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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 1702 had shown up at X-TREM-TEAM Arena for the match. Pepe Machasilla was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and Egon Cronen. The match took place on neutral ground. A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Hearts. The following players took the field: Thümmler - Drahosch, Huter, Niessner - van der Heiden, Strube, Riehmer, Michels, Jeltsch - Trampert, Tater.

Spessart had chosen a strategic 5-3-2 formation. Starters: Psuja - Lyasnikov, Lekshin, Cubelli, Bayer, Ibn-Habib - Hişam, Gozie, Al-Harasy - Bauten, Bobeneck.

Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Spessart, taking advantage of their extra-terrestrial level with that tactic. Dieter Bauten was in the clear after breaking the offside trap following a Spessart counterattack from the left after 4 minutes. His neat finish made the score 0 - 1. Hearts put pressure on the visitors' central defence 11 minutes into the game, but Herbert Tater couldn't find an opening. Spessart's counterattacks were lethal to the opposing defence, allowing Erdem Hişam to score easily from the right flank for 0 - 2. Hearts's Domenik Trampert got the home crowd going when he finished off a left wing charge, reducing the away team's lead to 1 - 2. With 29 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Spessart resulted in a counterattack that set Dieter Bauten free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save. 1 - 2 was the score after the first half. Possession in this half belonged to Hearts, who controlled the ball 76 percent of the time.

Jörn Riehmer always provides an aerial threat at corners, and with 56 minutes gone, he demonstrated this, outjumping his marker, then letting out an anguished howl as his powerful header went narrowly wide. After a fatal mistake from the away team's right side defence 61 minutes into the match, an alert Oliver van der Heiden bagged the ball for Hearts, levelling the score to 2 - 2. 65 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a Hearts substitution. Dethleff Lieff came on for Jörn Riehmer. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, Oliver van der Heiden got himself booked. The manager of Hearts was not happy. Hearts's Dethleff Lieff was shown a yellow card after 82 minutes for slicing down an opponent. The home side put themselves ahead 3 - 2 after 83 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from Domenik Trampert, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing. After 86 minutes Spessart's Dieter Bauten contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game. Hearts managed to extend their lead to 4 - 2 when Ben Niessner cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper. Hearts claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 77 percent.

Most important Hearts player was Ben Niessner. On the other hand, Volker Huter's play was disheartening. Dieter Bauten performed admirably for Spessart. Ege Bayer turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 4 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield outstanding (very high) weak (very low) 40 13 10/20 4/20
Right defence supernatural (very high) supernatural (high) 56 55 14/20 14/20
Central defence brilliant (high) supernatural (low) 43 54 11/20 14/20
Left defence magnificent (very high) magnificent (very high) 48 48 12/20 12/20
Right attack world class (low) extra-terrestrial (low) 50 62 13/20 16/20
Central attack solid (high) passable (high) 27 23 7/20 6/20
Left attack supernatural (high) titanic (high) 55 59 14/20 15/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence formidable (very low) excellent (high) 33 31 9/20 8/20
Attack inadequate (very high) solid (low) 20 26 5/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) extra-terrestrial (no tactic) 16 16/20


0 - 1  Dieter Bauten 4'
0 - 2  Erdem Hişam 12'
1 - 2  Domenik Trampert 19'
2 - 2  Oliver van der Heiden 61'
3 - 2  Domenik Trampert 83'
4 - 2  Ben Niessner 87'
Oliver van der Heiden 80'
Dethleff Lieff 82'
Dieter Bauten 86'
Substitution Out  Jörn Riehmer
In  Dethleff Lieff



Chance distribution

Home Away
11 3

3 Left attack 1
4 Central attack 1
1 Right attack 1
2 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 formidable (very low) excellent (high) 33 31 9/20 8/20
Attack inadequate (very high) solid (low) 20 26 5/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) extra-terrestrial (no tactic) 16 16/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (very low) passable (high) 25 23 7/20 6/20
Average midfield outstanding (very high) weak (very low) 40 13 10/20 4/20
Average defence world class (very low) world class (very high) 49 52 13/20 13/20
Average attack brilliant (very high) magnificent (very high) 44 48 11/20 12/20
Total average brilliant (very high) outstanding (low) 44 38 12/20 10/20


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