55000 spectators had come to The Lupu Marcel Arena
this cloudy day. Angelo Ciotti
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Mathieu Hernandez
and Hargin Aldekoa
Hapoel decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Önsal - Rumyantsev, van Cleef, Echezarreta - Størum, Alexandersson, Kakitsis, Fogelbeck, Lobo Filho - Saglovic, Munk.
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Aboudinger.
The following players had been chosen: Stirling - Va'aknin, Tubi, Abud, Gabay - Schmidt, Guidi, Guitton, van Stolberg - Vondel, Trèmol.
They were singing the praises of L. Munk
6 minutes into the match after his speculative chip from the middle of the penalty box found its way over the visitors' keeper to make the score 1 - 0 to Hapoel.
A cross coming in on the right hand side left I. Trèmol
alone in front of the goal after 21 minutes but his shot was woeful.
unleashed a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide.
1 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Possession in this half belonged to Hapoel, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.
The bench was restless, and with 46 minutes passed Aboudinger's coach gave H. Käkelä
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. S. Vondel
reluctantly left the field.
Against a lesser team, Hapoel could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 50 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save.
Aboudinger had a chance to level the score as G. Gabay
suddenly found himself free in the middle of the box with only the keeper to beat, but he misjudged the finish, and only managed to hit the bar.
Aboudinger levelled the score after 84 minutes to make it 1 - 1, as A. van Stolberg
struck home after a fine midfield combination through the centre, which left him completely unmarked.
After a fine move down the middle L. Munk
nearly gave the home side a goal after 85 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide.
Hapoel were very close to putting themselves one up after 89 minutes as R. Saglovic
got through on the left, but failing in concentration, he shot the ball wide.
Hapoel claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 52 percent.
Hapoel's best player was R. Saglovic
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Aboudinger's top performer was clearly I. Trèmol
However, Y. Abud
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 1.