40043 fans braved the pouring rain at Stefan Iordache
. Nicky Callesen
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by José Vallines
and Ivo Protuđer
Gruiu had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Pradel - Boeris, Strömberg, Le Bourhis - Ballegaard, Reinsperger, Pürheves, Rebecchi, Fanello - Schindler, Hera.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Inter.
The following players had been chosen: Milenov - Bieker, Collot, Zurita - Burcea, Safta, Pârvu, Gutã, Schou - Nehring, Chapari.
The strategy for Inter was to use their ability to press.
After 2 minutes of play, J. Le Bourhis
gave the home team a 1 - 0 lead after an attack coming in from the right.
Gruiu's J. Le Bourhis
had an excellent opportunity after 3 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
The rain made it hard for players like B. Schindler
to show their technical control of the ball on this soggy day.
At this time in the match, Inter were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game.
Gruiu's R. Pradel
left the field after 23 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was C. Pupăzan
The pressing tactics used by Inter were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
Gruiu's F. Strömberg
was shown a yellow card after 31 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
The game was characterised by rough play and many physical challenges on the wet field, but H. Reinsperger
showed great heart and had a good game.
finished off a quick charge from the left of the field by chipping the ball just past the home side's keeper, making the score 1 - 1 34 minutes into the match.
1 - 1 was the halftime score.
Gruiu had most of the ball, with 56 percent of possession.
Gruiu were very close to putting themselves one up after 62 minutes as F. Strömberg
got through on the left, but failing in concentration, he shot the ball wide.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, G. Collot
got himself booked. The manager of Inter was not happy.
After some beautiful movement down the left wing, B. Schindler
scored for Gruiu putting them ahead 2 - 1, after 65 minutes.
As the game started to slip away for Inter, the manager decided to change the tactical approach.
of Gruiu received a yellow card after 67 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Gruiu claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 60 percent.
The most dominating Gruiu player was without a doubt P. Ballegaard
On the other hand, C. Pupăzan
's play was disheartening.
Inter's top performer was clearly A. Nehring
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 2 - 1.