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A brilliantly sunny day had enticed a crowd of 3134 to CrookOzofs Arena. Ludwig Pfeifer was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Sebastian Mehl and Umberto Catellini. Our studio analysts were correct. CrookOzofs has taken the field in a 3-5-2 alignment. Starters: Jarrett - Hugener, Glendenning, Tierney - Simões, Stott, Tessier, O'Sullivan, Plevin - Traynor, van Hanegem.

Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! The kiwis will go to battle in a 4-3-3 formation. Lineup: Jovanović - Naić, Mezey, Wietecha, Ringelnatz - 宝民 (Baomin), Casadei, Faya'a - Dieu, 恩邦 (Enbang), Baryś.

The kiwis's game plan was to sit back and absorb the pressure, then use their extra-terrestrial ability to break on the counter whenever possible. The game had been going for 19 minutes when Aidan Plevin came in on the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to put away the 1 - 0 goal, giving CrookOzofs the lead. Several players seemed a little dazed by the warm weather, and were repeatedly tricked by the clever and agile Mathieu Dieu. After a play down the right 26 minutes into the match, CrookOzofs's Sjeng van Hanegem unleashed a ferocious shot that smashed into the roof of the net - after going over the crossbar. The kiwis were able to mount several counter-attacks, such as the impressive one 27 minutes in, but Mateusz Wietecha lofted a free kick over the crossbar. Always quick and a menace to his opponents, Benjamim Simões got through after 32 minutes, but the keeper deflected his shot and a defender took care of the rebound. Aidan Plevin could have put CrookOzofs up one more, but he fired into the side netting after breaking free on the left after 34 minutes. 35 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defense had to look on as Emmet Tierney ran straight through, knocking one home to make it 2 - 0 for CrookOzofs. The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0. CrookOzofs did a good job holding on to the ball, with 69 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

A great save by keeper Bogdan Jovanović with 58 minutes gone kept the visitors in the game after Aidan Plevin struck from the left with a real cannonball. The The kiwis players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team. The The kiwis coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change their strategy. CrookOzofs's Ivan Tessier wanted to play on, but after 60 minutes the decision was made to give Lee Butler a chance in his place. With Ivan Tessier no longer on the field, Sjeng van Hanegem was the new set pieces taker. As CrookOzofs's captain went off, he handed the armband to Aidan Plevin. The CrookOzofs coach was happy with the scoreline, but still wanted to change the lineup. After 60 minutes, Henning Loew came on for Paul Traynor. Given a free kick from a ways out after 61 minutes, CrookOzofs sent an arching ball into the penalty box. It was headed clear, but Jackson Stott was waiting just outside the area and fired it home to make it 3 - 0. CrookOzofs put themselves up 4 - 0 when Benjamim Simões broke through on the right, leaving the entire defensive delegation behind him. At this point, it was obvious that the players of CrookOzofs lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. The sunny day didn't make things easy for Salvatore Casadei who wasn't his usual powerful self on the field. The kiwis needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 80 minutes Arkadiusz Baryś made way for Adalmasio Aventuroso. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that CrookOzofs would have 70 percent possession in this half was spot on!

The most outstanding CrookOzofs player was without a doubt Sjeng van Hanegem. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because Henning Loew seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The kiwis's top performer was clearly Mathieu Dieu. Speaking of stinking up the place, Naseem Faya'a sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham. The match ends 4 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield brilliant (high) inadequate (low) 43 18 11/20 5/20
Right defense world class (very high) magnificent (very high) 52 48 13/20 12/20
Central defense supernatural (low) world class (very high) 54 52 14/20 13/20
Left defense magnificent (high) world class (very low) 47 49 12/20 13/20
Right attack magnificent (low) solid (very high) 46 28 12/20 7/20
Central attack formidable (low) outstanding (very high) 34 40 9/20 10/20
Left attack world class (very low) magnificent (very high) 49 48 13/20 12/20
Indirect set pieces
Defense outstanding (high) solid (very high) 39 28 10/20 7/20
Attack excellent (low) passable (very high) 30 24 8/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) extra-terrestrial (no tactic) 16 16/20


1 - 0  Aidan Plevin 19'
2 - 0  Emmet Tierney 35'
3 - 0  Jackson Stott 61'
4 - 0  Benjamim Simões 65'
Formation Mateusz Wietecha

Normal  To  Defensive
4-3-3  To  3-4-3
Behavior Mátyás Mezey

Substitution Out  Ivan Tessier
In  Lee Butler
Formation Out  Paul Traynor
In  Henning Loew
3-5-2  To  4-5-1
Substitution Out  Arkadiusz Baryś
In  Adalmasio Aventuroso
Toward Wing To  Normal



Chance distribution

Home Away
10 1

2 Left attack 0
1 Central attack 0
5 Right attack 0
1 Other 1
1 Special events 0
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Rating details

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 outstanding (high) solid (very high) 39 28 10/20 7/20
Attack excellent (low) passable (very high) 30 24 8/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) extra-terrestrial (no tactic) 16 16/20

Average ratings

Total player experience formidable (low) inadequate (high) 34 19 9/20 5/20
Average midfield brilliant (high) inadequate (low) 43 18 11/20 5/20
Average defense world class (high) world class (low) 51 50 13/20 13/20
Average attack brilliant (high) outstanding (high) 43 39 11/20 10/20
Total average magnificent (low) formidable (very high) 46 36 12/20 9/20


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