Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Zimbrul Central Arena
saw a crowd turnout of 21100. Maic Golay
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Hanspeter Herther
and Remigiusz Dankiewicz
Zimbrul decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Elguero - Rifici, Polica, Haapalahti - Delchambre, Drepanos, Joyau, Dumičić, Langton - Van Gemert, Omenazzo.
Ploiestiului started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
Lineup: Kmita - van Jole, Tafani, Panurin, Paio - Muns, Moulin, Trydal, Skals - Ion, Manta.
Ploiestiului demonstrated their creative tactics on the field.
had a good opportunity to give Ploiestiului the lead as he charged down the right and struck the ball towards the top corner, but the home team's goalkeeper made the save.
Ploiestiului's A. Muns
managed to lose the defenders as he advanced down the right wing and scored, putting the visitors ahead after 15 minutes. 0 - 1.
After a fatal mistake from the away team's right side defence 16 minutes into the match, an alert P. Omenazzo
bagged the ball for Zimbrul, levelling the score to 1 - 1.
At 25 minutes played, A. Rifici
came in from the right with the intention of giving Zimbrul the lead, but his rocket of a shot rattled the crossbar.
1 - 1 was the halftime score.
Ploiestiului enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 51 percent of possession.
behaved like an inexperienced youth player after 51 minutes as he gave the ball away to G. Moulin
. Lucky for him though, there was no goal.
After 52 minutes, Ploiestiului put themselves up 1 - 2, as J. Skals
finished off a strike from the left with a real cannonball of a shot.
The bench was restless, and with 60 minutes passed Zimbrul's coach gave G. Pira
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. R. Polica
reluctantly left the field.
61 minutes into the game, L. Joyau
came close to levelling the score with a dangerous shot from the centre of the area that went just over the bar.
There was concern in the stands when, at the 62 minute mark, Ploiestiului's A. Muns
hit the ground hard, but he refused the attention of the trainer and rejoined his teammates on the pitch.
After 69 minutes, V. Drepanos
made a dash down the middle past the away team's defenders to score the goal that made it 2 - 2.
This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when R. Tafani
slipped through the defence on the right to come up alone against N. Elguero
, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning reflexes.
gave Zimbrul the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 3 - 2
Ploiestiului claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 51 percent.
Most important Zimbrul player was E. Van Gemert
However, N. Elguero
made a disastrous appearance.
Ploiestiului's best player was S. Trydal
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 2.