The crowd of 24382 turning up at La casa dei picciotti
today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Dave Loiselle
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Matias Hatunen
and Ratilo Kneidinger
Kannawa decided to use a 2-5-3 set up.
They fielded: Feytons - Favero, Hacı - Besina, Myhr, Cittadini, Matyasik, Ericsson - La Massa, Malentacchi, Braham.
REAL tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Pereira - Lindhart, Amici, Bozov - Xhikneli, Slikboer, Coviello, Mikelenić, Paladino - Winnik, Leht.
G. La Massa
was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper. However, Kannawa's F. Malentacchi
managed to get hold of the rebound and tucked the ball into the empty net. 1 - 0
Cheers filled the stadium as F. Malentacchi
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 2 - 0 to Kannawa.
REAL reduced the lead after 21 minutes to 2 - 1 as R. Leht
easily chipped the ball past the home side's keeper after a dazzling play from the right.
REAL tied it all up, 24 minutes in, after a spectacular goal by B. Xhikneli
, who miraculously broke through the home side's central defence, making it 2 - 2.
REAL's D. Amici
gave the visitors a 2 - 3 lead after 25 minutes with a superb strike from the right.
2 - 3 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to REAL, who controlled the ball 57 percent of the time.
The visitors' B. Xhikneli
took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side's goalie and centre backs 50 minutes into the match. 2 - 4 for REAL.
was having a great game - if anything the pouring rain seemed to be spurring him on!
Just a few inches to the right, and the visitors could have had a goal 72 minutes into the match. R. Leht
surely wishes he could do that free kick over again.
did not have a good day today, often losing his footing on the muddy pitch.
REAL claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 59 percent.
The most dominating Kannawa player was without a doubt F. Malentacchi
However, P. Ericsson
made a disastrous appearance.
performed admirably for REAL.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 4.