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The crowd of 101430 turning up at FC Bakoil Arena Stadium today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Ciprian Popescu was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Martin Lawson and Massimiliano 'Pilastro' Giassi. After thorough analysis and consultation of astrological charts, Azərbaycan decided to go with a 3-5-2 formation. They fielded: İbrahimov - Nağıyev, Əhmədov, Rəcəbli - Əliyev, Səfiyev, Bəhramov, Fətullayev, Qasımov - Abbasov, Səfiyev.

Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! Magyarország will go to battle in a 4-4-2 formation. Starters: Jäger - Valló, Jánosy, Svilar, Smojver - Fodor, Eszik, Feleki, Dani - Sisák, Jankula.

A titanic level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Magyarország. Oruc Qasımov's speed was almost enough to give Azərbaycan a goal after 26 minutes, but his nice pass to Təhmiraz Səfiyev was not taken care of properly. With 30 minutes played, Tofiq Əliyev came in from the right with the intention of giving Azərbaycan the lead, but his rocket of a shot could only rattle the crossbar. The slippery field made speedy runs nearly impossible, which hampered Atilla Dani in particular. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 39 minutes on the clock after Péter Sisák's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Magyarország player a yellow card though. Despite the fact that he was falling backwards, Cavanşir Nağıyev still managed to send an excellent header goalwards. The crossbar is the keeper's best friend though, and the ball bounced harmlessly out of play. Slack defending gave Azərbaycan a chance to take the lead with 42 minutes played, but Təhmiraz Səfiyev's cross from the left flank was met gratefully by the opposition who cleared it to safety. Magyarország's defense sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counter-attack with 43 minutes gone, but Dezső Fodor's finish was met by the firm hands of the keeper. Sahib Əhmədov of Azərbaycan received a yellow card after 43 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior. Halftime score was 0 - 0. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Azərbaycan would have 58 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Rövşən Əlizadə was called on to replace Azərbaycan's Ayaz Səfiyev after 58 minutes following a nasty collision. Magyarország showed their counter-attacking skill 79 minutes into the match by breaking through the middle, with János Jánosy scoring an easy goal for 0 - 1. With 81 minutes played, Magyarország's János Jánosy received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. Azərbaycan were forced into a substitution as Tofiq Əliyev couldn't continue playing due to some rough treatment, so Sənan Abdullayev had to come in from the bench. Təhmiraz Səfiyev became the new Azərbaycan captain. The Magyarország coach was happy with the scoreline, but still wanted to change the lineup. After 89 minutes, Bálint Héjjas came on for Patrik Jankula. The forty-five minutes were dominated by Azərbaycan, with an impressive 57 percent possession of the ball.

The most outstanding Azərbaycan player was without a doubt Təhmiraz Səfiyev. Speaking of stinking up the place, Sənan Abdullayev sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. Most important Magyarország player was Péter Sisák. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because Jasmin Svilar seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 0 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield magnificent (high) formidable (low) 47 34 12/20 9/20
Right defense supernatural (low) utopian (high) 54 75 14/20 19/20
Central defense world class (high) divine (very high) 51 80 13/20 20/20
Left defense world class (very high) divine (+1) (very low) 52 81 13/20 21/20
Right attack supernatural (high) titanic (low) 55 58 14/20 15/20
Central attack excellent (high) formidable (low) 31 34 8/20 9/20
Left attack extra-terrestrial (very low) extra-terrestrial (very low) 61 61 16/20 16/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense excellent (high) brilliant (high) 31 43 8/20 11/20
Attack inadequate (very high) solid (very high) 20 28 5/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) titanic (no tactic) 15 15/20

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Chance distribution

Home Away
8 2

3 Left attack 0
1 Central attack 2
1 Right attack 0
1 Other 0
2 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 excellent (high) brilliant (high) 31 43 8/20 11/20
Attack inadequate (very high) solid (very high) 20 28 5/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) titanic (no tactic) 15 15/20

Average ratings

Total player experience brilliant (very low) magnificent (very high) 41 48 11/20 12/20
Average midfield magnificent (high) formidable (low) 47 34 12/20 9/20
Average defense supernatural (very low) divine (low) 53 78 14/20 20/20
Average attack world class (very low) world class (high) 49 51 13/20 13/20
Total average world class (low) supernatural (low) 50 54 13/20 14/20


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