A scorching day at Arxagelloi Arena
, where 49979 spectators were in place for today's match. Thimo Zweers
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Mikael Olofsson
and Steffen Hosp
The derby had been the talk of Attiki
all week and fans of both teams could be seen throughout the stadium.
Arxagelloi started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Brem - Spaggiari, Zubiría, Sandkrug - De Fazio, Kazantzidis, Limperoyiannis, Mpantes, Martin - Duţu, Godói Silva.
LIOMES decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
Starters: Sarayköy - Baert, Sønksen, Imbotas, Rumie - Fernández Linares, Hagg, Hakamäki, Šišma - Kazantzis, Stuttenborn.
Arxagelloi clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle.
LIOMES were relying on their ability to counter-attack.
Making his way up the middle 20 minutes into the match, T. Mpantes
almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert V. Sarayköy
blocked it to keep the score level.
It was a hot and sunny day, and several players seemed worn out. Maybe this was why E. Imbotas
found an unusual amount of space for his snappy footwork.
Arxagelloi players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead.
LIOMES bypassed the midfield with their counterattack, leading to a free kick goal by S. Hagg
for 0 - 1.
31 minutes in, Arxagelloi's S. De Fazio
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
A handball in the penalty area gave the home team a penalty 35 minutes into the match, and F. Sandkrug
was able to score, taking the scoreline to 1 - 1.
The most controversial moment of the game was likely the penalty given after 37 minutes. LIOMES's S. Hagg
kept his concentration, despite the upset crowd, and calmly put the ball past the keeper to make the score 1 - 2.
Arxagelloi had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks.
was first to reach a ball launched long through the center from LIOMES's defence 39 minutes into the game. He managed to keep his cool and beat the goalkeeper to make the score 1 - 3.
of Arxagelloi was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
1 - 3 was the score after the first half.
Arxagelloi claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 66 percent.
LIOMES played a good counterattacking move down the left 60 minutes into the match, with R. Šišma
finishing well for 1 - 4.
Arxagelloi had most of the ball, with 68 percent of possession.
performed admirably for Arxagelloi.
On the other hand, S. Martin
's play was disheartening.
The most dominating LIOMES player was without a doubt A. Sønksen
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 1 - 4.