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Having looked forward to this game all week, it was quite a disappointment for the Strikers players when their scheduled opponents did not show up. But the groundskeeper called some friends over for a game instead. Clear skies welcomed the 2256 spectators who had made their way to A. O. Pajari Memorial. Marcel van der Linden was the appointed referee with assistance provided by José 'Pepe' González and Alexander Bang Christiansen. They fielded: Lirtsoyiannis - Stenberg, Myllynen, Liukkonen, Rouvali - Tolsa, Teşoi, Eiskonen, Kuivasaari - Mäkinen, Maksimainen.

Starters: Tudisco - Barthel, Bant, Frederiksz - Dainese, Sianowski, Westerink, Puţan, Quaedackers - Schuijer, Eysenga.

Pajarin Teräs trundled out to the pitch in a 4-4-2 formation. The visitors, Stormwind Strikers, chose to start the game with a 3-5-2 lineup. Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 7 minutes into the match left Strikers's Gianni Dainese completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors. With 12 minutes played, Pajari's Ron Stenberg received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. Some fine one-twos on the left led to a Strikers goal with 15 minutes gone, making it 0 - 2. Adrie Quaedackers was noted down as the scorer. After 26 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defense allowed Raymon Eysenga to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 3. The home fans looked somber as they watched their team give up another goal, this one coming from their right as Jan-Hein Barthel put one through the keeper's legs. 0 - 4 after 27 minutes. The home crowd was not impressed when Edwin Westerink came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 35 minutes. Strikers were now up 0 - 5. It was 0 - 5 at the break. Strikers did a good job holding on to the ball, with 76 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

With 49 minutes played, Strikers put themselves up 0 - 6 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was Kornelis Schuijer. 61 minutes into the match, the visitors put themselves ahead 0 - 7 as Raymon Eysenga finished off an attack from the left with a spectacular bicycle kick. Dzierżysław Sianowski somehow managed to break free of his man on the left wing and only needed a relatively easy finish to bring Strikers's lead up to 0 - 8. After 76 minutes, Otso Myllynen was completely drained, but his teammates managed to cover for his mistakes. Gianni Dainese increased the visitors' lead by volleying in a pass from the right. 0 - 9. The players were tired, but when the referee announced that there would be 2 minutes of added time, they welcomed the extra opportunity to make an impact. The match ends 0 - 9. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Strikers would have 77 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Most important Pajari player was Andrei Teşoi. I can't remember Yiorgos Lirtsoyiannis ever having a worse night than he just had. Gianni Dainese performed admirably for Strikers. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because Raymon Eysenga seemed to stumble all over the pitch.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very low) solid (low) 9 26 3/20 7/20
Right defense poor (high) formidable (very high) 11 36 3/20 9/20
Central defense weak (high) formidable (low) 15 34 4/20 9/20
Left defense poor (high) formidable (high) 11 35 3/20 9/20
Right attack wretched (very high) weak (low) 8 14 2/20 4/20
Central attack wretched (high) weak (low) 7 14 2/20 4/20
Left attack wretched (high) weak (very high) 7 16 2/20 4/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense weak (low) passable (very high) 14 24 4/20 6/20
Attack weak (very low) weak (very high) 13 16 4/20 4/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
Style of play neutral 100% offensive
 

Highlights

0 - 1  Gianni Dainese 7'
0 - 2  Adrie Quaedackers 15'
0 - 3  Raymon Eysenga 26'
0 - 4  Jan-Hein Barthel 27'
0 - 5  Edwin Westerink 35'
0 - 6  Kornelis Schuijer 49'
0 - 7  Raymon Eysenga 61'
0 - 8  Dzierżysław Sianowski 75'
0 - 9  Gianni Dainese 79'
Ron Stenberg 12'

Possession

24%
76%
23%
77%

Chance distribution

Home Away
0 11

0 Left attack 5
0 Central attack 0
0 Right attack 5
0 Other 0
0 Special events 1
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20
25
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30
35
0 - 5
40
45
45
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50
55
60
0 - 7
65
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75
0 - 8
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80
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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 weak (low) passable (very high) 14 24 4/20 6/20
Attack weak (very low) weak (very high) 13 16 4/20 4/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
Style of play neutral 100% offensive

Average ratings

Total player experience weak (very high) weak (high) 16 15 4/20 4/20
Average midfield poor (very low) solid (low) 9 26 3/20 7/20
Average defense poor (very high) formidable (high) 12 35 3/20 9/20
Average attack wretched (high) weak (low) 7 14 2/20 4/20
Total average poor (very low) solid (very low) 9 25 3/20 7/20

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