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Benin 3 - 3 Cyprus

It had rained all day, but 119396 hardy fans still made it out to Toutourium. was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Aleksandar Belić and Janne Välimäki. Benin started off with a 5-3-2 lineup. The following players took the field: Amoussou - Suka, Osho, Ahoueya, Ahouéya, Boni - Moussoro, Kouandété, Gaspoz - Gaspoz, Kidjo.

Cyprus decided to use a 2-5-3 set up. The following players had been chosen: Fintanatos - Valaouras, Mpoutzoukas - Koroneos, Schendel, Pantaleon, Kontofakas, Mpenakis - Papoutsis, Golcü, Alas.

Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Benin on this day, taking advantage of their divine level with that tactic. The rain made it hard for players like Keykan Golcü to show their technical control of the ball on this soggy day. With the clock showing 14 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Benin resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by Adegoke Gaspoz in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave Chidumaga Kidjo from Benin a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 25 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! Benin's Ndubueze Suka got himself booked for a foul. Dimitris Koroneos came close to putting the visiting team one up 30 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but Ugochukwu Amoussou managed to tip the ball to a corner. Cyprus's Aggelos Papoutsis had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 34 minutes having been played. Charlie Moreland was the replacement. 40 minutes into the match, Cyprus's Dimitris Koroneos demonstrated his famed speed as he raced past his marker and passed the ball to Muzaffer Murat Alas who chipped it in for 0 - 1. 42 minutes into the match, the technically gifted Keykan Golcü of Cyprus scored 0 - 2, having made Jonas Kouandété look like a complete fool. With 44 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Benin resulted in a counterattack that set Maurice Osho free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save. Dimitris Koroneos was, after 44 minutes, almost able to extend the visitors' lead with a well placed diving header after the ball had looped into the centre, but the home side's keeper Ugochukwu Amoussou made the save. Halftime score was 0 - 2. Cyprus claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 80 percent.

Maurice Osho was in the clear after breaking the offside trap following a Benin counterattack from the left after 59 minutes. His neat finish made the score 1 - 2. Jonas Kouandété sailed high above the opponents as he headed in a corner kick from Ndubueze Suka after 61 minutes of play, making the score 2 - 2. Cyprus's goal to make the score 2 - 3 came via a questionable penalty, but Panteleimon Valaouras struck it home without a second thought. The home crowd cheered when, after 68 minutes, Abel Schendel's charge up the middle resulted in the keeper making one of his best saves of the day. Benin caught their opponents out with a clever counterattack down the right wing 69 minutes into the match. Adegoke Gaspoz was able to finish off the move - 3 - 3. The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief when Abel Schendel was unable to put the ball in the net after his show of skill down the left 75 minutes into the match. He was seen beating the pitch in frustration at missing such a good chance to give his team the lead! With the scoreboard clock showing 76 minutes, the inexperienced Benin team fell into disarray. Jonas Kouandété would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. Ade Wassiou entered the game for Benin as the match clock showed 88 minutes. As the 89 minute mark approached, the Benin coach decided it was time for a substitution. Ugochukwu Amoussou reluctantly made way for Chinedum Suka on the pitch. Cyprus enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 76 percent of possession.

Benin's top performer was clearly Adegoke Gaspoz. Ndubueze Suka turned in a dismal performance, however. Keykan Golcü performed admirably for Cyprus. On the other hand, Dimitris Koroneos's play was disheartening. The match ends 3 - 3.

Rating details

Midfield poor (very high) magnificent (very low) 12 45 3/20 12/20
Right defence divine (+1) (very low) outstanding (very low) 81 37 21/20 10/20
Central defence divine (very high) brilliant (low) 80 42 20/20 11/20
Left defence divine (very high) formidable (very high) 80 36 20/20 9/20
Right attack world class (high) excellent (very low) 51 29 13/20 8/20
Central attack inadequate (high) titanic (low) 19 58 5/20 15/20
Left attack titanic (high) extra-terrestrial (very high) 59 64 15/20 16/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (very low) formidable (very high) 37 36 10/20 9/20
Attack passable (very high) excellent (high) 24 31 6/20 8/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Normal
Tactic skill divine (no tactic) 20 (no tactic) 20/20

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Chance distribution

Home Away
5 12

1 Left attack 3
2 Central attack 4
1 Right attack 1
0 Other 2
1 Special events 2
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Indirect set pieces

Defence outstanding (very low) formidable (very high) 37 36 10/20 9/20
Attack passable (very high) excellent (high) 24 31 6/20 8/20


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

Average ratings

Total player experience titanic (very low) magical (high) 57 71 15/20 18/20
Average midfield poor (very high) magnificent (very low) 12 45 3/20 12/20
Average defence divine (very high) outstanding (low) 80 38 20/20 10/20
Average attack brilliant (high) world class (low) 43 50 11/20 13/20
Total average magnificent (very low) brilliant (very high) 45 44 12/20 12/20


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