Clear skies welcomed the 48204 spectators who had made their way to the sinderela
. Batıhan Ferih
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Maximilian Speiser
and Rasmus Olofsson
maccabi had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
Starters: Venialgo - Özgürel, Karasu - Häkänen, Eldar, Livaković, Shteken, Nott - Landa, Kaftan, Ebermann.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Ramat-Gan.
Lineup: Buhalau - Eliyahu, Dorfteich, Inglot - Stancarone, Artuso, Karila, Gardeniers, Varaldi - Graure, Friedrichsruh.
maccabi were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
The wings were the focus of most of Ramat-Gan's attacks today.
After 13 minutes, Ramat-Gan put themselves up 0 - 1, as L. Graure
finished off a strike from the left with a real cannonball of a shot.
After 19 minutes of play, A. Häkänen
equalised for maccabi after an elegant attack from the right.
Ramat-Gan's E. Inglot
got himself booked for a foul.
maccabi had a chance to take the lead after A. Häkänen
's dazzling drive up the left, but the opportunity fizzled out as his shot went just over the bar after 26 minutes.
With 27 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Ramat-Gan resulted in a counterattack that set L. Graure
free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save.
Some good play on the left wing created an opportunity for the visitors 33 minutes into the match, and E. Artuso
wasn't about to let it go by. He got past the defenders and fired a shot that the keeper just missed. 1 - 2 for the visitors.
34 minutes in, maccabi's A. Ebermann
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Ramat-Gan were forced into a substitution as E. Artuso
couldn't continue due to some rough treatment, forcing D. Echaniz
to come in off the bench.
was handed the Ramat-Gan captain's armband.
Ramat-Gan's R. Dorfteich
was shown a yellow card after 37 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Unfortunately for maccabi, P. Landa
was injured when the game became more physical, and he had to leave the field. V. Muguertegui
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 2.
maccabi enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 60 percent of possession.
Always quick on his feet, maccabi's A. Häkänen
sped down the field after 48 minutes, but his pass to V. Muguertegui
was just a bit too far ahead for him to get a good shot off.
The visitors added to their lead 56 minutes into the game, after a sensational penalty kick by Ramat-Gan's E. Gardeniers
slid just past the home keeper. 1 - 3.
Players in maccabi heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
charged down the left and looked sure to score for maccabi 65 minutes into the game, but his shot went just wide.
maccabi supporters cheered as good work down the right got the ball to C. Karasu
who reduced the visitors' lead after 66 minutes to 2 - 3.
maccabi tried to even things up by sending a long ball towards the centrally placed strikers, but the visitors' defence got the best of this rather direct style of play.
After 76 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed R. Dorfteich
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 2 - 4.
maccabi had a brilliant opportunity to reply as A. Häkänen
received a high ball from the right, striking the ball in the air. Only I. Buhalau
's reflexes saved him.
maccabi claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 59 percent.
maccabi's top performer was clearly M. Venialgo
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Ramat-Gan.
However, A. Eliyahu
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 2 - 4.