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Clouds darkened the skies at El Torro Arena as 117838 spectators turned up for the match. was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Vladimir Khitev and Anders Hjortgren. Cyprus started off with a 3-5-2 lineup. Starters: Fintanatos - Mpoutzoukas, Kouikaras, Valaouras - Mpenakis, Kontofakas, Schendel, Ward-Booth, Kısmet - Golcü, Moreland.

Saudi Arabia tactics involved an interesting 4-5-1 combination. They fielded: Abu-Ibrahim - Darwish, Rahman, Musa, Darwish - Ibn-Shafiq, Khattab, Nasrabadhi, Ibn-Seif, Ibn-Jamal - Husayn.

Saudi Arabia used their solid skill at pressing to cut off the attack angles of their opponents all over the field. A well placed corner kick from Yazid Rahman was followed by Khalil Khattab's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Saudi Arabia, the score now 0 - 1. 0 - 1 was the halftime score. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Cyprus, with 51 percent of the ball.

With 60 minutes played, the Cyprus coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. Muzaffer Murat Alas came on, Charlie Moreland had to leave the fray. After 71 minutes, Saudi Arabia's lack of experience resulted in the team's loss of their edge at the end of the game. Saudi Arabia's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave Khalil Khattab from Saudi Arabia a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 76 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! Cyprus enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 51 percent of possession.

Cyprus's top performer was clearly Keykan Golcü. On the other hand, Panteleimon Valaouras's play was disheartening. Ahmad Husayn performed admirably for Saudi Arabia. Ebrahim Ibn-Shafiq turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 0 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield supernatural (very low) world class (very low) 53 49 14/20 13/20
Right defence supernatural (very low) mythical (low) 53 66 14/20 17/20
Central defence world class (low) titanic (low) 50 58 13/20 15/20
Left defence world class (high) mythical (very high) 51 68 13/20 17/20
Right attack extra-terrestrial (very high) weak (very high) 64 16 16/20 4/20
Central attack formidable (very high) inadequate (low) 36 18 9/20 5/20
Left attack mythical (high) weak (very high) 67 16 17/20 4/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (high) outstanding (very low) 39 37 10/20 10/20
Attack excellent (very low) solid (very high) 29 28 8/20 7/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Pressing
Tactic skill (no tactic) solid (no tactic) 7 7/20
 

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Highlights

0 - 1  Khalil Khattab 28'
1 booking accumulated Khalil Khattab 76'
Substitution Out  Charlie Moreland
In  Muzaffer Murat Alas
Defensive To  Towards Wing
60'

Possession

51%
49%
51%
49%

Chance distribution

Home Away
4 7

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

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Indirect set pieces

Defence outstanding (high) outstanding (very low) 39 37 10/20 10/20
Attack excellent (very low) solid (very high) 29 28 8/20 7/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Pressing
Tactic skill (no tactic) solid (no tactic) 7 7/20

Average ratings

Total player experience magical (high) supernatural (low) 71 54 18/20 14/20
Average midfield supernatural (very low) world class (very low) 53 49 14/20 13/20
Average defence world class (very high) extra-terrestrial (very high) 52 64 13/20 16/20
Average attack supernatural (very high) inadequate (very low) 56 17 14/20 5/20
Total average supernatural (low) brilliant (high) 54 43 14/20 11/20

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