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Romanna 1 - 3 MaLiBu

Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 4316 at Romanna's Arena today. Mathieu van de Ven was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Flavio Lottenbach and José Carlos Curbelo. Romanna had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation. The following players had been chosen: Martineau - Göttler, D'Agostini, Akernes - Vashchenok, Baiona, Franc, Nicolas, Barbat - Richard, Françoise.

MaLiBu tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. They fielded: Enguéhard - Saurat, Pheulpin, Bettencourt - Verchère, Parent, Pirlo, Bruand, Cartierre - Hugon, Rossillon.

Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for MaLiBu on this day, taking advantage of their brilliant level with that tactic. As the 1 minute mark approached, the Romanna coach decided it was time for a substitution. Kristoffer Akernes reluctantly made way for Zenaido Pérez on the pitch. Efim Vashchenok became the new Romanna captain. 1 minutes into the game, Romanna wanted to bring some new energy to their game. Laurent Françoise gave Robert Lacaille a quick hug as he left the field. Benigno Baiona would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. Rémi Baudrin entered the game for Romanna as the match clock showed 1 minutes. Some mind-boggling play by Philippe Bruand almost resulted in a goal for Romanna, but Jérémie Barbat's shot rebounded off the post. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave Stéphane Franc from Romanna a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 18 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! A well placed corner kick from Andrea Pirlo was followed by Eduardo Bettencourt's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for MaLiBu, the score now 0 - 1. In a well-rehearsed move, Mario D'Agostini delivered a free kick into the box for Romanna. An attacker shaped to head the ball, distracting the keeper, but it avoided everyone and crept in at the far post! 1 - 1! 29 minutes into the game, Philippe Bruand had a great chance to put his team ahead, but his kick from the left went wide. Making his way up the middle 33 minutes into the match, Jérémie Barbat almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert Christophe Enguéhard blocked it to keep the score level. At 34 minutes played, Efim Vashchenok came in from the right with the intention of giving Romanna the lead, but his rocket of a shot rattled the crossbar. Romanna's Robert Lacaille was shown a yellow card after 39 minutes for slicing down an opponent. Eduardo Bettencourt was the unlucky victim and couldn't continue the game, so MaLiBu's Mathieu Maurin had to come off the bench. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 1. Possession in this half belonged to Romanna, who controlled the ball 60 percent of the time.

Good work by the MaLiBu defensive line after 59 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found Romain Parent alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide. Romanna could have put themselves ahead after 61 minutes but Mathieu Nicolas missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right. The visiting Romain Parent was booed thoroughly by the home crowd 65 minutes into the game, after he broke through the middle and scored, resulting in the visitors taking the lead. 1 - 2 was the score. After the ball was lifted in from the left, Antonio Verchère was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 72 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration. In a rapid move 74 minutes into the match, Cédric Cartierre of MaLiBu lost his man and passed the ball to the unmarked Léo Hugon who easily hit it home to make it 1 - 3. Luckily the ref didn't see him taunting the opposing fans in celebration - naughty boy! After 75 minutes Sébastien Richard could have reduced the lead with a blistering strike from the left wing, had it not been for an excellent block by the visitors' keeper. Romanna claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 58 percent.

Romanna's top performer was clearly Sébastien Richard. Mario D'Agostini turned in a dismal performance, however. The most dominating MaLiBu player was without a doubt Stefan Rossillon. Andrea Pirlo on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 1 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (low) solid (high) 42 27 11/20 7/20
Right defence brilliant (high) supernatural (very low) 43 53 11/20 14/20
Central defence outstanding (very high) supernatural (low) 40 54 10/20 14/20
Left defence brilliant (high) supernatural (high) 43 55 11/20 14/20
Right attack brilliant (low) brilliant (very high) 42 44 11/20 11/20
Central attack outstanding (very high) outstanding (very low) 40 37 10/20 10/20
Left attack outstanding (very low) brilliant (very low) 37 41 10/20 11/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence formidable (low) excellent (high) 34 31 9/20 8/20
Attack excellent (low) solid (high) 30 27 8/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) brilliant (no tactic) 11 11/20



Chance distribution

Home Away
8 6

1 Left attack 2
1 Central attack 2
3 Right attack 0
2 Other 0
1 Special events 2
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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 (low) excellent (high) 34 31 9/20 8/20
Attack excellent (low) solid (high) 30 27 8/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) brilliant (no tactic) 11 11/20

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (high) passable (low) 19 22 5/20 6/20
Average midfield brilliant (low) solid (high) 42 27 11/20 7/20
Average defence brilliant (low) supernatural (low) 42 54 11/20 14/20
Average attack outstanding (very high) brilliant (very low) 40 41 10/20 11/20
Total average brilliant (very low) brilliant (very low) 41 41 11/20 11/20


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