Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 38197 at Devis F.C. Arena
today. Mauri Haltsonen
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Pawlu Falzon
and Heine Vinther
Devis decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Formichi - Bello, Marjamaa, Neukäufer, Gerolstein - Karremans, Gobbens, Beenkens, Nutter - Fernández, Houdart.
Barlafuss tactics involved an interesting 4-5-1 combination.
They fielded: Guetadar - Tío, Bilardi, Pînzaru, Goron - Azzami, Frizzi, Mughini, Turatto, Buckens - Accogli.
Barlafuss used their skill at pressing to cut off the attack angles of their opponents all over the field.
The home keeper expected a move to the right, but D. Pînzaru
surprised him with a free kick aimed the other way 6 minutes into the match. 0 - 1 for Barlafuss.
Barlafuss's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends.
35 minutes into the match Devis's W. Beenkens
viciously shoved another player from behind while going for a loose ball and was sent off the pitch with a red card.
Devis's F. Fernández
put his head to a high ball coming in from the right after 39 minutes, but the ball went wide.
The referee showed Barlafuss's G. Bilardi
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1.
Barlafuss had most of the ball, with 60 percent of possession.
A counterattack by Barlafuss after 81 minutes could have resulted in a goal, but G. Buckens
, coming in on the left, couldn't get the shot off.
Barlafuss enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 60 percent of possession.
performed admirably for Devis.
On the other hand, S. Nutter
's play was disheartening.
Barlafuss's best player was A. Mughini
However, A. Accogli
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 0 - 1.