Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Zen Arcade
saw a crowd turnout of 58811. Gelu Marin
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Wilfried Thielau
and Martín Machín
Prata had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation.
The following players took the field: Venturina - Caputi, Rossi, Gatti, Depasquale - Brighenti, Rendo, Simontacchi, Parmigiani, Menabue - van der Berg.
Delirium decided to use a 5-3-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Paaso - Alfano, Franceschi, Valente, Trombetti, Pala - Moreni, Ferla, Bendazzoli - Siena, Morelli.
Delirium clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
After 12 minutes, R. Rossi
came in from the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to make the score 1 - 0, giving Prata the lead.
Delirium caught their opponents out with a clever counterattack down the right wing 20 minutes into the match. M. Moreni
was able to finish off the move - 1 - 1.
A well placed corner kick from T. Menabue
was followed by E. Brighenti
's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Prata, the score now 2 - 1.
's curling free kick almost found the goal for Prata, but the visitors' keeper somehow managed to get ahold of it.
Against a lesser team, Delirium could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 36 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save.
Delirium's A. Bendazzoli
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 37 minutes.
It was 2 - 1 at the break.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Prata, with 73 percent of the ball.
A foul called during a Delirium counterattack resulted in a great chance to score, but F. Trombetti
's shot rattled off the post.
Prata's E. van der Berg
had an excellent opportunity after 66 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
Prata's G. Simontacchi
was shown a yellow card after 74 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Possession in this half belonged to Prata, who controlled the ball 72 percent of the time.
Prata's best player was M. Venturina
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Delirium's top performer was clearly R. Morelli
On the other hand, B. Franceschi
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 1.