A scorching day at Celmaina rāva
, where 71196 spectators were in place for today's match. Norbert Wagener
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Eloy Samuel
and Manuel Rocco
Kubele started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
Starters: Saulītis - Janēns, Jākobsons, Krūmiņš, Riekstiņš - Kaikarys, Paipals, Tauriņš, Brasa - Zariņš, Armanis.
Sven tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
They fielded: Baddou - Hacin, Samuels, Topczewski - Almuíña, Blanchard, Grzelczak, Fazekas, Serewa - Thyrring, Tenzi.
Kubele were relying on their ability to counter-attack.
Sven's F. Serewa
was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the opposition's box - G. Tenzi
managed to volley one of them into the net to make it 0 - 1 after 8 minutes.
's technique was perfect on this sunny day and led to some breathtaking tricks that bamboozled the defence.
Kubele's A. Armanis
almost tied things up with 34 minutes played after breaking through on the right, but his shot deflected off the post.
Kubele 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.
It was 0 - 1 at the break.
Sven had most of the ball, with 57 percent of possession.
Sven came close to extending their lead as B. Thyrring
delivered a low effort on goal from the right after 56 minutes, but the angle was too narrow and the shot went harmlessly into the side netting.
Sven's A. Hacin
was shown a yellow card after 59 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Due to a severely mistimed tackle, I. Kaikarys
of Kubele spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game.
After the ball was lifted in from the left, A. Hacin
was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 67 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration.
With 68 minutes played, a quick exchange of passes on the left wing freed B. Thyrring
of Sven to slip through the defence and score another goal for the visitors. That made the score 0 - 2.
hit the corner kick straight to the keeper, but it was mishandled, giving Sven's G. Tenzi
an easy chance to knock it in for 0 - 3.
After this, you could see that the players of Sven were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
Sven had to manage with a reduced squad after 79 minutes, as T. Grzelczak
got sent off for a needless foul away from the game's action.
Kubele enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 51 percent of possession.
Most important Kubele player was M. Zariņš
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The most dominating Sven player was without a doubt B. Thyrring
On the other hand, A. Hacin
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 0 - 3.