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Italia 2 - 0 España

The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 62430 had shown up at Penetrada for the match. was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . The match took place on neutral ground. Italia tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. The following players had been chosen: Pesando - Tridondani, Bittermann, Sostegni - Stagi, Corocher, Sonaglia, Pagliano, Costabile - Perucci, Eler.

A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for España. Starters: Mora Aragon - Hermigas, Cabanas, Otero, Lora Guerrero, Rubio Saenz - Diago, Santiago, Sinoe, Ascarza - Aybar.

Italia were mostly trying to use their divine (+2) skill at attacking on the flanks. España were relying on their utopian ability to counter-attack. España's Luis 'Gaucho' Otero could have put the guests one up after 4 minutes after chasing a through ball from the right, but Aurelio Pesando was as fast as a snake, grabbing the ball from under his nose. The corner kick from Marcel Bittermann was powerfully met by the head of Luca Sonaglia to make the score 1 - 0. After 19 minutes, España surprised their opponents with a breakaway counter attack. The defenders had to resort to a foul to stop it. The free kick that followed was a clever indirect effort that almost succeeded, but the defence read the situation well and the intended recipient was left ruing what might have been. After 26 minutes a very unfortunate collision in the penalty area led to España's Luis 'Gaucho' Otero being carried off the pitch and replaced by David Velázquez. Italia's Luca Sonaglia left the field after 34 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was Ilir Salihi. Mauro Ascarza came close to levelling the score 39 minutes into the game, as he was set up with a through ball coming in from the left, but his shot hit the post. With 43 minutes gone, Balbín Diago suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counterattack by España caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring. It was 1 - 0 at the break. Possession in this half belonged to Italia, who controlled the ball 64 percent of the time.

With 60 minutes played, the España coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. Raúl Pino Campos came on, Juan Antonio Santiago had to leave the fray. Content with how the game was proceeding, the Italia coach let Giulio Fabbricatore replace Giovanni 'Il Capitano' Perucci after 70 minutes. Players in Italia heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead. Cheers filled the stadium as Marco Eler broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 2 - 0 to Italia. España's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 88 minutes gone, but Ignacio Aybar's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper. Italia claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 72 percent.

Italia's top performer was clearly Marco Eler. Ilir Salihi turned in a dismal performance, however. España's best player was Ignacio Aybar. Cristian Sinoe on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 2 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield titanic (high) excellent (very low) 59 29 15/20 8/20
Right defence titanic (low) divine (+3) (very low) 58 89 15/20 23/20
Central defence world class (low) divine (+2) (very high) 50 88 13/20 22/20
Left defence titanic (very high) divine (+3) (low) 60 90 15/20 23/20
Right attack supernatural (low) supernatural (very low) 54 53 14/20 14/20
Central attack formidable (very low) inadequate (very low) 33 17 9/20 5/20
Left attack supernatural (very low) world class (high) 53 51 14/20 13/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (high) brilliant (low) 39 42 10/20 11/20
Attack solid (low) solid (low) 26 26 7/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine (+2) utopian 22 19 22/20 19/20

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Chance distribution

Home Away
8 7

2 Left attack 1
2 Central attack 2
3 Right attack 3
0 Other 1
1 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 outstanding (high) brilliant (low) 39 42 10/20 11/20
Attack solid (low) solid (low) 26 26 7/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine (+2) utopian 22 19 22/20 19/20

Average ratings

Total player experience magical (high) supernatural (high) 71 55 18/20 14/20
Average midfield titanic (high) excellent (very low) 59 29 15/20 8/20
Average defence supernatural (very high) divine (+3) (very low) 56 89 14/20 23/20
Average attack magnificent (high) outstanding (very high) 47 40 12/20 10/20
Total average supernatural (low) supernatural (very low) 54 53 14/20 14/20


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