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1720 spectators arrived at Estádio das Laranjeiras, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Ignacio Cabanillas was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . Tricolor had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation. The following players had been chosen: Tarawaly - Hodgton, Martin, Ralson, Smithson - Rahim, Rutherford, Sweeney, Adkins, Turner - Lynch.

A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Rochdale. The following players took the field: Krústev - Agrawal, Puay Long, Colbourne, 子楠 (Zinan), Huart - Nisbet, Ashfield, Craner, Ward - Xu.

Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Rochdale on this day, taking advantage of their brilliant level with that tactic. 9 minutes into the game, Rochdale's Rory Ward surprised the visitors with a raking cross-field pass to Bartholomew Nisbet who easily found the back of the net, making the score 0 - 1. After 17 minutes Rochdale tried to exploit their counterattacking skills, unfortunately, Lester Xu's shot sailed wide after his break down the right. 26 minutes in, and Tricolor were able to score the equalising goal to make it 1 - 1 when Boris Martin picked up a pass coming in from the right and chipped it past the away team's keeper. Halftime score was 1 - 1. Possession in this half belonged to Tricolor, who controlled the ball 79 percent of the time.

The home side put themselves ahead 2 - 1 after 64 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from Alex Rutherford, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing. With 66 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Rochdale resulted in a counterattack that set Bartholomew Nisbet free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save. Some things can only be learned through experience, and Alan Sweeney should take his lesson to heart after nearly gifting Rochdale a goal with 78 minutes of the match played. After 82 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by Mark Ralson might have resulted in another goal for Tricolor. However, Ivan Krústev made a spectacular save. 83 minutes into the game, Mark Ralson had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came Chris Sneesby. Tricolor enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 79 percent of possession.

Tricolor's top performer was clearly Conrad Adkins. On the other hand, Shaun Turner's play was disheartening. The most dominating Rochdale player was without a doubt Nitin Agrawal. Rory Ward was a disappointment, however. The match ends 2 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield solid (very low) wretched (high) 25 7 7/20 2/20
Right defence outstanding (high) formidable (high) 39 35 10/20 9/20
Central defence magnificent (high) excellent (very high) 47 32 12/20 8/20
Left defence outstanding (very high) solid (low) 40 26 10/20 7/20
Right attack inadequate (high) weak (low) 19 14 5/20 4/20
Central attack wretched (very high) disastrous (very high) 8 4 2/20 1/20
Left attack inadequate (low) poor (low) 18 10 5/20 3/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence passable (high) solid (very low) 23 25 6/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (very low) 18 21 5/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) brilliant (no tactic) 11 11/20


0 - 1  Bartholomew Nisbet 9'
1 - 1  Boris Martin 26'
2 - 1  Alex Rutherford 64'
Mark Ralson 83'
Substitution Out Mark Ralson
In Chris Sneesby



Chance distribution

Home Away
10 5

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defence passable (high) solid (very low) 23 25 6/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (low) passable (very low) 18 21 5/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) brilliant (no tactic) 11 11/20

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (very high) wretched (very high) 8 8 2/20 2/20
Average midfield solid (very low) wretched (high) 25 7 7/20 2/20
Average defence brilliant (low) excellent (high) 42 31 11/20 8/20
Average attack weak (high) poor (very low) 15 9 4/20 3/20
Total average solid (high) weak (very high) 27 16 7/20 4/20


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