It had rained all day, but 31493 hardy fans still made it out to Ya'ahowu Arena
. Kfir Banay
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Rajko Jovanović
and Booker Turpin
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for UNITED.
The following players had been chosen: Huaynate - Stridell, Sánchez-Bedoya, Reichlin-Meldegg - Cadenas, Deloffre, Hoonhout, Rainer, Ignat - Siahaan, Saelan.
Soluna tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
Lineup: Wadehängen - Merkus, Piccardo, Frohner - Girelli, Yusgiantoro, Kemal, Panjaitan, Arnalich Fernández - Proprentner, Mansyur.
Soluna used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings.
spent most of the time in a heap on the ground today, his normally rapid movement hindered by the slippery pitch.
With 20 minutes played Z. Siahaan
almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide.
At 21 minutes played, A. Stridell
came in from the right with the intention of giving UNITED the lead, but his rocket of a shot rattled the crossbar.
0 - 0 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to UNITED, who controlled the ball 60 percent of the time.
UNITED had a good opportunity to take the lead as Z. Siahaan
came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of P. Wadehängen
66 minutes into the match and the home team took a 1 - 0 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for UNITED was M. Sánchez-Bedoya
was called on to replace Soluna's M. Proprentner
after 78 minutes following a nasty collision.
After 79 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by Z. Siahaan
might have resulted in another goal for UNITED. However, P. Wadehängen
made a spectacular save.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave M. Deloffre
from UNITED a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 86 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by UNITED, with 57 percent of the ball.
UNITED's top performer was clearly D. Hoonhout
was a disappointment, however.
Most important Soluna player was O. Kemal
On the other hand, H. Subroto
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 1 - 0.