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65000 fans turned up at Grüne Au, and despite threatening clouds, no rain came. Stig Damkjær was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Guillaume Chazeau and . Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! Vorwärts will go to battle in a 3-5-2 formation. They fielded: Igellund - Ramos García, Karsakov, Valério - Grosnille, Hoeland, Greinstetter, Witzmann, Meusburger - Catană, Kasper.

Gentlemen prefer blondes and Stanghausen prefers a 4-5-1. Let's see how this plays out for them. Lineup: Soler - Caffi, Bumblauskis, Maggiore, Quirini - Wolff, Borella, Kupetskiy, Foetsch, Di Nicola - Mic.

A outstanding level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Stanghausen. M. Witzmann will have Excedrin Headache number 5 after heading home the hard corner kick from M. Catană after 14 minutes of play. I'm sure that making the score 1 - 0 will assuage him a bit, though. The home side's M. Catană came close to extending the lead after 27 minutes. His shot came in from the right but I. Soler managed to push it wide with his fingertips. Coming in from the right, Stanghausen had a good opportunity to convert on a counter-attack after 28 minutes, but E. Quirini's attempt was easily stopped. It was a tight call, but the replays show that the ref was correct to award the visitors a penalty kick. P. Kupetskiy calmly took the shot and scored. The game was level at 1 - 1. Stanghausen almost scored after a swift counter-attack 43 minutes into the game, but B. Bumblauskis put the shot from the left flank just outside the frame. After 43 minutes, Vorwärts's F. Meusburger wobbled like a one-legged man on Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras, but he's determined to stay in the match. He's a real fighter! It was a goal more likely to end up on SportsNation rather than SportsCenter, but the free kick in minute 44 by M. Catană somehow found its way past the keeper. Vorwärts takes the lead, 2 - 1! M. Catană could have put Vorwärts up one more, but he fired into the side netting after breaking free on the left after 44 minutes. Halftime score was 2 - 1. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Vorwärts had 66...66 percent possession. AH AH AH!

F. Meusburger's well-known speed was on display as he darted past his defender and sent a beautiful pass through the defender’s legs to M. Catană who scored the 3 - 1 goal. P. Wolff showed that Stanghausen weren't done, putting the ball in the net after an opportunistic attack from the right side 51 minutes into the game. After a play down the right 61 minutes into the match, Vorwärts's M. Catană unleashed a ferocious shot that smashed into the roof of the net - after going over the crossbar. Coming in from the right, M. Catană almost managed to score another goal for Vorwärts, but his header was kept out by the lightning fast reflexes of the visiting keeper. The referee showed Stanghausen's M. Caffi the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. P. Kupetskiy came close to leveling the score 77 minutes into the game, as he was set up with a through ball coming in from the left, but his shot hit the post. Vorwärts's F. Meusburger had an excellent opportunity 78 minutes in, shooting after bringing down a ball from the right, but he missed the goal by miles! Stanghausen needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 80 minutes G. Di Nicola made way for D. Noe. The bench was restless, and with 81 minutes gone Stanghausen's coach gave S. Boivin the opportunity to try to change the team's fortunes. M. Caffi reluctantly left the field. There was concern in the stands when, at the 82 minute mark, Vorwärts's S. Kasper hit the ground hard, but with the help of the trainer's magic spray, he rejoined his teammates on the field. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Vorwärts would have 65 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Vorwärts's top performer was clearly J. Greinstetter. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by L. Ramos García today. Most important Stanghausen player was I. Soler. Good thing D. Noe isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. The match ends 3 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield outstanding (very high) passable (low) 40 22 10/20 6/20
Right defense outstanding (high) world class (low) 39 50 10/20 13/20
Central defense magnificent (high) magnificent (high) 47 47 12/20 12/20
Left defense excellent (very low) supernatural (very high) 29 56 8/20 14/20
Right attack excellent (high) outstanding (high) 31 39 8/20 10/20
Central attack formidable (very high) weak (low) 36 14 9/20 4/20
Left attack excellent (low) weak (high) 30 15 8/20 4/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (high) solid (very high) 27 28 7/20 7/20
Attack passable (very low) inadequate (very high) 21 20 6/20 5/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20


1 - 0  M. Witzmann 14'
1 - 1  P. Kupetskiy 40'
2 - 1  M. Catană 44'
3 - 1  M. Catană 47'
3 - 2  P. Wolff 51'
1 card accumulated M. Caffi 72'
Got bruised F. Meusburger 43'
Got bruised S. Kasper 82'
Substitution Out  G. Di Nicola
In  D. Noe
Substitution Out  M. Caffi
In  S. Boivin



Chance distribution

Home Away
10 5

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defense solid (high) solid (very high) 27 28 7/20 7/20
Attack passable (very low) inadequate (very high) 21 20 6/20 5/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (very low) excellent (low) 25 30 7/20 8/20
Average midfield outstanding (very high) passable (low) 40 22 10/20 6/20
Average defense outstanding (low) world class (high) 38 51 10/20 13/20
Average attack formidable (very low) passable (high) 33 23 9/20 6/20
Total average outstanding (very low) excellent (very high) 37 32 10/20 8/20


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