Philidor Defense, Exchange variation – Standard chess #33

I played a standard chess game as black with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was the Philidor Defense, Exchange variation. As is typical in the Philidor Defense, white inherits a slight central space advantage (e4 vs d6). Of the 2 pawns, e4 is potentially more vulnerable. Would this be something black could take advantage of? Moreover, what factors are most important in an opposite sides castling position? We have just that in this game.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 e5 3. Nf3 exd4 { C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation #3 } 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Bg5 O-O 7. O-O-O Nc6 8. Qd2 Be6 9. Be2 a6 10. h3 Re8 11. g4 b5 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. exd5 Ne5 15. Rhe1 Nxf3 16. Bxf3 Rxe1 17. Qxe1 Be5 18. Kb1 Qf6 19. Rd3 Bxb2 20. g5 Qxg5 21. Kxb2 a5 22. Qc3 Qd8 23. Qc6 Rb8 24. Re3 g6 25. Qc3 b4 26. Qd4 a4 27. h4 h5 28. Be2 Kh7 29. Rf3 Kg8 30. Rg3 Kh7 31. Bd3 Qf8 32. Qf6 Qg7 33. Qxg7+ Kxg7

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