21960 spectators had come to Arena Giulesti
this cloudy day. Till Julius Wellerswist
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Erich Troger
and Samuel Kilpatrick
A.F.C. started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Lineup: Zihlmann - Suchanek, Lamalle, Rosales - Kustudić, Lipiäinen, Cailliau, Buffard - Pennoni, Francesi, Hesse.
Universitatea decided to use a 5-4-1 set up.
The following players took the field: Nappi - Kußberger, Adinolfi, Ugrinoski, Edison, Mahjoubi - Videla, Vihavainen, Nievas, García de Segovia - Dryla.
A.F.C. clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle.
24 minutes into the game, A. Rosales
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came P. Talarn
The visitors' central defence should have had no trouble clearing the pass to G. Francesi
, but the A.F.C. player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0!
31 minutes in, A.F.C.'s L. Pennoni
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
One of many good crosses from R. Buffard
on the wing was received and skillfully taken care of by L. Pennoni
, who scored for A.F.C.. 2 - 0
A.F.C.'s G. Francesi
got himself booked for a foul.
Halftime score was 2 - 0.
Universitatea claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 52 percent.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave A. Nievas
from Universitatea a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 55 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Universitatea's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 77 minutes gone, but L. Videla
's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper.
With 80 minutes played, the Universitatea coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. F. Švrlanský
came on, G. Kußberger
had to leave the fray.
Universitatea needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 86 minutes S. Vihavainen
made way for I. Iborra
87 minutes into the game, Universitatea's attack got through on the right, but M. Dryla
couldn't handle the ball and his feeble kick wound up in the keeper's arms.
The bench was restless, and with 89 minutes passed Universitatea's coach gave B. Kvarantan
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. P. Nappi
reluctantly left the field.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Universitatea, with 53 percent of the ball.
The most dominating A.F.C. player was without a doubt G. Lamalle
However, E. Cailliau
made a disastrous appearance.
Universitatea's top performer was clearly G. Adinolfi
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 0.