The 35000 spectators at Lucky Dome
were in for an afternoon of sunshine. Florin Serban
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Chris Drake
and Yannis Sanchez
Porchetta tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
They fielded: Machado - Luttazzi, Koshel, Corvela - Aronson, Frias, De Col, Mancino, Lhommeau - Deuber, Pusa.
goldenboy had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Mincza - Rheden, Enrile, de Sadeleer - bin Hj Azrinuddin, Tranling, Wauters, Wiig, Bignon - Lašek, Labarca.
goldenboy were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
Several players seemed a little dazed by the warm weather, and were repeatedly tricked by the clever and agile R. Deuber
Porchetta fans held their breath as T. Corvela
scampered down the left side. He successfully avoided all challenges and cracked home the shot for 1 - 0!
Porchetta were given a gift! The ref dubiously awarded them a penalty 18 minutes into the match, which was neatly put away by J. Pusa
. 2 - 0 for the home side.
's early cross saw the defenders caught out of position and the alert P. Labarca
was able to pounce and roll the ball past the hapless goalkeeper to score for goldenboy. 2 - 1.
Porchetta increased the lead as F. Lhommeau
struck to make the score 3 - 1 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Porchetta lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
could have put Porchetta up one more, but he fired into the side netting after breaking free on the left after 44 minutes.
3 - 1 was the halftime score.
Porchetta claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 62 percent.
Coming in from the right, goldenboy had a good opportunity to convert on a counterattack after 61 minutes, but H. bin Hj Azrinuddin
's attempt to finish was easily stopped.
After 73 minutes, goldenboy used a short break in the game to take new instructions from their coach.
Unhappy with the result so far in the game, the goldenboy manager used a brief break in play after 75 minutes to give the players new directives.
After 75 minutes, goldenboy switched M. Lašek
with S. Longone
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
of Porchetta received a yellow card after 75 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Porchetta enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 66 percent of possession.
Most important Porchetta player was N. Mancino
turned in a dismal performance, however.
goldenboy's top performer was clearly P. Labarca
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 1.