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State 5 - 2 Soluy

The crowd of 29876 turning up at Nancy's Stadium today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Björn Knutsson was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Asyad Al Khatib and Ionuţ Popa. They fielded: Ribnitz - Fabro, Hoogenboom, Acda, Coremans - Schober, Cubells, Alen - Pop, Villena, Brusarosco.

The following players had been chosen: Małkus - Nettis, Colpa, Fogelquist - Wilches, Fabianni, Giraldo, Güáqueta, Aparicio - Zhevnerov, Foreth.

State FC entered the field in a 4-3-3 formation. The visitors, Soluy Soccer Club, chose to start the game with a 3-5-2 lineup. State clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could, taking advantage of their brilliant level with that tactic. Soluy mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle, taking advantage of their outstanding level with that tactic. Soluy had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks. After 17 minutes State tried to exploit their counterattacking skills, unfortunately, Maurice Villena's shot sailed wide after his break down the right. Alexander Schober slipped and slithered in the wet grass. His usual rapid runs were nowhere to be seen today. State broke through on the left 27 minutes into the game, with Roc Cubells firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead. Soluy levelled the score after 31 minutes to make it 1 - 1, as Evgeny Zhevnerov struck home after a fine midfield combination through the centre, which left him completely unmarked. Soluy players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead. Given a free kick close to the byline, Soluy tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let Guido Hernán Fabianni slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 1 - 2, 36 minutes into the game. 1 - 2 was the halftime score. Soluy claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 58 percent.

The referee showed Soluy's Guido Hernán Fabianni the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. Mihai Pop was in no condition to play on. He left the field limping after 58 minutes, with his right thigh bandaged. The player that took his place was Mouslim Zitouni. Alexander Schober was handed the State captain's armband. With 62 minutes played, Mouslim Zitouni of State fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving. With 67 minutes played, William Alberto Aparicio 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. After 68 minutes, Umberto Brusarosco made a dash down the middle past the away team's defenders to score the goal that made it 2 - 2. Soluy had several good opportunities to take the lead, especially 70 minutes in when Michael Fogelquist came up alone against Aljoscha Ribnitz who managed a block. As the match nears its end, the referee has deemed it appropriate to add 1 minute as stoppage time. With the scores being level after 91 minutes, the match went into extra time. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Soluy, with 59 percent of the ball.

The incalculable Evgeny Zhevnerov of Soluy did everything right as he set up Martín Emilio Wilches for a goal after 93 minutes. Unfortunately, the strike missed its target. Aljoscha Ribnitz looked great 94 minutes into the match after stopping a shot from the middle of the penalty area from the visitors' Karel Foreth. With 95 minutes gone, State's Mouslim Zitouni had to leave the pitch after talking back to the referee and receiving his second booking. Roc Cubells was unable to continue, following a slight injury to his right knee after 101 minutes. This gave Çağrı Eyza a chance to take to the field instead. Lisandro Güáqueta came close to putting the visiting team one up 103 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but Aljoscha Ribnitz managed to tip the ball to a corner. The result was still a draw, so the match had to be settled with penalties.

State's Çağrı Eyza coolly put the ball past Dominik Małkus. 3 - 2. Soluy's William Alberto Aparicio looked like he knew exactly where he wanted to put the ball, but unfortunately his shot went wide of the left hand post. Still 3 - 2. State's Francisco Alen looked nervous even as he was putting the ball on the spot. He didn't take much of a run up, and his weak shot was easily saved by the keeper. Soluy's Martín Emilio Wilches didn't hesitate but Aljoscha Ribnitz managed the save, resulting in an unchanged 3 - 2 score. State's Umberto Brusarosco was relaxed as he smoothly put the ball in the net. 4 - 2! A confident Lisandro Güáqueta of Soluy put the ball right where he wanted, but Aljoscha Ribnitz was right there for the save. No goal. State's Maurice Villena kept his cool as he faced down Dominik Małkus. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 5 - 2. The match ends 5 - 2. Most important State player was Maurice Villena. However, Norbert Acda made a disastrous appearance. Guido Hernán Fabianni performed admirably for Soluy. Michael Fogelquist was a disappointment, however.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (very low) passable (high) 17 23 5/20 6/20
Right defence formidable (very low) solid (high) 33 27 9/20 7/20
Central defence formidable (very low) excellent (low) 33 30 9/20 8/20
Left defence excellent (very low) solid (low) 29 26 8/20 7/20
Right attack inadequate (very low) weak (very high) 17 16 5/20 4/20
Central attack excellent (very high) solid (very high) 32 28 8/20 7/20
Left attack passable (low) inadequate (very low) 22 17 6/20 5/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence inadequate (very high) solid (very high) 20 28 5/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (very low) 18 21 5/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack in the Middle
Tactic skill brilliant outstanding 11 10 11/20 10/20
Style of play - -



Chance distribution

Home Away
4 13

1 Left attack 3
1 Central attack 7
2 Right attack 0
0 Other 2
0 Special events 1
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence inadequate (very high) solid (very high) 20 28 5/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (very low) 18 21 5/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack in the Middle
Tactic skill brilliant outstanding 11 10 11/20 10/20
Style of play - -

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (very low) formidable (high) 21 35 6/20 9/20
Average midfield inadequate (very low) passable (high) 17 23 5/20 6/20
Average defence excellent (very high) solid (very high) 32 28 8/20 7/20
Average attack passable (very high) inadequate (very high) 24 20 6/20 5/20
Total average passable (very high) passable (very high) 24 24 7/20 6/20


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