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20795 spectators had come to kheronaro this cloudy day. Jacinto Pitão was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Raimondo Michod and John Isakov. They fielded: Arastehfar - Shanbezadeh, Hazrati, Hejazi, Gotvand, Eslahi - Shabghareh, Farhadi, Vafi, Yousefi - Rohaninejad.

Lineup: Zane - Fitzmaurice, Eyre, Sherman - Dawe, Healy, Smetherwick, Lewis, Grigg - Connolly, Ogden.

U-20 Iran trundled out to the pitch in a 5-4-1 formation. The visitors, U-20 Northern Ireland, chose to start the game with a 3-5-2 lineup. Hold your ground, U-20 Iran! Hold your ground! A day may come when weak pressing fails, an hour of desperate goals and shattered shin guards, but it is not this day! Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 2 minutes into the match left U-20 Northern Ireland's Lucas Ogden completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors. Hossein Rohaninejad was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper. However, U-20 Iran's Khandan Hejazi managed to get ahold of the rebound and scored to make it 1 - 1. U-20 Iran's ability to press all over the field paid off frequently. 1 - 2 was the score after 11 minutes, when U-20 Northern Ireland's Leo Lewis cut through the central defense and pounded one in. Just a few inches to the right, and the visitors could have had a goal in minute 27. Rob Eyre was overheard by some in the stands blaming either Grebulon or sunspots, depending on their individual loyalties. U-20 Iran were pushed back, and had many dangerous counter-attacks. An impressive one resulted in a free kick 28 minutes into the match, but Hesam Vafi put it just wide. After 30 minutes, the U-20 Northern Ireland players received new instructions from their manager on how to stay in control of the game. It was 1 - 2 at the break. U-20 Northern Ireland did a good job holding on to the ball, with 67 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

The U-20 Northern Ireland coach was happy with the scoreline, but still wanted to change the lineup. After 46 minutes, Sidney Watts came on for Jason Zane. Leo Lewis had put in a good 46 minutes and left the field with a smile on his face due to his team's lead. Stephen Lane was the replacement. The U-20 Northern Ireland players could smell victory in the air. Ben Grigg wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for Ross 'der Metzger' Long after 46 minutes. The U-20 Iran coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change their strategy. Although the whole team were struggling to impress, U-20 Iran's Alireza Shabghareh was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the field after 46 minutes. Fazlollah Fanaei was given a chance to change things around. U-20 Northern Ireland's Lucas Ogden received a ball slotted perfectly through the home side's central defense after 59 minutes, and chipped it past the helpless keeper to increase the lead to 1 - 3. The away fans won't regret traveling for this one! After a short break 60 minutes in, U-20 Northern Ireland seemed to change their tactical approach a bit. The U-20 Northern Ireland free kick 86 minutes into the match seemed wasted, as the shot was both short and off target. But it was no mistake - Liam Connolly seemingly came out of nowhere and had miles of space to control the ball and pick his spot. That's 1 - 4! The referee showed U-20 Iran's Sohrab Hazrati the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. As the match nears its end, the referee deemed it appropriate to add 1 minutes as stoppage time. U-20 Iran were awarded a penalty 89 minutes into the match and Hesam Vafi fired the ball into the net to reduce the deficit. 2 - 4. The match ends 2 - 4. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that U-20 Northern Ireland would have 52 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Afrasiab Arastehfar performed admirably for U-20 Iran. Speaking of stinking up the place, Mohammad Reza Gotvand sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The most outstanding U-20 Northern Ireland player was without a doubt Lucas Ogden. I can't remember Rob Eyre ever having a worse night than he just had.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (very low) wretched (high) 5 7 2/20 2/20
Right defense inadequate (very high) outstanding (very high) 20 40 5/20 10/20
Central defense passable (low) world class (low) 22 50 6/20 13/20
Left defense inadequate (very high) magnificent (very low) 20 45 5/20 12/20
Right attack wretched (very high) passable (very low) 8 21 2/20 6/20
Central attack wretched (low) passable (very high) 6 24 2/20 6/20
Left attack poor (high) weak (very high) 11 16 3/20 4/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense poor (very high) passable (low) 12 22 3/20 6/20
Attack weak (low) weak (very high) 14 16 4/20 4/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Pressing Normal
Tactic skill weak (no tactic) 4 (no tactic) 4/20
Style of play neutral 100% defensive
 

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Highlights

0 - 1  Lucas Ogden 2'
1 - 1  Khandan Hejazi 4'
1 - 2  Leo Lewis 11'
1 - 3  Lucas Ogden 59'
1 - 4  Liam Connolly 86'
2 - 4  Hesam Vafi 89'
Sohrab Hazrati 87'
Formation Brad Smetherwick

MIM  To  RB
3-5-2  To  4-4-2
30'
Substitution Out  Jason Zane
In  Sidney Watts
46'
Substitution Out  Leo Lewis
In  Stephen Lane
46'
Substitution Out  Ben Grigg
In  Ross 'der Metzger' Long
46'
Formation Sohrab Hazrati

RCD  To  RW
5-4-1  To  4-5-1
46'
Substitution Out  Alireza Shabghareh
In  Fazlollah Fanaei
46'
Formation Stephen Lane

LIM  To  LB
4-4-2  To  5-3-2
60'

Possession

33%
67%
48%
52%

Chance distribution

Home Away
6 8

1 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 2
0 Right attack 0
2 Other 4
1 Special events 0

Replays (100 times)

Home Tie Away
1 2 97

0,2 Average goals 3,4

This shows the results of 100 extra simulations of this game.

Replays Breakdown

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Average
0
0 - 1
1 - 1
5
10
1 - 2
15
20
25
30
New behavior
35
40
45
45
Substitution
Substitution
Substitution
New behavior
Substitution
50
55
1 - 3
60
New behavior
65
70
75
80
85
1 - 4
Yellow card
2 - 4
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 poor (very high) passable (low) 12 22 3/20 6/20
Attack weak (low) weak (very high) 14 16 4/20 4/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Pressing Normal
Tactic skill weak (no tactic) 4 (no tactic) 4/20
Style of play neutral 100% defensive

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (very low) poor (very low) 9 9 3/20 3/20
Average midfield wretched (very low) wretched (high) 5 7 2/20 2/20
Average defense passable (very low) magnificent (very low) 21 45 6/20 12/20
Average attack wretched (very high) passable (very low) 8 21 2/20 6/20
Total average poor (high) passable (very high) 11 24 3/20 7/20

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