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It was a scorching day at the stadium today. The intense heat made it hard for players relying on strength or speed to shine. On the other hand, it provided perfect conditions for the more technical players. The following players had been selected: Samarasinghe - Randeniya, Wijeratne, Weeraratna - Niresh, Mendis, Prasanna, Tourneux, Weerawansa - Fernando, Vinoth.

Lineup: Aldini - Oben, Rojas - Lal, Martínez Conde, Uverskiy, Chodorov, Petrović - Berraja, Webster, Tapia.

The teams had chosen different formations for the match. The home team, Saigan Tosu, went for a 3-5-2, while Mengo Várzea Chesterton has decided to play a 2-5-3 lineup. Saigan were mostly trying to use their magnificent skill at attacking on the flanks. Today, Chesterton's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks, taking advantage of their extra-terrestrial ability. The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to Muditha Wijeratne, but the Saigan player managed to shrug them off and fire a low shot that 5-holed the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0! Big paper red cards were being held up by the opposing supporters with 7 minutes on the clock after Petar Petrović's mistimed tackle from behind. The referee only showed the Chesterton player a yellow card though. The home team thought they were lucky after a brilliant strike from the right bounced off the crossbar 11 minutes in. Andy Webster was first to react though, and leveled the game at 1 - 1. With 27 minutes played, Hasitha Prasanna came in from the right with the intention of giving Saigan the lead, but his rocket of a shot could only rattle the crossbar. Halftime score was 1 - 1. Chesterton did a good job holding on to the ball, with 56 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

Thierry Rojas gave the visitors the lead 55 minutes into the match to make it 1 - 2. The goal was scored from the penalty spot after a handball inside the box. After 76 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for Andy Webster who increased Chesterton's lead to 1 - 3. With 77 minutes played, Chesterton's Adib Berraja received a yellow card for challenging a play with his cleats first. It was obvious that Chesterton had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle. With 79 minutes played, Chesterton put themselves up 1 - 4 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was Adib Berraja. It was showtime for artist Petar Petrović who demonstrated his technical mastery when he dribbled past Hasitha Prasanna and finished with a goal for Chesterton to bring the scoreline to 1 - 5. Tzuf Chodorov somehow managed to break free of his man on the left wing and only needed a relatively easy finish to bring Chesterton's lead up to 1 - 6. 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 1 - 6. Chesterton set the tempo, maintaining 55 percent of possession.

Most important Saigan player was Hasitha Prasanna. Even six year old fans were wincing at the poor play by Muditha Wijeratne today. The most outstanding Chesterton player was without a doubt Andy Webster. Speaking of stinking up the place, Adib Berraja sure smelled like the bottom of Batman's shoe after a night of crimefighting in Gotham.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (very high) passable (very high) 20 24 5/20 6/20
Right defense inadequate (high) excellent (very high) 19 32 5/20 8/20
Central defense weak (very high) inadequate (very high) 16 20 4/20 5/20
Left defense inadequate (low) excellent (low) 18 30 5/20 8/20
Right attack excellent (low) magnificent (low) 30 46 8/20 12/20
Central attack inadequate (low) solid (high) 18 27 5/20 7/20
Left attack solid (very high) brilliant (low) 28 42 7/20 11/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense inadequate (high) solid (low) 19 26 5/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (very high) 18 24 5/20 6/20
 
Team attitude
Tactic Attack on wings Attack on wings
Tactic skill magnificent extra-terrestrial 12 16 12/20 16/20
Style of play neutral neutral
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Muditha Wijeratne 6'
1 - 1  Andy Webster 11'
1 - 2  Thierry Rojas 55'
1 - 3  Andy Webster 76'
1 - 4  Adib Berraja 79'
1 - 5  Petar Petrović 80'
1 - 6  Tzuf Chodorov 84'
Petar Petrović 7'
Adib Berraja 77'

Possession

44%
56%
45%
55%

Chance distribution

Home Away
4 7

1 Left attack 1
1 Central attack 2
1 Right attack 2
1 Other 1
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Average
0
5
1 - 0
Yellow card
10
1 - 1
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
45
50
55
1 - 2
60
65
70
75
1 - 3
Yellow card
1 - 4
80
1 - 5
1 - 6
85
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 (high) solid (low) 19 26 5/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (very high) 18 24 5/20 6/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude
Tactic Attack on wings Attack on wings
Tactic skill magnificent extra-terrestrial 12 16 12/20 16/20
Style of play neutral neutral

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (very high) solid (low) 12 26 3/20 7/20
Average midfield inadequate (very high) passable (very high) 20 24 5/20 6/20
Average defense inadequate (low) solid (high) 18 27 5/20 7/20
Average attack solid (very low) outstanding (low) 25 38 7/20 10/20
Total average passable (very low) excellent (low) 21 30 6/20 8/20

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