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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 26445 had shown up at Rated R Stadium for the match. Rene Jenshøj was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ed Wisgerhof and Aarre Harmanen. They fielded: Unger - Bembrive, Kormos, Jeger - Prada, Löwenstein, do Carmo Luiz, Catti, Haklberger - Pellkofen, Kreuzahler.

Starters: Herzner - Castellblanch, Nukičić, Seltenhammer - Hornstorf, Nógrádi, Irzyk, Cedilnik, Callado - Ghizilă, Bukovjan.

The teams stopped and stared at each other - it was like they were looking in a mirror, since they both lined up in a 3-5-2 formation. Thunderclap saw most attack opportunities on the wings by using their magnificent ability to push the attack in the right direction. Eike Seltenhammer went down after twisting his left ankle after 27 minutes, and had to leave the pitch. Salaheddine Benjellounetried to hide a smile as he entered the field. He had not expected to get a chance this day. The most controversial moment of the game was likely the penalty given after 30 minutes. Thunderclap's Camilo Callado kept his concentration, despite the jeering crowd, and calmly put the ball past the keeper to make the score 0 - 1. Liberty's Andrea Catti put his head on a fantastic ball lifted in from the left, and scored after 31 minutes to bring the teams level - 1 - 1. Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 32 minutes on the clock after Filibert Nógrádi's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Thunderclap player a yellow card though. It was 1 - 1 at the break. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Liberty would have 59 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Liberty broke through on the left after 62 minutes, with Richard Kreuzahler firing at an impossible angle to give the home side a 2 - 1 lead. It emerged that György Kormos had hurt his left foot after 65 minutes, which led him to abandon the game. The player that took his place was Gustaw Klebaniuk. Nico Haklberger became the new Liberty captain. With 77 minutes played, Liberty's Andrea Catti received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Liberty's Richard Kreuzahler bringing the lead up to 3 - 1. Cheers filled the stadium as Andrea Catti broke through the visitors' central defense to put away the 4 - 1 goal for Liberty. 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 4 - 1. Liberty set the tempo, maintaining 60 percent of possession.

Most important Liberty player was Richard Kreuzahler. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because Gustaw Klebaniuk seemed to stumble all over the pitch. Boštjan Cedilnik performed admirably for Thunderclap. I can't remember Salaheddine Benjelloune ever having a worse night than he just had.

Rating details

Midfield solid (high) inadequate (low) 27 18 7/20 5/20
Right defense formidable (very low) excellent (high) 33 31 9/20 8/20
Central defense excellent (very low) solid (high) 29 27 8/20 7/20
Left defense solid (very low) excellent (high) 25 31 7/20 8/20
Right attack solid (low) inadequate (high) 26 19 7/20 5/20
Central attack formidable (low) passable (very high) 34 24 9/20 6/20
Left attack excellent (low) passable (very high) 30 24 8/20 6/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (very high) solid (very low) 20 25 5/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) inadequate (very high) 18 20 5/20 5/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20
Style of play neutral neutral
 

Possession

59%
41%
60%
40%

Chance distribution

Home Away
7 1

3 Left attack 0
3 Central attack 0
1 Right attack 0
0 Other 1
0 Special events 0
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Average
0
5
10
15
20
25
Got injured
Substitution
30
0 - 1
1 - 1
Yellow card
35
40
45
45
50
55
60
2 - 1
65
Got injured
Substitution
70
75
Yellow card
80
3 - 1
85
4 - 1
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 inadequate (very high) solid (very low) 20 25 5/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) inadequate (very high) 18 20 5/20 5/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Attack on wings
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20
Style of play neutral neutral

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (high) solid (very high) 19 28 5/20 7/20
Average midfield solid (high) inadequate (low) 27 18 7/20 5/20
Average defense excellent (very low) excellent (low) 29 30 8/20 8/20
Average attack excellent (low) passable (low) 30 22 8/20 6/20
Total average excellent (very low) passable (high) 29 23 8/20 6/20

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