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30256 punters turned up at The Fortress, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Mathieu Thibaudet was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Dariusz Gut and Iván Yanke. The match took place on neutral ground. Starters: Goron - F. Nagy, Berzsenyi, Gulyás, Pap, Lakatos - Lattek, Sánta-Balog, Bánk - Balinski, Balog.

The following players took the field: Gonnet - Ducros, Lavergne, Chevillot, Gourdon, Darche - Rudorfer, Delaby, Vuillemard, Pélat - Jaouen.

Magyarország started the game in a 5-3-2 formation, whereas France lined up in a 5-4-1 formation. For their match strategy, Magyarország had decided to use their divine (+1) ability to counter-attack whenever possible. 2 minutes into the match, France nearly took the lead, as Alexandre Vuillemard broke through on the right. Adrián Goron made the save, however. After 3 minutes, Magyarország 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. László F. Nagy still has a lot to learn. For instance, he should know not to make half-hearted passes in front of Nicolas Jaouen, who easily scored for France, making it 0 - 1. Magyarország's Thorben Balinski almost tied things up with 21 minutes played after breaking through on the right, but his shot deflected off the post. In an effort to secure the lead, France changed their tactic after 25 minutes. With 28 minutes played, Dorian Delaby nearly put the visitors another one up as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot passed just over the bar. The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1. France claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 64 percent.

In the lead, France adjusted their style of play with 46 minutes gone. Some fine movement on the left led to a France goal after 47 minutes, making it 0 - 2. Alexandre Lavergne was noted down as the scorer. 56 minutes into the game, Magyarország seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to inadequate. Had it not been for one of the home defenders, Nicolas Jaouen would have put France up another goal 60 minutes into the match with his audacious lob from the right wing. Magyarország's counterattacks created a good chance for Sándor Sánta-Balog on the right after 61 minutes, but he could only look on with dismay as his strike rebounded off the crossbar. Magyarország's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 66 minutes gone, but Zoltán Berzsenyi's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper. After a short break after 67 minutes, France seemed to change their tactical approach a bit. Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Magyarország's Márton Balog was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 71 minutes. Barna 'Bébé' Busa was given a chance to change things around. Adrián Goron got a fingertip on Alexandre Vuillemard's shot from the left 74 minutes in, and managed to keep the visitors from going up another goal. Magyarország needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 76 minutes Gotlíb Bánk made way for Zsolt Hajdu. 77 minutes into the game, Magyarország seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a weak level of organisation. After 81 minutes, Magyarország switched Sándor Sánta-Balog with Dániel Csató, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch. Content with how the game was proceeding, the France coach let Michaël Personne replace Étienne Pélat after 89 minutes. The match ends 0 - 2. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by France, with 67 percent of the ball.

Magyarország's top performer was clearly Adrián Goron. Botond Gulyás was a disappointment, however. The most dominating France player was without a doubt Nicolas Jaouen. However, Michaël Personne made a disastrous appearance.

Rating details

Midfield passable (low) outstanding (very high) 22 40 6/20 10/20
Right defence divine (+3) (low) utopian (very low) 90 73 23/20 19/20
Central defence divine (very high) utopian (very low) 80 73 20/20 19/20
Left defence divine (+2) (low) utopian (high) 86 75 22/20 19/20
Right attack titanic (high) titanic (very high) 59 60 15/20 15/20
Central attack solid (high) formidable (very low) 27 33 7/20 9/20
Left attack magnificent (very low) titanic (low) 45 58 12/20 15/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (low) outstanding (high) 38 39 10/20 10/20
Attack passable (high) passable (low) 23 22 6/20 6/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill divine (+1) (no tactic) 21 (no tactic) 21/20
Style of play 100% Defensive Neutral
 

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Highlights

0 - 1  Nicolas Jaouen 8'
0 - 2  Alexandre Lavergne 47'
Formation Alexandre Lavergne

Offensive  To  Normal
RCD  To  MIM
5-4-1  To  4-5-1
25'
Formation Alexandre Lavergne

Normal  To  Defensive
MIM  To  LF
4-5-1  To  4-4-2
46'
Formation Sébastien Gourdon

Offensive  To  Normal
LCD  To  MIM
4-4-2  To  3-5-2
67'
Substitution Out  Márton Balog
In  Barna 'Bébé' Busa
71'
Substitution Out  Gotlíb Bánk
In  Zsolt Hajdu
76'
Substitution Out  Sándor Sánta-Balog
In  Dániel Csató
81'
Substitution Out  Étienne Pélat
In  Michaël Personne
89'

Possession

36%
64%
33%
67%

Chance distribution

Home Away
4 10

0 Left attack 3
1 Central attack 4
2 Right attack 2
1 Other 0
0 Special events 1

Replays (20 times)

Home Draw Away
5 5 10

0,7 Average goals 1,5

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Confusion
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Substitution
75
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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 (low) outstanding (high) 38 39 10/20 10/20
Attack passable (high) passable (low) 23 22 6/20 6/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill divine (+1) (no tactic) 21 (no tactic) 21/20
Style of play 100% Defensive Neutral

Average ratings

Total player experience brilliant (very high) supernatural (very high) 44 56 11/20 14/20
Average midfield passable (low) outstanding (very high) 22 40 6/20 10/20
Average defence divine (+2) (very low) utopian (low) 85 74 22/20 19/20
Average attack brilliant (very high) world class (low) 44 50 11/20 13/20
Total average world class (low) supernatural (high) 50 55 13/20 14/20

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