saudi Arabia clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could, taking advantage of their utopian level with that tactic. Slaven Čelar, who often relies on his speed, had a rotten day on the drenched grass. Srbija made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left Slobodan Naumović completely alone with keeper Samien Harbi, who made a spectacular block. Naser Murat 'Pepenele' Khallali showed why he is feared on the counterattack, breaking through in the middle and scoring for Saudi Arabia after 38 minutes to make the score 0 - 1. The muddy pitch made the game a gritty affair, which seemed to suit Kamenko Ganović just fine. Players in Srbija heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead. After 41 minutes, Bojan Jovanović got through on the right and was very close to equalising for the home side, but didn't get the shot away. With 43 minutes played, after a good run down the left, Slaven Čelar went down looking for a penalty after a challenge from the visitors' right fullback, but the referee waved play on, and later warned him for diving. Saudi Arabia mounted an inspired counterattack down the right wing after 44 minutes, but Ahmed Temiz Kahsib was unable to convert from short range. It was obvious that Srbija had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle. Srbija's Marko Buzić put his head to a well placed ball, lifted in from the left, and scored to make the score 1 - 1 with 44 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 1. Srbija claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 79 percent.

46 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a Srbija substitution. Fatush Gjinali came on for Slobodan Naumović. Srbija took the lead 48 minutes into the game by 2 - 1, as Bojan Jovanović elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing off with a half-volley shot just below the bar. After 54 minutes, Saudi Arabia sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. In what looked like a well-rehearsed move, the ball was headed backwards and reached Mumtaz Nasrabadhi, who had plenty of space to place a well aimed shot - 2 - 2. After 54 minutes, the Srbija coach had a quick word about the tactical set-up and decided to try another approach. 55 minutes into the match, the Srbija manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged. The coach of Srbija wanted to try to change things around after 60 minutes, and gave new tactical instructions. 62 minutes into the match and the home team took a 3 - 2 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for Srbija was Miodrag Nenadović. With 66 minutes played, Srbija's Fatush Gjinali almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net. Srbija managed to extend their lead to 4 - 2 when Fatush Gjinali cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper. Possession in this half belonged to Srbija, who controlled the ball 78 percent of the time.

The most dominating Srbija player was without a doubt Fatush Gjinali. Slaven Čelar on the other hand, had a terrible day. Most important Saudi Arabia player was Ahmed Temiz Kahsib. However, Khatib Harawi made a disastrous appearance. The match ends 4 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield outstanding (low) poor (low) 38 10 10/20 3/20
Right defence world class (low) titanic (very high) 50 60 13/20 15/20
Central defence formidable (very high) supernatural (high) 36 55 9/20 14/20
Left defence magnificent (very high) titanic (high) 48 59 12/20 15/20
Right attack titanic (low) passable (high) 58 23 15/20 6/20
Central attack brilliant (very high) supernatural (high) 44 55 11/20 14/20
Left attack mythical (very high) supernatural (low) 68 54 17/20 14/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence formidable (high) formidable (low) 35 34 9/20 9/20
Attack solid (low) excellent (low) 26 30 7/20 8/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine (+3) utopian 23 19 23/20 19/20
 

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Highlights

0 - 1  Naser Murat 'Pepenele' Khallali 38'
1 - 1  Marko Buzić 44'
2 - 1  Bojan Jovanović 48'
2 - 2  Mumtaz Nasrabadhi 54'
3 - 2  Miodrag Nenadović 62'
4 - 2  Fatush Gjinali 75'
Formation Out  Slobodan Naumović
In  Fatush Gjinali
Towards Wing To  Normal
LCD  To  LF
3-5-2  To  2-5-3
46'
Behaviour Miodrag Nenadović
Normal  To  Offensive
54'
Behaviour Marko Buzić
Normal  To  Offensive
55'
Behaviour Fatush Gjinali
60'

Possession

79%
21%
78%
22%

Chance distribution

Home Away
10 3

5 Left attack 0
2 Central attack 1
2 Right attack 1
1 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

Defence formidable (high) formidable (low) 35 34 9/20 9/20
Attack solid (low) excellent (low) 26 30 7/20 8/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine (+3) utopian 23 19 23/20 19/20

Average ratings

Total player experience magical (high) magnificent (low) 71 46 18/20 12/20
Average midfield outstanding (low) poor (low) 38 10 10/20 3/20
Average defence brilliant (very high) titanic (low) 44 58 11/20 15/20
Average attack titanic (very low) brilliant (very high) 57 44 15/20 11/20
Total average magnificent (low) outstanding (very low) 46 37 12/20 10/20

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