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163750 fans turned up at Shirayuri Skydome, and despite threatening clouds, no rain came. Tony Marvin was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . Gentlemen prefer blondes and Nippon prefers a 4-4-2. Let's see how this plays out for them. Lineup: Kasaya - Aida, Mizofuchi, Isayama, Tsuruya - Otake, Komatsu, Kamo, Takagaki - Tansho, Akimoto.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Magyarország formed up in a 3-5-2 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. The following players had been selected: Bocsa - Lövész, Fodor, Sebestyén - Lajtos, Hacsek, Náray, Tóbiás, Papp - Majoros, Puskás.

Nippon's game plan was to sit back and absorb the pressure, then use their titanic ability to break on the counter whenever possible. Using their divine (+2) skill, Magyarország pushed their attacks towards the wings. After 20 minutes Nippon tried to use their counter-attacking skills. Unfortunately, Daisuke Tsuruya's shot sailed wide after his break down the right. With the clock showing 40 minutes, the fourth official held up the substitution board. Tadamichi Akimoto looked to see that it was his number in red, so he made his way over to the sideline and swapped out for Shigetoshi Miyata, though he would have liked to continue. The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 0. Magyarország did a good job holding on to the ball, with 58 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

With 50 minutes of the match played, a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but Krisztián Lajtos, after dashing down on goal from the left and finding himself with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide. Nippon mounted an inspired counter-attack down the right wing after 61 minutes, but Toshio Komatsu was unable to convert from short range. 80 minutes into the match, the referee signaled for a Magyarország substitution. Roland Lakos came on for Olivér Náray. Nippon's counter-attack was impressive and was only stopped by a shocking foul. Somehow, the referee's cards remained in his pocket - a terrible decision! Masakazu 'Beckham' Otake's resulting free kick was easily saved by the keeper. After 83 minutes, Nippon began to show their lack of experience and they threatened to wilt under the heavy pressure from their opposition. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Magyarország would have 57 percent possession in this half was spot on!

The most outstanding Nippon player was without a doubt Jo Kasaya. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Chuichi Takagaki today. Magyarország's top performer was clearly Emil Majoros. Good thing Krisztián Lajtos isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. The match ends 0 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield excellent (very low) brilliant (very low) 29 41 8/20 11/20
Right defense utopian (very high) magical (very low) 76 69 19/20 18/20
Central defense utopian (very high) supernatural (low) 76 54 19/20 14/20
Left defense divine (+4) (very low) mythical (high) 93 67 24/20 17/20
Right attack world class (very high) inadequate (very high) 52 20 13/20 5/20
Central attack weak (very high) excellent (low) 16 30 4/20 8/20
Left attack inadequate (low) supernatural (high) 18 55 5/20 14/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense outstanding (very low) formidable (very high) 37 36 10/20 9/20
Attack passable (very low) solid (low) 21 26 6/20 7/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill titanic divine (+2) 15 22 15/20 22/20
 

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Highlights

Formation Out  Tadamichi Akimoto
In  Shigetoshi Miyata
Defensive To  Normal
CF  To  MIM
4-4-2  To  4-5-1
40'
Substitution Out  Olivér Náray
In  Roland Lakos
80'

Possession

42%
58%
43%
57%

Chance distribution

Home Away
6 8

0 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 1
3 Right attack 5
1 Other 0
0 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

Defense outstanding (very low) formidable (very high) 37 36 10/20 9/20
Attack passable (very low) solid (low) 21 26 6/20 7/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill titanic divine (+2) 15 22 15/20 22/20

Average ratings

Total player experience titanic (very low) extra-terrestrial (low) 57 62 15/20 16/20
Average midfield excellent (very low) brilliant (very low) 29 41 8/20 11/20
Average defense divine (+1) (very low) extra-terrestrial (high) 81 63 21/20 16/20
Average attack excellent (very low) formidable (high) 29 35 8/20 9/20
Total average magnificent (low) magnificent (low) 46 46 12/20 12/20

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