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Gentlemen prefer blondes and Fontana prefers a 2-5-3. Let's see how this plays out for them. The following players took the field: Villota - van Nieuwstad, Esterer - Righetti, Ivković, Lama Alvarez, Korf, Tarujärvi - Rosenhammer, Lechner, Equizi.

Our studio analysts were correct. ofnzcrew has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. Lineup: Udd - McManus, De Smet, Sévin - Sarmast, Stamenković, Heilbo, Lely, Niedbalski - Cadosch, Uyaynah.

7 minutes had elapsed when a great chance for Fontana to take the lead after a good ball from the right found Egidius van Nieuwstad alone with the keeper, but he chipped it to the wrong side of the post. Good work by ofnzcrew's defensive line after 19 minutes produced a good counter-attack chance, one of which cut elegantly down the middle of the field and found Iso Cadosch alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide. With 21 minutes on the clock, the home side was awarded a penalty. The visitors protested wildly but the referee was adamant. Giancarlo Equizi easily put the 1 - 0 goal away to hand the lead to Fontana. Speedy Antonio Righetti tried one of his patented runs 36 minutes into the game, but Laurent Sévin was just as fast and averted the attack. ofnzcrew's defense sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counter-attack with 39 minutes gone, but Iso Cadosch's finish was met by the firm hands of the keeper. 1 - 0 was the score after the first half. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Fontana had 57...57 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Antonio Righetti had a fantastic opportunity to put Fontana up another goal 61 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar. Giancarlo Equizi almost put Fontana ahead another goal when he curled a free kick over the defensive wall and almost into the net, but the visitors' keeper got there just in time to knock it wide. With 84 minutes played, Fontana's Ibrahim Esterer received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. Mihajlo Ivković increased Fontana's lead to 2 - 0, connecting with a hooked ball from the right. The away fans are claiming handball, to no avail. Niklas Lechner had put in a good 87 minutes and left the field with a smile on his face due to his team's lead. Laurent Granger was the replacement. By now, the players of Fontana felt that victory was a sure thing and began to play it safe, focusing on defense and not risking too much going forward. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Fontana would have 58 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Fontana's top performer was clearly Elano Lama Alvarez. I can't remember Egidius van Nieuwstad ever having a worse night than he just had. ofnzcrew's best player was Iso Cadosch. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Mikael Udd today. The match ends 2 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield outstanding (high) excellent (very low) 39 29 10/20 8/20
Right defense magnificent (high) magnificent (very low) 47 45 12/20 12/20
Central defense brilliant (low) magnificent (low) 42 46 11/20 12/20
Left defense supernatural (very low) magnificent (low) 53 46 14/20 12/20
Right attack titanic (high) brilliant (high) 59 43 15/20 11/20
Central attack formidable (high) formidable (very low) 35 33 9/20 9/20
Left attack extra-terrestrial (very low) brilliant (very low) 61 41 16/20 11/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense outstanding (very low) excellent (high) 37 31 10/20 8/20
Attack solid (very low) solid (high) 25 27 7/20 7/20
 
Team attitude
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Giancarlo Equizi 21'
2 - 0  Mihajlo Ivković 86'
Ibrahim Esterer 84'
Formation Out  Niklas Lechner
In  Laurent Granger
Defensive To  Normal
CF  To  MCD
2-5-3  To  3-5-2
87'

Possession

57%
43%
58%
42%

Chance distribution

Home Away
9 2

0 Left attack 0
4 Central attack 2
2 Right attack 0
2 Other 0
1 Special events 0
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Yellow card
85
2 - 0
Substitution
Pullback
90
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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

Defense outstanding (very low) excellent (high) 37 31 10/20 8/20
Attack solid (very low) solid (high) 25 27 7/20 7/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience excellent (high) solid (low) 31 26 8/20 7/20
Average midfield outstanding (high) excellent (very low) 39 29 10/20 8/20
Average defense magnificent (high) magnificent (low) 47 46 12/20 12/20
Average attack world class (very high) outstanding (high) 52 39 13/20 10/20
Total average magnificent (low) outstanding (low) 46 38 12/20 10/20

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