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The crowd of 87591 turning up at Coffee-Shop-Arena am AHP today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Marcel Kiča was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Zihni Ergüder and . Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! Nicaragua will go to battle in a 3-5-2 formation. Lineup: Salcedo - Molina, Sandoval, Ascanio - Arayas, Santander, Araizaga, Bravo, Carrillo - Mérida, Álvarez.

The head coach flashed hand signals from the sideline and Magyarország formed up in a 2-5-3 combination. Let's hope the opposing sideline wasn't filming that. They fielded: Berlinger - Valló, Svilar - Fodor, Eszik, Hajdu, Feleki, Dani - Sisák, Molnár, Jankula.

Péter Sisák was uncomfortable with the soggy field as he couldn't move the ball around with his usual grace. This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when Dezső Molnár slipped through the left defense to come up alone against Adelino Salcedo, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning-fast reflexes. Ángel Manuel 'Príncipe' Araizaga is such a powerful player - he hardly even noticed the downpour and bravely fought on through the swampy field. Magyarország had several good opportunities to take the lead, especially 26 minutes in when Péter Sisák found himself alone with Adelino Salcedo who managed a block. Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 35 minutes into the match left Magyarország's Péter Sisák completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors. The referee showed Magyarország's Alex Eszik the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. A thrilling play through the middle after 37 minutes gave Magyarország's Atilla Dani a chance to increase the lead, and he happily obliged. The score was then 0 - 2. Kevin Petrényi was called on to replace Magyarország's Alex Feleki after 38 minutes following a nasty collision. Magyarország's Dezső Molnár received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 39 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 0 - 3. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! Magyarország's players now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. 0 - 3 was the halftime score. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Magyarország would have 68 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Magyarország increased the lead to 0 - 4 as Dezső Fodor scored from the penalty spot, putting the ball in the top left corner. Nicaragua's Rafael Arayas had to be stretchered off the field due to injury. Unfortunately, the stretcher posse dropped him then fell on his injured leg, injuring him further and causing embarrassment for the medical staff. In came Pedro Camacho to replace him. Carlos Manuel Mérida's well-known speed was on display as he darted past his defender and sent a beautiful pass through the defender’s legs to Néstor Álvarez who scored the 1 - 4 goal. Content with how the game was proceeding, the Magyarország coach let Renátó Oláh come on for Jasmin Svilar after 70 minutes. Patrik Jankula came close to extending the visitors' lead when he found himself completely unmarked in front of the goal after a pass through the middle, but his attempted chip over Adelino Salcedo just kept rising and landed in the relieved crowd. 72 minutes into the game, Magyarország worked the left side industriously creating several opportunities to add to their lead, but just couldn't apply the finishing touch. After more pushing and shoving than a pack of helicopter moms trying to get the last appointment for their snowflakes to see the Easter Bunny, Magyarország's Renátó Oláh finally got himself booked for a foul. The ball was in the back of the home team's net yet again after 77 minutes, but this time the referee called the goal back because Alex Eszik had knocked a member of the opposing team to the ground while the play occurred down the middle of the field. Atilla Dani had put in a good 85 minutes and left the field with a smile on his face due to his team's lead. Konrád Jeck was the replacement. As the captain was no longer on the field, Renátó Oláh took over the role for Magyarország. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Magyarország had 71...71 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Néstor Álvarez performed admirably for Nicaragua. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because Benicio Santander seemed to stumble all over the pitch. Magyarország's best player was Patrik Jankula. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Kevin Petrényi today. The match ends 1 - 4.

Rating details

Midfield weak (very high) formidable (very low) 16 33 4/20 9/20
Right defense excellent (high) world class (high) 31 51 8/20 13/20
Central defense brilliant (very high) brilliant (low) 44 42 11/20 11/20
Left defense excellent (very low) world class (high) 29 51 8/20 13/20
Right attack titanic (low) magical (very high) 58 72 15/20 18/20
Central attack passable (high) supernatural (low) 23 54 6/20 14/20
Left attack weak (very high) magical (low) 16 70 4/20 18/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (very high) outstanding (high) 28 39 7/20 10/20
Attack passable (low) excellent (high) 22 31 6/20 8/20
 
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Highlights

0 - 1  Péter Sisák 35'
0 - 2  Atilla Dani 37'
0 - 3  Dezső Molnár 39'
0 - 4  Dezső Fodor 56'
1 - 4  Néstor Álvarez 69'
Alex Eszik 36'
Renátó Oláh 76'
Alex Feleki 38'
Rafael Arayas 61'
Substitution Out Alex Feleki
In Kevin Petrényi
38'
Substitution Out Rafael Arayas
In Pedro Camacho
61'
Substitution Out  Jasmin Svilar
In  Renátó Oláh
70'
Substitution Out  Atilla Dani
In  Konrád Jeck
85'

Possession

32%
68%
29%
71%

Chance distribution

Home Away
1 9

0 Left attack 2
0 Central attack 5
0 Right attack 1
0 Other 1
1 Special events 0
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Indirect set pieces

Defense solid (very high) outstanding (high) 28 39 7/20 10/20
Attack passable (low) excellent (high) 22 31 6/20 8/20

Miscellaneous

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Average ratings

Total player experience outstanding (very low) brilliant (very low) 37 41 10/20 11/20
Average midfield weak (very high) formidable (very low) 16 33 4/20 9/20
Average defense formidable (high) magnificent (very high) 35 48 9/20 12/20
Average attack excellent (very high) mythical (very low) 32 65 8/20 17/20
Total average solid (very high) world class (very low) 28 49 7/20 13/20

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