Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 48122 at Haugesund united Arena
today. Fatih Ayaz
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Diego Mulero
and Helmut Treu
Haugesund tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Sierro - Elbgau, Dolarroga, Haban - Cacchiani, Vrazilianos, Etchegaray, Salmon, Nieradka - Keilhofer, Alfarano.
Maceli started off with a 5-5-0 lineup.
Lineup: Czulak - Anti, Ingelborg, Kremsmüller, Moro, Gay - Vold, Neverdal, Lyng, Martinussen, Pedersen -.
Haugesund clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Maceli.
Central attacks were the recipe of the day for Haugesund, as they moved the ball from the wings to the middle with startling regularity.
The visitors' central defence should have had no trouble clearing the pass to F. Nieradka
, but the Haugesund player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0!
It might be a while before the fans see Maceli's M. Neverdal
again, after he had to leave the field in great distress at the 16 minute mark. He was replaced by J. Mendonça
Haugesund players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Haugesund's V. Alfarano
increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
Haugesund solidified their lead at the 30 minute mark, as O. Cacchiani
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 3 - 0.
34 minutes into the match, Maceli replied and reduced the lead to 3 - 1. S. Gay
scored on a marvellous cross pass coming in from the left.
Cheers filled the stadium as M. Keilhofer
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 4 - 1 to Haugesund.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. V. Alfarano
squirmed through their central defence after 38 minutes, increasing the lead to 5 - 1.
By now, the players in Haugesund felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
Halftime score was 5 - 1.
Haugesund had most of the ball, with 76 percent of possession.
It was obvious that team Haugesund had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
50 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as F. Nieradka
broke through, making the score 6 - 1 for Haugesund.
increased the lead for Haugesund to 7 - 1, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
This third goal completed a hattrick for V. Alfarano
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. D. Etchegaray
squirmed through their central defence after 80 minutes, increasing the lead to 8 - 1.
83 minutes into the game, Ø. Pedersen
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came R. Hopper
After 84 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and H. Haban
gave the Haugesund supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 9 - 1.
could have increased the lead after 85 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
Possession in this half belonged to Haugesund, who controlled the ball 81 percent of the time.
performed admirably for Haugesund.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Most important Maceli player was P. Vold
However, J. Mendonça
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 9 - 1.