Clouds darkened the skies at "hájenský peklo"
as 46661 spectators turned up for the match. Anders Jansson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Martin Kunert
and Corneli Alonso
cheb decided to use a 4-5-1 set up.
They fielded: Bojarskis - Erbes, Corbeau, Merland, Budberg - Filianoti, Buono, Honců, Pedersen, Fazio - Bragato.
A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Olympique.
Starters: Guyon - Mihovski, Voldán, Eğilmez, Salakka, Mokroš - Brukner, Sârbu, Cañahuille, Rosblom - Blondel.
It was an obvious ambition of cheb to use their ability at attacking on the flanks.
For their match strategy, Olympique had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Good work by the Olympique defensive line after 14 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found A. Mihovski
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of Olympique's A. Mihovski
after 17 minutes. He converted a pass from the left for a goal, resulting in the visitors taking the 0 - 1 lead.
After 27 minutes, T. Filianoti
got through on the right and was very close to equalising for the home side, but didn't get the shot away.
Coming in from the right, Olympique had a good opportunity to convert on a counterattack after 28 minutes, but K. Rosblom
's attempt to finish was easily stopped.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1.
cheb had most of the ball, with 61 percent of possession.
wanted to play on, but the Olympique coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 56 minutes into the game by V. Röksä
The head of M. Erbes
connected with a corner kick after 56 minutes, and the ball ended up with G. Bragato
of cheb who blasted the ball into the net, making the score 1 - 1.
After 62 minutes Olympique's R. Voldán
contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game.
70 minutes into the game, cheb wanted to bring some new energy to their game. G. Bragato
gave P. Skovgaard Hansen
a quick hug as he left the field.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave P. Skovgaard Hansen
from cheb a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 74 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
After 76 minutes, the Olympique coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving R. Voldán
off the field. D. Fabre
took his place.
80 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a cheb substitution. J. Mantzke
came on for J. Merland
became the new cheb captain.
Many thought M. Honců
ought to have been awarded a penalty 84 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around M. Guyon
after a determined run through the middle.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by cheb, with 60 percent of the ball.
P. Skovgaard Hansen
performed admirably for cheb.
was a disappointment, however.
Olympique's best player was A. Blondel
However, D. Fabre
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 1.