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France 0 - 0 Kenya

Dark skies made the crowd of 140243 at Stade du 13 juillet a little nervous, but the rain held off. Gigi Lazzara was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and Sami Koskelo. France started off with a 2-5-3 lineup. The following players had been chosen: Gauche - Marie, Pionnier - Berthelon, Coutand, Allard, Charpentier, Pépin - Rochas, Petit, Millot.

Kenya tactics involved an interesting 5-5-0 combination. The following players took the field: Tanui - Mungai, Kosgei, Kwach, Hilali, Okayu - Kebiro, Mathani, Lusweti, Chipende, Muhavi -.

The strategy for Kenya was to use their outstanding ability to press. France's Romain Rochas tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders. Kenya's Kanu Kebiro placed the ball right at his teammate's feet after a corner, but Talib Hilali couldn't finish. Kenya's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle. Kenya's Yusef Okayu was shown a yellow card after 23 minutes for slicing down an opponent. The player down was Sylvain Pépin. The France bench looked worried for a while, but in the end he managed to get up. Kenya's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends. Kenya's Chui 'The Special One' Mathani got himself booked for a foul. 0 - 0 was the score after the first half. Possession in this half belonged to France, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.

46 minutes into the match, the France manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged. The coach of France wanted to try to change things around after 55 minutes, and gave new tactical instructions. France could have put themselves ahead after 64 minutes but Baptiste 'Panoramix' Petit missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right. With the match clock at 65 minutes, France modified their style of play a little bit. After a fine move down the middle Clément 'Tonton' Berthelon nearly gave the home side a goal after 72 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide. Under heavy pressure after 77 minutes, the inexperienced Kenya struggled to maintain their level of play. France made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left Baptiste 'Panoramix' Petit completely alone with keeper Sutaan 'The Grim Reaper' Tanui, who made a spectacular block. 83 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a France substitution. Emmanuel Pagniez came on for Anthony Coutand. Éric 'Le chevalier' Pionnier would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. Maxime 'Wait For It' Combe entered the game for France as the match clock showed 85 minutes. France had most of the ball, with 55 percent of possession.

The most dominating France player was without a doubt Romain Rochas. Sylvain Pépin turned in a dismal performance, however. Sutaan 'The Grim Reaper' Tanui performed admirably for Kenya. Kanu Kebiro was a disappointment, however. The match ends 0 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield formidable (very high) excellent (low) 36 30 9/20 8/20
Right defence brilliant (very low) divine (+2) (low) 41 86 11/20 22/20
Central defence excellent (high) divine (+2) (very high) 31 88 8/20 22/20
Left defence brilliant (low) divine (very high) 42 80 11/20 20/20
Right attack magical (very high) wretched (high) 72 7 18/20 2/20
Central attack mythical (high) wretched (high) 67 7 17/20 2/20
Left attack magnificent (very high) poor (high) 48 11 12/20 3/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence formidable (high) formidable (very high) 35 36 9/20 9/20
Attack solid (very high) inadequate (very high) 28 20 7/20 5/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Pressing
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20
 

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Highlights

1 booking accumulated Yusef Okayu 23'
1 booking accumulated Chui 'The Special One' Mathani 33'
Got bruised Sylvain Pépin 24'
Behaviour Anthony Coutand
Normal  To  Offensive
46'
Behaviour Alexandre Allard
Normal  To  Offensive
55'
Behaviour Quentin Charpentier
Normal  To  Offensive
65'
Substitution Out  Anthony Coutand
In  Emmanuel Pagniez
83'
Substitution Out  Éric 'Le chevalier' Pionnier
In  Maxime 'Wait For It' Combe
85'

Possession

55%
45%
55%
45%

Chance distribution

Home Away
7 2

2 Left attack 0
2 Central attack 1
3 Right attack 0
0 Other 0
0 Special events 1
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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

Defence formidable (high) formidable (very high) 35 36 9/20 9/20
Attack solid (very high) inadequate (very high) 28 20 7/20 5/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Pressing
Tactic skill (no tactic) outstanding (no tactic) 10 10/20

Average ratings

Total player experience titanic (very low) magnificent (very high) 57 48 15/20 12/20
Average midfield formidable (very high) excellent (low) 36 30 9/20 8/20
Average defence outstanding (low) divine (+2) (very low) 38 85 10/20 22/20
Average attack extra-terrestrial (low) poor (very low) 62 9 16/20 3/20
Total average magnificent (very low) brilliant (very low) 45 41 12/20 11/20

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