Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 23011 at CUBE Arena
today. Leonty Dobrokhodov
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Gorun Hogas
and Daniel Brandt
the_shvilies started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Engel - Gamlieli, Ozeri, Egozi, Williams - Asayag, Eldad, Boucai, Rozen - Maimon, Zeytuni.
hapoel had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
Starters: Dunsky - Vranckx, Beren, Gatos, Pohjolainen - Zimbalist, Melappioni, Rastas, Klanglund - Casolari, Guerinoni.
the_shvilies mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
The strategy for hapoel was to use their ability to press.
hapoel had to make a substitution after 33 minutes. A. Melappioni
limped off the field and was replaced by G. Santos
Central attacks were the recipe of the day for the_shvilies, as they moved the ball from the wings to the middle with startling regularity.
40 minutes in, the_shvilies's K. Rozen
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
After 41 minutes, J. Vranckx
sent the corner kick right to A. Pohjolainen
who headed it sharply past the keeper. 0 - 1!
got a fingertip on P. Guerinoni
's shot from the left 42 minutes in, and managed to keep the visitors from going up another goal.
0 - 1 was the score after the first half.
the_shvilies enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
Had it not been for one of the home defenders, A. Pohjolainen
would have put hapoel up another goal 62 minutes into the match with his audacious lob from the right wing.
Some fine movement on the left led to a hapoel goal after 79 minutes, making it 0 - 2. A. Casolari
was noted down as the scorer.
By now, the players in hapoel felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
After 83 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed J. Vranckx
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 3.
hapoel had most of the ball, with 53 percent of possession.
the_shvilies's best player was N. Egozi
turned in a dismal performance, however.
hapoel's top performer was clearly J. Vranckx
However, A. Pohjolainen
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 0 - 3.