Due to an all-day shower, 13772 paying spectators got to see a match on a pitch-turned-bog at MotorSport Arena
. Robert Eriksson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Fergus Melhuish
and Rayum Polderman
A 5-2-3 alignment was the formation of choice for MotorSport.
The following players had been chosen: Belei - Cola, Kamoltip, Luisi, van Ekeris, Hafele - Druzhkov, Fiandino - Hielckert, Cordoş, Ştefănescu.
U-Cluj decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players took the field: Oláh - Stecki, Celadin, Hobson - Harangi, Zaharia, Berggreen, Holešinský, Mălan - Irimie, Jalbă.
MotorSport clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
came close to putting the visiting team one up 12 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but C. Belei
managed to tip the ball to a corner.
U-Cluj had several good opportunities to take the lead, especially 25 minutes in when M. Jalbă
came up alone against C. Belei
who managed a block.
MotorSport's counterattack was impressive and was only stopped by a shocking foul. Somehow, the referee's cards remained in his pocket - a terrible decision! P. Hafele
's resulting free kick was easily saved by the keeper.
U-Cluj's goal to make the score 0 - 1 came via a questionable penalty, but L. Celadin
struck it home without a second thought.
Had it not been for one of the home defenders, M. Jalbă
would have put U-Cluj up another goal 40 minutes into the match with his audacious lob from the right wing.
After 41 minutes, the defensive line of MotorSport created a counterattack through the middle that gave V. Ştefănescu
a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
0 - 1 was the halftime score.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by U-Cluj, with 63 percent of the ball.
slipped and slithered in the wet grass. His usual rapid runs were nowhere to be seen today.
59 minutes into the game, U-Cluj worked the left side industriously creating several opportunities to add to their lead, but just couldn't apply the finishing touch.
A drive down the left side allowed A. Mălan
to get in close and score another goal for U-Cluj after 74 minutes, taking the score to 0 - 2.
After 78 minutes MotorSport tried to exploit their counterattacking skills, unfortunately, E. Fiandino
's shot sailed wide after his break down the right.
79 minutes into the game a free kick by L. Celadin
found its way through the home side's poorly assembled defensive formation, making U-Cluj's lead 0 - 3.
U-Cluj had most of the ball, with 63 percent of possession.
performed admirably for MotorSport.
However, C. Belei
made a disastrous appearance.
U-Cluj's best player was B. Oláh
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 0 - 3.