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Due to an all-day shower, 1414 paying spectators got to see the game on a field-turned-swamp at L'abattoir. Sten Gustavsson was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Gennaro Pavani and Ryan van Tunen. The following players had been selected: Simon - Furacão, Grima, Piórowski, Viglietta, Andreev - Waldhusen, Ilarie, Haegens, Pasquier, Kriegmaier -.

Starters: López Obregón - van Goethem, Araluce, Gratschev - Malamane, Roland, Simonin, Cuda, Gandegora - Perrier, David.

Les Bouchers Rochelais started the game in a 5-5-0 formation, whereas Saint Ro City lined up in a 3-5-2. Rochelais mostly relied on their magical long range shooting ability. A outstanding level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of SRCity. With 17 minutes played, Rochelais's Stoyan Andreev received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. After 18 minutes Rochelais showed the crowd a glorious passing play which put Sandro Waldhusen in a perfect shooting position. His low hard shot was just as delightful, placed just inside the keeper's right post making it 1 - 0. Yanic Haegens slipped and slid in the wet grass. His usual rapid runs were nowhere to be seen today. After 30 minutes, a counter-attack by SRCity was converted into a decent free kick opportunity. However, the indirect free kick play was easily anticipated by the defenders. A textbook example of how to defend a free kick - the attackers were left with few viable options. 1 - 0 was the halftime score. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Rochelais had 60...60 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Rochelais focused on finding shooting opportunities from distance and after 71 minutes Bogumił Piórowski fired off the big cannon, but the shot went sailing over the cross bar and almost cleared the stands! 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, Rochelais's Sandro Waldhusen finally got himself booked for a foul. After 83 minutes SRCity tried to use their counter-attacking skills. Unfortunately, Rayane Malamane's shot sailed wide after his break down the right. The home side's Yannick Pasquier twisted a free kick home with 85 minutes played, putting Rochelais ahead 2 - 0. SRCity had to make a substitution after 86 minutes. Marcin Cuda apparently was hit by a thrown bottle of Schlitz by one of the opposing players' fans, and now reeks of blood and bad beer. While the coach remonstrated with the side official about the situation, Fokke Wijker finished his warmups and came on. The players were tired, but when the referee announced that there would be 1 minutes of added time, they welcomed the extra opportunity to make an impact. The match ends 2 - 0. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Rochelais would have 60 percent possession in this half was spot on!

The most outstanding Rochelais player was without a doubt Dragoş Ilarie. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Sandro Waldhusen today. Most important SRCity player was Erkki Gratschev. I can't remember Sébastien Roland ever having a worse night than he just had.

Rating details

Midfield magnificent (very low) excellent (low) 45 30 12/20 8/20
Right defense mythical (high) brilliant (very high) 67 44 17/20 11/20
Central defense extra-terrestrial (very high) outstanding (very high) 64 40 16/20 10/20
Left defense magical (low) brilliant (low) 70 42 18/20 11/20
Right attack wretched (high) outstanding (very low) 7 37 2/20 10/20
Central attack wretched (very high) excellent (low) 8 30 2/20 8/20
Left attack wretched (low) outstanding (very low) 6 37 2/20 10/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense magnificent (low) excellent (very low) 46 29 12/20 8/20
Attack brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Long shots Counter-attacks
Tactic skill magical outstanding 18 10 18/20 10/20
Style of play - -
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Sandro Waldhusen 18'
2 - 0  Yannick Pasquier 85'
Stoyan Andreev 17'
Sandro Waldhusen 76'
Marcin Cuda 86'
Substitution Out Marcin Cuda
In Fokke Wijker
86'

Possession

60%
40%
60%
40%

Chance distribution

Home Away
6 6

0 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 2
1 Right attack 1
3 Other 1
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 magnificent (low) excellent (very low) 46 29 12/20 8/20
Attack brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Long shots Counter-attacks
Tactic skill magical outstanding 18 10 18/20 10/20
Style of play - -

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (very low) passable (high) 25 23 7/20 6/20
Average midfield magnificent (very low) excellent (low) 45 30 12/20 8/20
Average defense mythical (high) brilliant (low) 67 42 17/20 11/20
Average attack wretched (high) formidable (low) 7 34 2/20 9/20
Total average outstanding (very high) formidable (high) 40 35 10/20 9/20

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