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MSO 5 - 3 Tranquebar

The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 3512 had shown up at MS Park for the match. José Zumista was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Eleazar Insiodo and Göpf Russer. MSO decided to use a 5-2-3 set up. They fielded: Baggio - Bredal, Mcmahan, Soto, Gilsing, Ðukić - Ilonen, Sima - Junseemui, Koppel, Beckmann.

A 4-5-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Tranquebar. Lineup: Patel - Burlić, Vehmas, Henriksen, Chanios - Bokil, Variar, Khokhar, Samal, Bihari - Photiadis.

MSO were relying on their world class ability to counter-attack. The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief when Sudeep Bokil was unable to put the ball in the net after his show of skill down the left 4 minutes into the match. He was seen beating the pitch in frustration at missing such a good chance to give his team the lead! Manoj 'Punjabi Tiger' Prabhu was called on to replace Tranquebar's Zsolt Bihari after 5 minutes following a nasty collision. The Tranquebar free kick 6 minutes into the match seemed wasted, as the shot was both short and off target. But was this actually a plan? The ball landed at the feet of Alekos Photiadis, who was completely unmarked in the box. That's 0 - 1! The goal to make it 1 - 1 was scored by Jorma Ilonen after 18 minutes, following an opportunistic counterattack down the middle by MSO. After 37 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Tranquebar found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate. Slack defending gave MSO a chance to take the lead with 38 minutes played, but Niwat Junseemui's cross from the left flank was fumbled in front of the goal and easily dealt with by the opposition. 39 minutes into the game, MSO had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to weak. It was 1 - 1 at the break. Tranquebar had most of the ball, with 58 percent of possession.

The MSO players spent the break getting a rerun of the team's tactical organisation and regained a solid organisation when the game started again. A review of the gameplan helped Tranquebar get back to a solid organisation when the referee blew his whistle again. Good work by the MSO defensive line after 65 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found Valter Koppel alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide. Having just won a lot of ground following a quick turn of play, MSO were given a free kick at a sharp angle. Rather than going for the direct shot, the defence was bypassed by a few sideways passes, giving Niwat Junseemui the chance to slip through at goal. Nice teamwork! And 2 - 1, 77 minutes into the game. A scuffle developed as players from both sides clashed following a tussle in the centre of the field 80 minutes into the match. After regaining order and consulting his linesman, the referee called MSO's Clifton Mcmahan to one side and produced a red card for the player. A loud groan was heard from the fans of Tranquebar, as Ashfaq Khokhar left the pitch in too much pain to finish the match. Narendra 'Khalifah' Jindal took his place on the field. With Ashfaq Khokhar no longer on the pitch, Manoj 'Punjabi Tiger' Prabhu became the new set pieces taker. 84 minutes into the game, Tranquebar seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a weak level of organisation. Sudeep Bokil sailed high above the opponents as he headed in a corner kick from Manoj 'Punjabi Tiger' Prabhu after 87 minutes of play, making the score 2 - 2. 89 minutes in, MSO appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only inadequate. Possession in this half belonged to Tranquebar, who controlled the ball 64 percent of the time.

After the regular 90 minutes, the agony of extra time followed. During the break, MSO's coach went through the team's tactics yet again, getting them up to solid organisation. The coach gave his players an extra tactical briefing during the break, and after that Tranquebar had solid organisation. Tranquebar's Muthupandi 'Tamil Warrior' Variar got himself booked for a foul. Narottam Samal of Tranquebar was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle. The visitors could have taken the lead from a free kick after 109 minutes, if it wasn't for the jaw-dropping save by Paolo 'Goldenboy' Baggio. 110 minutes into the game, Tranquebar seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to inadequate. The result was still a draw, so the match had to be settled with penalties.

MSO's Juan Manuel Soto made no mistake. Mohit Patel didn't have a chance. 3 - 2. Tranquebar's Manoj 'Punjabi Tiger' Prabhu kept his cool as he faced down Paolo 'Goldenboy' Baggio. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 3 - 3. Oh, the sweet feet of technical Davor Ðukić... His left one gave MSO a lovely goal. 4 - 3. Tranquebar's Narendra 'Khalifah' Jindal didn't look like he was confident as he stepped up, and produced a badly struck penalty - right into the arms of Paolo 'Goldenboy' Baggio. The score remained 4 - 3. MSO's David Gilsing was relaxed as he smoothly put the ball in the net. 5 - 3! Oooh - how unlucky! Tranquebar's Narottam Samal attempt hit the underside of the bar, but rebounded down into the grateful arms of Paolo 'Goldenboy' Baggio. The score stays 5 - 3. A confident Tobias Bredal of MSO put the ball right where he wanted, but Mohit Patel was right there for the save. No goal. Tranquebar's Mohit Patel looked like he knew exactly where he wanted to put the ball, but unfortunately his shot went wide of the left hand post. Still 5 - 3. The most dominating MSO player was without a doubt Paolo 'Goldenboy' Baggio. Arnold Beckmann was a disappointment, however. Tranquebar's best player was Alekos Photiadis. Mohit Patel turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 5 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very low) poor (very high) 9 12 3/20 3/20
Right defence brilliant (low) passable (low) 42 22 11/20 6/20
Central defence brilliant (low) solid (very high) 42 28 11/20 7/20
Left defence brilliant (high) passable (very low) 43 21 11/20 6/20
Right attack poor (very high) poor (very high) 12 12 3/20 3/20
Central attack inadequate (very high) poor (very high) 20 12 5/20 3/20
Left attack inadequate (very low) poor (very high) 17 12 5/20 3/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence excellent (very low) inadequate (high) 29 19 8/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very low) weak (high) 17 15 5/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill world class (no tactic) 13 (no tactic) 13/20



Chance distribution

Home Away
4 13

1 Left attack 3
2 Central attack 2
0 Right attack 5
1 Other 2
0 Special events 1
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence excellent (very low) inadequate (high) 29 19 8/20 5/20
Attack inadequate (very low) weak (high) 17 15 5/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill world class (no tactic) 13 (no tactic) 13/20

Average ratings

Total player experience formidable (low) wretched (very high) 34 8 9/20 2/20
Average midfield poor (very low) poor (very high) 9 12 3/20 3/20
Average defence brilliant (low) passable (very high) 42 24 11/20 6/20
Average attack weak (very high) poor (very high) 16 12 4/20 3/20
Total average passable (low) weak (very high) 22 16 6/20 4/20


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