It had rained all day, but 25150 hardy fans still made it out to Alcatraz Arena
. Rudy Taton
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Kaimo Nahkur
and Cristóbal Mancilla
Dai Sassol decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Boccia - Mirkevich, Orrego, Díaz - Ascue, Olberg, Fois, Dotan, Zumsteg - Apolloni, Marino.
Football had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Bonetti - Ricciardi, Leardini, Mocerino - Watson, Ltaïef, Schneuwly, Martensen, Mostallino - Iturrieta, Piroddi.
Dai Sassol were clearly looking ahead to the next match rather than focusing on the one at hand.
Dai Sassol were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Football.
Football took the lead 10 minutes into the game, making the score 0 - 1 after some elegant movement down the middle. V. Mocerino
was the scorer.
With the crowd on their feet chanting wildly, some great moves down the right hand side after 31 minutes gave Dai Sassol a wonderful opportunity to level the score, and R. Marino
stepped up to the challenge. 1 - 1
Dai Sassol made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left J. Olberg
completely alone with keeper V. Bonetti
, who made a spectacular block.
Dai Sassol's G. Fois
got himself booked for a foul.
didn't let the weather get him down and made some great moves on the pitch in spite of the rain.
Dai Sassol broke through on the left 41 minutes into the game, with F. Ascue
firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 2 - 1 lead.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave L. Mirkevich
from Dai Sassol a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 42 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
A loud groan was heard from the fans of Football, as A. Ltaïef
left the pitch in too much pain to finish the match. L. Vannucchi
took his place on the field.
Halftime score was 2 - 1.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Dai Sassol, with 57 percent of the ball.
Dai Sassol were in the lead, even though they'd severely underestimated their opponents. The team looked slightly more willing to put in the necessary work as the second half started.
Players in Dai Sassol heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
increased the lead for Dai Sassol to 3 - 1, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
With 68 minutes played, L. Orrego
could have brought this one home for Dai Sassol as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
With 69 minutes played, Dai Sassol put themselves up 4 - 1 when the visiting defenders lost the ball to B. Apolloni
, who came up from the left and proceeded to coolly round the keeper and knock the ball home.
Football certainly deserved a goal after some stunning play down the left, but B. Watson
just wasn't able to finish.
should probably have put his team up another goal after 73 minutes, but some great goalkeeping by V. Bonetti
kept the visitors in the game.
Dai Sassol had most of the ball, with 57 percent of possession.
The most dominating Dai Sassol player was without a doubt L. Orrego
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Football's best player was F. Schneuwly
On the other hand, V. Bonetti
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 4 - 1.