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Weather conditions were fairly good for soccer, and The Arena of Christ saw a turnout of 59975. Hans Andreasson was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Liam Håkansson and Kazimierz Bauza. Starters: Ebenhöch - Lewicki, Lamac' - Oberreiter, Amkreutz, Oropeza, Pham, Somoza - Dimanche, Anh Triết, Ramseyer.

They fielded: Di Tomasso - Văn Ngọc, Kompany, Như Thành, Thái Long - Xuân Cường, Chí Tài, Quyền, Hùng Cường, Rey - Bá Quát.

Sion.F.C fielded a 2-5-3 lineup. For Hai Phong Ladykillah, the formation of choice was a 4-5-1. Using their divine counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Hai Phong today. Gaudenz Ramseyer gave Sion.F.C the 1 - 0 lead, as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then placed the ball at the keeper's right post – what a clinical finish! Sion.F.C's Horace Pham had an excellent opportunity 3 minutes in, shooting after bringing down a ball from the right, but he missed the goal by miles! A great save by keeper Francesco Di Tomasso with 15 minutes gone kept the visitors in the game after Sergio Oropeza struck from the left with a real cannonball. A well-executed free kick by Vasil' Lamac' after 19 minutes made it 2 - 0 for Sion.F.C. After 35 minutes, Sion.F.C attempted an attack but had to cede the ball in frustration. They could not find their way through the mighty Nguyễn 'Túy' Quyền, who acted as an effective roadblock on Hai Phong's defensive midfield. The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Sion.F.C would have 70 percent possession in this half was spot on!

The bench was restless, and with 66 minutes gone Hai Phong's coach gave Avelino 'Didier' Córdoba the opportunity to try to change the team's fortunes. Trần Bá Quát reluctantly left the field. Hai Phong's defense sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counter-attack with 70 minutes gone, but Ricardo Rey's finish was met by the firm hands of the keeper. Coming in from the right, Châu Đặng Anh Triết almost managed to score another goal for Sion.F.C, but his header was kept out by the lightning fast reflexes of the visiting keeper. Benjamin Dimanche had a fantastic opportunity to put Sion.F.C up another goal 73 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar. A counter-attack by Hai Phong after 74 minutes could have resulted in a goal, but Vũ Như Thành, coming in on the left, waited too long to shoot. After 76 minutes, Hai Phong substituted Vũ Văn Ngọc for Nguyễn Minh Khai, hoping for a quick impact on the field. Gaudenz Ramseyer was not content with his team's lead, and tried to extend it 76 minutes into the game after a nice run through the middle, but his shot went wide. Good work by Hai Phong's defensive line after 77 minutes produced a good counter-attack chance, one of which cut elegantly down the middle of the field and found Vũ Như Thành alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide. Nguyễn Xuân Cường was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper. However, Hai Phong's Đặng Thái Long managed to get ahold of the rebound and scored to make it 2 - 1. 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, Sion.F.C's Dirck Oberreiter finally got himself booked for a foul. Despite hurting his right foot at the 81 minute mark, Nguyễn Hùng Cường decided to keep playing. Gaudenz Ramseyer let loose a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide. Hai Phong mounted an inspired counter-attack down the right wing after 83 minutes, but Nguyễn 'Túy' Quyền was unable to convert from short range. It was announced by the fourth official that he estimated stoppage time to be around 2 minutes. This meant there could still be an extra attack or two left in the match! The match ends 2 - 1. Sion.F.C did a good job holding on to the ball, with 70 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

Sion.F.C's top performer was clearly Horace Pham. I can't remember Vasil' Lamac' ever having a worse night than he just had. Avelino 'Didier' Córdoba performed admirably for Hai Phong. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Vincent Kompany today.

Rating details

Midfield titanic (very low) passable (very high) 57 24 15/20 6/20
Right defense outstanding (high) mythical (very low) 39 65 10/20 17/20
Central defense magnificent (very high) extra-terrestrial (low) 48 62 12/20 16/20
Left defense solid (very high) supernatural (very low) 28 53 7/20 14/20
Right attack excellent (very high) world class (high) 32 51 8/20 13/20
Central attack world class (very low) formidable (high) 49 35 13/20 9/20
Left attack outstanding (low) titanic (high) 38 59 10/20 15/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense formidable (low) outstanding (very high) 34 40 9/20 10/20
Attack solid (very high) solid (very low) 28 25 7/20 7/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) divine (no tactic) 20 20/20
Style of play neutral 100% offensive


1 - 0  Gaudenz Ramseyer 2'
2 - 0  Vasil' Lamac' 19'
2 - 1  Đặng Thái Long 78'
Dirck Oberreiter 81'
Nguyễn Hùng Cường 81'
Substitution Out  Trần Bá Quát
In  Avelino 'Didier' Córdoba
Substitution Out  Vũ Văn Ngọc
In  Nguyễn Minh Khai
Defensive To  Offensive



Chance distribution

Home Away
9 5

1 Left attack 1
3 Central attack 2
3 Right attack 1
2 Other 0
0 Special events 1
1 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 1
Yellow card
Got bruised

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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 formidable (low) outstanding (very high) 34 40 9/20 10/20
Attack solid (very high) solid (very low) 28 25 7/20 7/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) divine (no tactic) 20 20/20
Style of play neutral 100% offensive

Average ratings

Total player experience passable (very high) magnificent (high) 24 47 6/20 12/20
Average midfield titanic (very low) passable (very high) 57 24 15/20 6/20
Average defense outstanding (low) titanic (very high) 38 60 10/20 15/20
Average attack outstanding (very high) magnificent (very high) 40 48 10/20 12/20
Total average magnificent (very low) brilliant (very high) 45 44 12/20 11/20


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