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The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 15000 had shown up at Beueler Schanze for the match. was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and Nikolay Mihaylov. Our studio analysts were correct. Combahn has taken the field in a 5-3-2 alignment. They fielded: Zeman - Maderbacher, Scherhaufer, Sander, Querhammer, Raul - Pollmann, Jensterle, Gehlhaar - Kronsbein, Bransky.

Cry "havoc" and let loose the dogs of war! Neustadt will go to battle in a 3-5-2 formation. The following players had been selected: Rakitov - Ziegele, Andreas, Cedeño - Bitorajac, Korschewitz, Ganbarov, Markreiter, Canitz - Riedmüller, Levenhagen.

A supernatural level of counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Combahn. Using their magical skill, Neustadt pushed their attacks towards the wings. Combahn took the lead 20 minutes in, after Norbert Gehlhaar's awkward, but ultimately successful, shot from the right. 1 - 0. The counter-attacks of Combahn were deadly and 22 minutes into the game, Till Kronsbein controlled a long pass from the right flank and finished to make it 2 - 0. Frank Zeman made a brilliant save 24 minutes into the match, blocking a rocket of a shot from Jan Markreiter on the right hand side. The goal to make it 3 - 0 was scored by Marvin Jensterle with 25 minutes on the clock, following an opportunistic counter-attack down the middle by Combahn. Confident in their lead, Combahn's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it. It was 3 - 0 at the break. Neustadt did a good job holding on to the ball, with 59 percent of possession. We'll be back after these interminable commercial messages.

Combahn put themselves up 4 - 0 when Norbert Gehlhaar broke through on the right, leaving the entire defensive delegation behind him. Combahn's Thorsten Pollmann saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates 72 minutes in. After 75 minutes, a well-worked counter-attack by Combahn on the right gave Zacharias Querhammer an easy opportunity in front of the goal. He duly converted to make it 5 - 0. Attacking on the wings was the theme of the day for Neustadt, and they were successfully passing the ball outside from the middle. Friedrich Levenhagen nearly reduced the lead 76 minutes into the game, but a splendid one-handed save by Frank Zeman put an end to the play coming in from the right flank. 77 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defense had to look on as Rickard Maderbacher ran straight through, knocking one home to make it 6 - 0 for Combahn. Looks like Nate Silver was right again - his prediction that Neustadt would have 55 percent possession in this half was spot on!

Combahn's top performer was clearly Cedric Bransky. Good thing Werner Raul isn't a horse, because he'd surely be sent to the glue factory after that performance. Friedrich Levenhagen performed admirably for Neustadt. You can tell it was nickel beer night yesterday at the local bar because Gabriel Cedeño seemed to stumble all over the pitch. The match ends 6 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield poor (low) weak (low) 10 14 3/20 4/20
Right defense outstanding (high) solid (very high) 39 28 10/20 7/20
Central defense world class (very low) passable (high) 49 23 13/20 6/20
Left defense outstanding (very high) solid (very low) 40 25 10/20 7/20
Right attack passable (low) passable (very high) 22 24 6/20 6/20
Central attack inadequate (low) passable (high) 18 23 5/20 6/20
Left attack passable (low) solid (very low) 22 25 6/20 7/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defense solid (low) solid (low) 26 26 7/20 7/20
Attack solid (low) passable (high) 26 23 7/20 6/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill supernatural magical 14 18 14/20 18/20
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Norbert Gehlhaar 20'
2 - 0  Till Kronsbein 22'
3 - 0  Marvin Jensterle 25'
4 - 0  Norbert Gehlhaar 57'
5 - 0  Zacharias Querhammer 75'
6 - 0  Rickard Maderbacher 77'

Possession

41%
59%
45%
55%

Chance distribution

Home Away
8 5

0 Left attack 0
3 Central attack 2
5 Right attack 3
0 Other 0
0 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 solid (low) solid (low) 26 26 7/20 7/20
Attack solid (low) passable (high) 26 23 7/20 6/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill supernatural magical 14 18 14/20 18/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (very low) weak (high) 9 15 3/20 4/20
Average midfield poor (low) weak (low) 10 14 3/20 4/20
Average defense brilliant (low) solid (very low) 42 25 11/20 7/20
Average attack passable (very low) passable (very high) 21 24 6/20 6/20
Total average passable (very high) passable (very low) 24 21 7/20 6/20

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