Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 25323 at 50LA Boca imperium
today. Pablo Vespa
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Isto Uusitalo
and Hallvar Toonen
Juniors tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
Lineup: Karajlić - Lazarte, Håkansson, Oriol López - Ricart, Ortolan, Steurer, Kohler, Mangado - Hosa, Coenegracht.
A.C.THIENE had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Neri - Valsecchi, Illiani, Bachiorri - Ribis, Freeman, Boffi, Berni, Salas - Chumbita, Venturin.
knocked one home from a counterattack down the right wing, making the score 0 - 1 after 8 minutes.
The visitors added to their lead 12 minutes into the game, after a sensational penalty kick by A.C.THIENE's M. Salas
slid just past the home keeper. 0 - 2.
By now, the players in A.C.THIENE felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
It took several tries, but Juniors managed to break through on the left after 35 minutes, getting the ball to K. Kohler
who easily reduced the lead to make the score 1 - 2.
1 - 2 was the halftime score.
Juniors enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 55 percent of possession.
A well placed corner kick from M. Salas
was followed by A. Chumbita
's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for A.C.THIENE, the score now 1 - 3.
The A.C.THIENE coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 75 minutes into the game.
After a short break after 80 minutes, A.C.THIENE seemed to change their tactical approach a bit.
Juniors claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 53 percent.
The most dominating Juniors player was without a doubt M. Steurer
However, C. Ricart
made a disastrous appearance.
A.C.THIENE's top performer was clearly S. Boffi
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 1 - 3.