It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 45190 that came out to Emil Alexandrescu
. Óscar Abraão
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Marco Otremba
and Adrian Bulkowski
Poli-Iasi tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Monea - Westerveld, Kostersitz, Goyara - Drzymała, Larnicol, Oargă, Pampa, Lo Bartolo - Silvano, Castillo.
FC-SB had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation.
They fielded: Stănică - Pilipchuk, Pipić, Jury, Martin - Stăiculescu, Chevallier, Verpoucke, Verdin, Grothe - Nistorică.
Poli-Iasi mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
5 minutes into the match and the home team took a 1 - 0 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for Poli-Iasi was J. Silvano
Poli-Iasi managed to extend their lead to 2 - 0 when C. Castillo
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
26 minutes into the game, C. Castillo
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came P. Marinescu
could have increased the lead after 31 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
Poli-Iasi's R. Larnicol
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 32 minutes having been played. A. Pârvu
was the replacement.
The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0.
Poli-Iasi claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 63 percent.
FC-SB's C. Nistorică
was shown a yellow card after 48 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
With 51 minutes played, seemingly due to lack of experience, A. Pârvu
needlessly tripped an opponent just outside the penalty area, but the free kick that followed didn't succeed.
Poli-Iasi's N. Westerveld
increased the lead to 3 - 0, after he saw his shot go between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper following some good play down the right wing after 56 minutes.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Poli-Iasi lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
It was a hot and sunny day, and several players seemed worn out. Maybe this was why H. Verpoucke
found an unusual amount of space for his snappy footwork.
Poli-Iasi's G. Lo Bartolo
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 63 minutes.
66 minutes in, FC-SB's W. Grothe
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as Poli-Iasi scored another to make it 4 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for J. Silvano
after 67 minutes.
A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased the lead of Poli-Iasi to 5 - 0 as J. Silvano
finished it off competently, firing in from an acute angle.
That was his third goal of the match - a hat trick for J. Silvano
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Poli-Iasi, with 65 percent of the ball.
Most important Poli-Iasi player was J. Silvano
However, G. Lo Bartolo
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating FC-SB player was without a doubt B. Verdin
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 5 - 0.