Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 13870 to E.C Speranta V.P Arena
. Ryszard Klimek
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by John Fogelbeck
and Claudiu Grigore
Speranta had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
They fielded: Nazaré - Thrane, Matras, Castro Fernandes, Kiera - Solomie, Ferreira, Polić-Kamov, Kalmy - Berg, Kausich.
mangalia tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Jagla - Šiler, Letina, Telak, Carpen - Tavolaro, Konowrocki, Van Slycken, Răican - Ghiocel, Indermühle.
mangalia decided to play creatively.
The Speranta free kick 5 minutes into the match seemed wasted, as the shot was both short and off target. But was this actually a plan? The ball landed at the feet of A. Kausich
, who was completely unmarked in the box. That's 1 - 0!
After 29 minutes a well-practised indirect free kick routine by Speranta was easily anticipated by the defenders. The players forward were so well marked, they were left with few viable options.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. C. Kalmy
squirmed through their central defence after 31 minutes, increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
Speranta solidified their lead at the 38 minute mark, as G. Berg
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 3 - 0.
3 - 0 was the halftime score.
Speranta had most of the ball, with 52 percent of possession.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Speranta's A. Kausich
increasing the lead to 4 - 0.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Speranta lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
of mangalia was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
mangalia had to make a substitution after 66 minutes. C. Răican
limped off the field and was replaced by Ş. Aldea
fired a shot from distance after 68 minutes, but the long shot couldn't find the net for mangalia.
Good work by the Speranta defensive line after 69 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found R. Kiera
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
Neither team was controlling the possession at this point in the match, with the stats showing a 50:50 split.
The most dominating Speranta player was without a doubt A. Kausich
turned in a dismal performance, however.
mangalia's best player was L. Ghiocel
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 4 - 0.