The 34374 fans in attendance at Victoria Cetate
were roasting in the hot sun. Sergio Maralla
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Adalbert Lahstein
and Pablo Iriarte
STEAUA decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players took the field: Nuţă - Cantoneru, Paím, Stănescu - Igreţ, Niemiec, Trivisonno, Panaite, Kashitsyn - Maior, Pavlakis.
RelioN started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
Lineup: Jadrešin - Ibn-Akil, Bădulescu, Sinkovits - Čaleta, Filimon, Frăsineanu, Rus, van Beuningen - Cambier, Toro.
Pressing was the tactic of the day for STEAUA.
15 minutes into the game, M. Ibn-Akil
had a great chance to put his team ahead, but his kick from the left went wide.
With 20 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. G. Cambier
put the ball away for 0 - 1.
received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 21 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 0 - 2. The RelioN fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early.
RelioN's M. Sinkovits
was shown a yellow card after 22 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
STEAUA's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 2.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by RelioN, with 66 percent of the ball.
After 53 minutes of game time, G. Cambier
had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, clipping a volley hooked in from the right, but A. Nuţă
was in the right place and tipped the ball over for a corner.
The heat made it a terrible day for A. Cantoneru
, who seemed unable to keep up with the other players.
At this time in the match, STEAUA were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game.
After 81 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for G. Čaleta
who increased RelioN's lead to 0 - 3.
By now, the players in RelioN felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
's technique was perfect on this sunny day and led to some breathtaking tricks that bamboozled the defence.
of RelioN took advantage of a mistake on the home side's right after 85 minutes which increased the away team's lead to 0 - 4.
After 86 minutes, an incisive pass through the middle gave G. Čaleta
a chance to increase the lead for RelioN, and he did not disappoint. The score was then 0 - 5.
RelioN enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 72 percent of possession.
STEAUA's top performer was clearly J. Niemiec
On the other hand, A. Cantoneru
's play was disheartening.
Most important RelioN player was J. van Beuningen
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 0 - 5.