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Storm 3 - 0 A43

The 1441 spectators at Mihail Tătulescu were in for an afternoon of sunshine. Włodzimierz Pyrzanowski was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . The match took place on neutral ground. Storm decided to use a 3-5-2 set up. They fielded: Réti - Magoş, Stavăr, Duatti - Dumitrescu, Rădoi, Lăcătuş, Iovan, van Basten - Tămâian, Balint.

A 5-5-0 alignment was the formation of choice for A43. The following players took the field: Vanhoutte - Suihko, Pâlcu, Ivgy, Mezinca, Bergfeld - Duru, Filipiuc, Lăpuşan, Kubicek, Costinea -.

It was obvious that A43 were using their outstanding pressing skill as their primary tactic. A43 pressed their opponents, causing the game to be a bit of a stalemate at times. 31 minutes into the game, Radu-Lucian Lăpuşan was a hair's breadth away from giving A43 the lead with a shot from over on the left. A prompt block by Attila Réti saved the home team that time. Marius Lăcătuş of Storm seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 1 - 0 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by Marco van Basten. With 37 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Storm resulted in a counterattack that set Ştefan Iovan free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 0. Possession in this half belonged to Storm, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.

The Storm coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 46 minutes into the game. In an effort to secure the lead, Storm changed their tactic after 46 minutes. The pressing tactics used by A43 were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times. Storm put themselves up 2 - 0 when Ştefan Iovan broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake. A43's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle. The fierce heat made it important to save breath, and after a few swift runs Gavrilă Balint found it hard to get back into position. As usual, Cosmin Magoş tried to use his strength and hard work for the benefit of the team, but the heat hit him hard and he couldn't keep pace at all. A43's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends. Marco van Basten struck a 30 metre free kick home 87 minutes into the match. 3 - 0 for the home team. Storm enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 62 percent of possession.

Storm's top performer was clearly Marius Lăcătuş. Ciprian 'Mister' Stavăr was a disappointment, however. The most dominating A43 player was without a doubt Lodewijk Vanhoutte. On the other hand, Cătălin-Ovidiu Mezinca's play was disheartening. The match ends 3 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield solid (low) inadequate (very high) 26 20 7/20 5/20
Right defence inadequate (high) mythical (very low) 19 65 5/20 17/20
Central defence formidable (very high) extra-terrestrial (low) 36 62 9/20 16/20
Left defence brilliant (high) extra-terrestrial (very high) 43 64 11/20 16/20
Right attack solid (high) inadequate (low) 27 18 7/20 5/20
Central attack inadequate (low) disastrous (very high) 18 4 5/20 1/20
Left attack solid (low) poor (very high) 26 12 7/20 3/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence solid (very high) brilliant (very high) 28 44 7/20 11/20
Attack solid (very high) solid (high) 28 27 7/20 7/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Pressing
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Marius Lăcătuş 35'
2 - 0  Ştefan Iovan 71'
3 - 0  Marco van Basten 87'
Formation Gavrilă Balint

LF  To  LCD
3-5-2  To  4-5-1
46'
Formation Florin Tămâian

RF  To  MCD
4-5-1  To  5-5-0
46'

Possession

55%
45%
62%
38%

Chance distribution

Home Away
6 3

0 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 1
2 Right attack 0
1 Other 0
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 solid (very high) brilliant (very high) 28 44 7/20 11/20
Attack solid (very high) solid (high) 28 27 7/20 7/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Pressing
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (high) inadequate (very low) 23 17 6/20 5/20
Average midfield solid (low) inadequate (very high) 26 20 7/20 5/20
Average defence formidable (very low) extra-terrestrial (high) 33 63 9/20 16/20
Average attack passable (very high) poor (high) 24 11 6/20 3/20
Total average solid (very high) excellent (high) 28 31 7/20 8/20

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