Due to an all-day shower, 41175 paying spectators got to see a match on a pitch-turned-bog at Arena Babbaluci
. Henrik Henriksson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Federico Ramos
and Noel Mercer
Trinakria had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Ovvia - Pardo, Maians - Bossi, Massarenti, van der Brande, Tijink, Bisi - Delucchi, Gesmundo, Iova.
HCMT decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
They fielded: Cigala - Paritario, Zitouni, Soininen, Napoletano - Chiezzi Porrini, Tuğra, Rodrigues, Fonte - Salvação, Gunst.
For their match strategy, HCMT had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
L. Chiezzi Porrini
's early cross saw the defenders caught out of position and the alert B. Salvação
was able to pounce and roll the ball past the hapless goalkeeper to score for HCMT. 0 - 1.
Trinakria's G. Massarenti
almost tied things up with 8 minutes played after breaking through on the right, but his shot deflected off the post.
HCMT showed their counterattack skill 9 minutes into the match by breaking through the middle, with R. Zitouni
scoring uncontested for 0 - 2.
, who often relies on his speed, had a rotten day on the drenched grass.
The home side worked hard to get through the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back as D. Iova
tried lifting the ball over keeper L. Cigala
. Unfortunately, the ball went just over the bar.
After 22 minutes, a well-worked counterattack by HCMT on the right presented an easy opportunity in front of the goal that was duly converted by J. Gunst
to make it 0 - 3.
By now, the players in HCMT felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
The referee showed Trinakria's J. Maians
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Due to a severely mistimed tackle, S. Napoletano
of HCMT spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game.
charged down the left and looked sure to score for Trinakria 27 minutes into the game, but his shot went just wide.
0 - 3 was the score after the first half.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Trinakria, with 69 percent of the ball.
The HCMT coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 46 minutes into the game.
In the lead, HCMT adjusted their style of play with 46 minutes gone.
The home team's supporters got excited again when D. Iova
broke through the visitors' central defence and caught their keeper off guard, making it 1 - 3.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, D. Iova
got himself booked. The manager of Trinakria was not happy.
With 69 minutes played, M. Soininen
of HCMT fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
HCMT caught their opponents out with a clever counterattack down the right wing 73 minutes into the match. A. Tuğra
was able to finish off the move - 1 - 4.
When J. Maians
made yet another studs-first tackle after 74 minutes, the referee was obliged to book the Trinakria player for the second time, sending him off the pitch.
M. van der Brande
challenged the visitors' central defence eagerly, producing a good chance 75 minutes into the game as he went for a through ball. But, as so many times before, the guests' defensive efforts got the best of it.
79 minutes into the match, Trinakria's A. Delucchi
collected a ball sent down the right and put it in the back of the net, narrowing the score to 2 - 4.
Trinakria enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 70 percent of possession.
performed admirably for Trinakria.
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The most dominating HCMT player was without a doubt B. Salvação
On the other hand, L. Chiezzi Porrini
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 4.