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Dark skies made the crowd of 42297 at arena da morte a little nervous, but the rain held off. Bjoern Oppersdorff was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Corrado Breda and Marlo Perregaux. Lineup: Nilsson - Guia, Habura, Szmajduch - La Petina, Sinurat, Jörg, Pottiez, Al-Mahrooqy - Bargerhuff, Witt.

They fielded: Mendes Pinto - Sequeira Ferreira, Godelaine, Asadollahi - Mota Alves, Imperiale, de Almeida, Bösl, de Carvalho - Gnudi, Lindstedt.

The coaches were in sync today, as both teams lined up in a 3-5-2 formation. After 20 minutes, D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A. secured the 1-0. Kristen Witt, always a physical player, created some space for himself where there used to be a defender and then applied the finish! Coming through the middle António Miguel de Carvalho almost scored the equalizer for VFFC after 21 minutes, but Per-Uno Nilsson made an excellent save, tipping the awkward swerving shot past the post. The home team will be cursing Juuso Lindstedt for weeks; he finished off a great pass from the left, knocking it past the keeper without a problem 32 minutes in. It's anyone's game now! 1 - 1. VFFC took the lead after 34 minutes making the score 1 - 2. The keeper had no chance on Otílio Sequeira Ferreira's fine volley fromleft of the net after a cross from the right. D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A.'s Jason Bargerhuff was shown a yellow card after 36 minutes for slicing down an opponent. After 36 minutes, Otílio Sequeira Ferreira suffered a slight injury to his left calf muscle. However, it was not enough to stop him from continuing the game. 1 - 2 was the halftime score. D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A. set the tempo, maintaining 54 percent of possession.

Jason Bargerhuff charged down the left and had a wonderful opportunity to score the equalizer for D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A., but the shot went well wide of the goal. After 51 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defense allowed Immanuel Godelaine to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 1 - 3. Kristen Witt did everything he could to get one back for the home crowd, but keeper Nuno Mendes Pinto denied him with a spectacular save. Kristen Witt shows no mercy as he runs straight at the VFFC playmaker, then stumbling through the ensuing mess with the ball and scoring for D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A.. That's 2-3 from the power forward, 57 minutes in! With 63 minutes played, VFFC put themselves up 2 - 4 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was Ali Asadollahi. The visitors' Donato Gnudi took advantage of a mix-up between the home side's goalie and center backs 65 minutes into the match. 2 - 5 for VFFC. Maybe Juuso Lindstedt should join the aquatics team instead. He went down dramatically after 68 minutes, crying out with agony as he fell. The referee was not impressed, though, and showed him a yellow for diving. VFFC's Renato de Almeida wanted to play on, but after 70 minutes the decision was made to give Rafał Kotowicz a chance in his place. Nicola Imperiale became the new VFFC captain. Encouraged by their lead, after 76 minutes the VFFC coach asked Nuno Fernando Mota Alves to swap positions with Otílio Sequeira Ferreira. Content with how the game was proceeding, the VFFC coach let Denis Tovt come on for Immanuel Godelaine after 78 minutes. The VFFC players could smell victory in the air. Nuno Fernando Mota Alves wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for Rufino Cristóvão after 81 minutes. Ahead in the game after 86 minutes, VFFC made some tactical adjustments. Rufino Cristóvão and Nicola Imperiale swapped positions. The referee decided to let play continue for an additional 3 beyond the regular 90 minutes. The home side worked hard to get through the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back as Salman Jassim Al-Mahrooqy tried lifting the ball over keeper Nuno Mendes Pinto. Unfortunately, the ball went just over the bar. The referee showed D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A.'s Kristen Witt the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. The match ends 2 - 5. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A. would have 53 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Edwin Jörg performed admirably for D.A.S.&_C.R.I.A.. I can't remember Sidónio Guia ever having a worse night than he just had. Most important VFFC player was Denis Tovt. Speaking of stinking up the place, Nuno Mendes Pinto sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham.

Rating details

Midfield excellent (low) solid (very low) 30 25 8/20 7/20
Right defense passable (high) passable (high) 23 23 6/20 6/20
Central defense outstanding (high) solid (high) 39 27 10/20 7/20
Left defense solid (low) solid (high) 26 27 7/20 7/20
Right attack passable (high) formidable (very high) 23 36 6/20 9/20
Central attack passable (high) outstanding (high) 23 39 6/20 10/20
Left attack inadequate (very high) formidable (very low) 20 33 5/20 9/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (very high) inadequate (very high) 20 20 5/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very low) passable (low) 17 22 5/20 6/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
Style of play neutral 100% offensive
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Kristen Witt 20'
1 - 1  Juuso Lindstedt 32'
1 - 2  Otílio Sequeira Ferreira 34'
1 - 3  Immanuel Godelaine 51'
2 - 3  Kristen Witt 57'
2 - 4  Ali Asadollahi 63'
2 - 5  Donato Gnudi 65'
Jason Bargerhuff 36'
Juuso Lindstedt 68'
Kristen Witt 90' +1
Otílio Sequeira Ferreira 36'
Substitution Out  Renato de Almeida
In  Rafał Kotowicz
70'
Position swap Out  Otílio Sequeira Ferreira
In  Nuno Fernando Mota Alves
76'
Formation Out  Immanuel Godelaine
In  Denis Tovt
Normal To  Defensive
RCD  To  CF
3-5-2  To  2-5-3
78'
Substitution Out  Nuno Fernando Mota Alves
In  Rufino Cristóvão
81'
Position swap Out  Nicola Imperiale
In  Rufino Cristóvão
86'

Possession

54%
46%
53%
47%

Chance distribution

Home Away
7 6

1 Left attack 2
2 Central attack 2
0 Right attack 2
4 Other 0
0 Special events 0
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Average
0
5
10
15
20
1 - 0
25
30
1 - 1
1 - 2
35
Yellow card
Got bruised
40
45
45
50
1 - 3
55
2 - 3
60
2 - 4
65
2 - 5
Yellow card
70
Substitution
75
Substitution
Substitution
80
Substitution
85
Substitution
90
Yellow card
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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) inadequate (very high) 20 20 5/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very low) passable (low) 17 22 5/20 6/20

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 excellent (low) inadequate (very high) 30 20 8/20 5/20
Average midfield excellent (low) solid (very low) 30 25 8/20 7/20
Average defense excellent (very low) solid (low) 29 26 8/20 7/20
Average attack passable (low) formidable (very high) 22 36 6/20 9/20
Total average solid (high) excellent (very low) 27 29 7/20 8/20

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