Clear skies welcomed the 38430 spectators who had made their way to La Bombonera
. Olexiy Nepiypyvo
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Viorel Gheba
and Sigurd Ølholm
Brandelli had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Puyol - Marino, Rademacher, Barth - Zwier, Petrangeli, Kolyvanov, Asara, Iachelini - Villabol, Cappelletto.
Hofer started off with a 2-5-3 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Carsughi - Petrone, Marsili - Tarvonen, Cotugno, Claps, Marrani, Quitarrà - Brizuela, Erb, Mora.
Brandelli made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left A. Cappelletto
completely alone with keeper D. Carsughi
, who made a spectacular block.
With 26 minutes gone, Hofer had a free kick in a decent position. Despite this being a great chance for a shot, they tried a cheeky move intended to bypass the defence. However, J. Brizuela
did not manage to connect with it cleanly and the ball went out.
28 minutes had elapsed when a great chance for Brandelli to take the lead after a good cross from the right found E. Petrangeli
alone with the keeper, but he chipped it to the wrong side of the post.
The referee showed Hofer's A. Quitarrà
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
With 33 minutes played, the excellent ball from the wing by Brandelli's D. Iachelini
reached A. Villabol
's head, and he is not one to miss such an opportunity - 1 - 0.
Hofer tied it all up, 36 minutes in, after a spectacular goal by T. Erb
, who miraculously broke through the home side's central defence, making it 1 - 1.
1 - 2 was the score with 38 minutes played, after M. Claps
cut through the central defence and chipped home a goal for Hofer.
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Brandelli's T. Rademacher
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 38 minutes. S. Zwieb
was given a chance to change things around.
became the new Brandelli captain.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 2.
Brandelli had most of the ball, with 55 percent of possession.
With 47 minutes having been played, Brandelli scored to make it 2 - 2. A dribble down the left wing, followed by a shot which took a wicked bounce off a defender resulted in the keeper having no chance. Everyone thought it'd been an own goal, but S. Barth
was marked down as the scorer.
The visitors' central defence should have had no trouble clearing the pass to N. Kolyvanov
, but the Brandelli player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead. 3 - 2!
After 65 minutes, the visitors levelled the scores after G. Cotugno
made it through the middle and struck home to make it 3 - 3.
Hofer took the lead after 69 minutes making the score 3 - 4. P. Mora
placed the ball out of reach for the home side's keeper after a fine move, coming in from the left.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Brandelli, with 56 percent of the ball.
Brandelli's best player was A. Cappelletto
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Hofer's top performer was clearly P. Mora
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 3 - 4.