Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 29096 at "CEZY MEMORIAL ARENA"
today. Daniel Gau
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Kunibald Stoeckl
and Daniel Graevenitz
A.S.A. tactics involved an interesting 5-4-1 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Fernández - Halle, Khuda, Gaude, Sørensen, Udvardy - Mejzr, Baehni, Kostenoglou, Toma - Cozma.
Costesti had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Byszewski - Maskalėnas, Haussmann, Deičs - Nogueira, Rigotti, Titwani, Palmieri, Karlsson - Georgescu, Meijer.
Today, A.S.A.'s strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
After 5 minutes a well-practised indirect free kick routine by Costesti was easily anticipated by the defenders. The players forward were so well marked, they were left with few viable options.
31 minutes in, A.S.A.'s G. Gaude
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
The referee showed Costesti's P. Georgescu
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
0 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Neither team was controlling the possession at this point in the match, with the stats showing a 50:50 split.
The cannonball from 35 metres by S. Baehni
of A.S.A. was an impressive sight, but didn't make it into the net.
53 minutes in, the unpredictable L. Mejzr
of A.S.A. turned and curled the ball towards goal, but it flew inches wide of the post, almost taking out a member of the crowd!
With 57 minutes played, Costesti's T. Meijer
missed an opportunity to put his team one up from the penalty spot, later claiming that "the floodlights blinded him".
The game was close to savage at times, and Costesti's P. Georgescu
received a second yellow card after 68 minutes; his ticket out of the game.
A.S.A. took the lead after 71 minutes as a result of E. Sørensen
's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 1 - 0.
Costesti's right side looked dangerous 78 minutes in, but J. Fernández
made a good save on W. Palmieri
's hard shot to the top corner.
Costesti had most of the ball, with 51 percent of possession.
The most dominating A.S.A. player was without a doubt J. Fernández
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Costesti.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 1 - 0.