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Rayo 0 - 0 Barca

39755 spectators arrived at Benedicto "Santo" Estévez, where weather conditions were pretty good for soccer. Stepan Sukhachev was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Daniel Baciu and Leopoldo Bottinelli. Starters: Billoda - Ferriol, Ozores, Gia, Barturen, Mândrilă - Radojević, Mateu, Cumella, Valentín, Specchio -.

The following players had been selected: Baroyan - Niemkiewicz, Graziuso, Maldonado, Farman Ara - Dačkauskas, Romero, Breinbauer, Trochet, Ditlevsen - Lalić.

It was to be a contest between two different football philosophies, since the home team started the game with a 5-5-0 formation while the visitors instead opted for a 4-5-1. Like the adage "bend but don't break", Barca will rely on their world class ability to counter-attack today. Barca had several good opportunities to take the lead, especially 6 minutes in when Goran Lalić found himself alone with Laureano 'Galáctico' Billoda who managed a block. After 22 minutes, Vanja Radojević strained his groin quite severely and had to be helped off the field by the physio. The replacement for the injured player was Leintz Abendibar. A particularly graphic suggestion to the referee describing what he could do with his turkey giblets led to a straight red card for Noa Ditlevsen. With 29 minutes played, Barca's Davar Farman Ara received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. Rayo's Dragoş 'Dragón' Mândrilă refused to leave the field despite hurting his back 30 minutes into the match. After 36 minutes, the defensive line of Barca created a counter-attack through the middle that gave Max Breinbauer a good look at goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. It was 0 - 0 at the break. The Count appeared on the jumbotron and announced that Rayo had 52...52 percent possession. AH AH AH!

Rayo's Juan Carlos 'Batuta' Barturen took a knock to the head after 84 minutes, due to a badly executed header. He looked wobbly for a second, but eventually just laughed it off and continued playing. After 87 minutes, Barca were awarded a free kick as their counter-attack broke down. The set piece fell right at the target man's feet, but he was taken by surprise, having expected his marker to clear the ball out, and made a mess of the finish. As Rayo's Juan Carlos 'Batuta' Barturen took a knock to the head after 89 minutes, the doctor immediately requested a substitution. The player has had a history of head injuries, and the medical team could obviously take no chances with an injury like that. Manuel Gaciastried to hide a smile as he entered the field. He had not expected to get a chance this day. With Juan Carlos 'Batuta' Barturen no longer on the field, Jordi Ferriol was the new set pieces taker. The players were tired, but when the referee announced that there would be 3 minutes of added time, they welcomed the extra opportunity to make an impact. The match ends 0 - 0. Rayo set the tempo, maintaining 52 percent of possession.

Laureano 'Galáctico' Billoda performed admirably for Rayo. Speaking of stinking up the place, Leintz Abendibar sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. Most important Barca player was Goran Lalić. Good thing Edminas Dačkauskas isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance.

Rating details

Midfield solid (high) passable (very high) 27 24 7/20 6/20
Right defense supernatural (very low) magnificent (very high) 53 48 14/20 12/20
Central defense mythical (high) world class (very low) 67 49 17/20 13/20
Left defense supernatural (very high) magnificent (very low) 56 45 14/20 12/20
Right attack weak (very low) solid (very low) 13 25 4/20 7/20
Central attack wretched (low) solid (high) 6 27 2/20 7/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) inadequate (low) 20 18 5/20 5/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense brilliant (very low) brilliant (high) 41 43 11/20 11/20
Attack passable (very high) formidable (very low) 24 33 6/20 9/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) world class (no tactic) 13 13/20
Style of play neutral 100% offensive
 

Possession

52%
48%
52%
48%

Chance distribution

Home Away
7 7

1 Left attack 1
4 Central attack 3
2 Right attack 2
0 Other 1
0 Special events 0
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Average
0
5
10
15
20
Got injured
Substitution
Sent off
25
Yellow card
30
Got bruised
35
40
45
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
80
Got bruised
85
Got injured
Substitution
90
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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 brilliant (very low) brilliant (high) 41 43 11/20 11/20
Attack passable (very high) formidable (very low) 24 33 6/20 9/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) world class (no tactic) 13 13/20
Style of play neutral 100% offensive

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (low) inadequate (very low) 18 17 5/20 5/20
Average midfield solid (high) passable (very high) 27 24 7/20 6/20
Average defense titanic (high) magnificent (very high) 59 48 15/20 12/20
Average attack weak (very low) passable (high) 13 23 4/20 6/20
Total average formidable (very low) excellent (very high) 33 32 9/20 8/20

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