31452 fans braved the pouring rain at tana delle tigri
. Günter Rumpold
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Henk-Jan Bormans
and Klaus Poikulainen
People from all over Lombardia
had joined up for the derby.
Bergamese decided to use a 2-5-3 set up.
They fielded: Cejudo - Agen, Jarvis - Hoz Mulero, Banjac, Glatzenkopp, Verver, Johansen - Lamus, Mec, Cordonnier.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for VERDE.
Lineup: Cerbaia - Wiliński, Puuri, Bonfrate - Mabes, Krummensee, van Etten, Mulè, Cômes - Sayılgan, Mikhailov.
VERDE saw most attack opportunities on the wings.
, who often relies on his speed, had a rotten day on the drenched grass.
VERDE were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
The terraces were silenced after 15 minutes when VERDE's T. Sayılgan
put the guests ahead 0 - 1, following an attack on the right.
Some fine passing in the middle of the pitch, carving open the away defence, should have led to a goal for Bergamese, but M. Lamus
's shot went over the bar.
The home crowd was not impressed when F. Mabes
came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 28 minutes. VERDE were now up 0 - 2.
Bergamese's G. Banjac
managed a superb strike from the left after 31 minutes that would have left goalkeeper G. Cerbaia
without a chance, had it not hit the post.
After 32 minutes M. Lamus
could have reduced the lead with a blistering strike from the left wing, had it not been for an excellent block by the visitors' keeper.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, T. Sayılgan
got himself booked. The manager of VERDE was not happy.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to Bergamese, who controlled the ball 56 percent of the time.
65 minutes into the match, S. van Etten
came through the middle and almost added to his team's lead, but the shot went wide.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 70 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. P. Pavese
was the replacement.
It was obvious that VERDE had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
With 79 minutes played, VERDE put themselves up 0 - 3 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was P. Mulè
At this point, it was obvious that the players of VERDE lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
84 minutes into the game VERDE managed a counterattack, but P. Pavese
took a soft shot from the left flank that was easy prey for the alert keeper.
86 minutes into the game, VERDE worked the left side industriously creating several opportunities to add to their lead, but just couldn't apply the finishing touch.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Bergamese, with 53 percent of the ball.
Most important Bergamese player was H. Glatzenkopp
was a disappointment, however.
performed admirably for VERDE.
On the other hand, G. Cerbaia
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 0 - 3.