The crowd of 48274 turning up at Santiago Brugnabeu
today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Benedykt Ludian
was the appointed referee.
Deportivo tactics involved an interesting 2-5-3 combination.
They fielded: Festini - Kosterink, Omenazzo - Beem, Ghedin, Gai, Cavallaro, Tavulliese - Castaldo, Pelloni, Scali.
Roccella had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Gotter - Pritoni, Nano, Kopij - Bortuzzo, Crean, Servet, Virgulti, Bearden - Rausseo, Eropkin.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Roccella.
would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. G. Goretti
entered the game for Deportivo as the match clock showed 1 minutes.
, who often relies on his speed, had a rotten day on the drenched grass.
Roccella's D. Bearden
got himself booked for a foul.
They were singing the praises of A. Castaldo
32 minutes into the match after his speculative chip from the middle of the penalty box found its way over the visitors' keeper to make the score 1 - 0 to Deportivo.
The visitors refused to give in and, after 40 minutes, H. Servet
evened things up as he finished off a perfect pass from the right. 1 - 1
A late sliding challenge from D. Bearden
was deemed to be his second yellow card offence by the referee, resulting in him being sent off, and Roccella left a man down.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 1.
Possession in this half belonged to Deportivo, who controlled the ball 65 percent of the time.
Deportivo made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left F. Scali
completely alone with keeper F. Gotter
, who made a spectacular block.
The boggy pitch disrupted the game, especially for technical players like A. Castaldo
Deportivo could have put themselves ahead after 55 minutes but G. Omenazzo
missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right.
After some beautiful movement down the left wing, P. Gai
scored for Deportivo putting them ahead 2 - 1, after 58 minutes.
With 59 minutes played, Deportivo put themselves up 3 - 1 when the visiting defenders lost the ball to F. Scali
, who came up from the left and proceeded to coolly round the keeper and knock the ball home.
With 65 minutes played, the Roccella coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. C. Caserta
came on, A. Eropkin
had to leave the fray.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 70 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. L. Fiordalisi
was the replacement.
After 70 minutes, Roccella switched S. Bortuzzo
with A. Vashchenok
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
As the game started to slip away for Roccella, the manager decided to change the tactical approach.
Roccella's A. Nano
was shown a yellow card after 80 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Deportivo solidified their lead at the 81 minute mark, as L. Fiordalisi
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 4 - 1.
Deportivo enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 61 percent of possession.
Most important Deportivo player was J. Pelloni
However, A. Castaldo
made a disastrous appearance.
Roccella's best player was S. Rausseo
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 4 - 1.