The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 33019 had shown up at E_TeAM Stadium
for the match. Manfried Traunfellner
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Mihael Zorinc
and Hardo Kasemaa
E_TeAM had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Huhdanmäki - Legras, Piras, Delouche - de Cler, Breitreiner, Fetica, Galván, Pandini - Zanardo, Pedreiro.
XdinciBACCO started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Boutet - Almeida, Marolla, García de Luján - Francuzik, Englind, Repesse, Kruljac, Montalbano - Bidžić, Sedgewick.
XdinciBACCO clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave J. Francuzik
from XdinciBACCO a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 4 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
34 minutes of the match played, and a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but M. Montalbano
, after finding himself dashing down on goal from the left with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide.
0 - 0 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to E_TeAM, who controlled the ball 51 percent of the time.
Many thought S. Zanardo
ought to have been awarded a penalty 56 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around S. Boutet
after a determined run through the middle.
It was obvious that team XdinciBACCO had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
A mistake by the home side's central defence after 63 minutes allowed N. Sedgewick
to score for XdinciBACCO. The scoreboard now read 0 - 1.
After a fatal mistake from the away team's right side defence 69 minutes into the match, an alert D. Breitreiner
bagged the ball for E_TeAM, levelling the score to 1 - 1.
Making his way up the middle 72 minutes into the match, A. Pandini
almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert S. Boutet
blocked it to keep the score level.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by E_TeAM, with 52 percent of the ball.
performed admirably for E_TeAM.
On the other hand, Y. de Cler
's play was disheartening.
XdinciBACCO's best player was N. Sedgewick
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 1 - 1.