It had rained all day, but 12000 hardy fans still made it out to Pozzale Arena
. Jonas Tegby
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Dennis Zapata
and Maurice Chevènement
A 4-3-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Pozzale.
Lineup: Bräuer - Dehni, Simonelli, Bajatović, Campaniello - Tolu, Fiorentini, Fordon - Namocari, Tolloi, Kärrskog.
cinghia started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
Starters: Ura - Abraham, Goubard, Quartela - Grundmann, Brandariz, Lacalle Moreno, Tunghall, Henes - Geukens, Tsakmakidis.
A well placed corner kick from B. Bajatović
was followed by A. Fiorentini
's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Pozzale, the score now 1 - 0.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Pozzale's W. Dehni
increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
was having a great game - if anything the pouring rain seemed to be spurring him on!
The home side's W. Dehni
came close to extending the lead 40 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but U. Ura
managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
The boggy pitch disrupted the game, especially for technical players like W. Tolu
The visitors got a chance to pulling one back after 43 minutes, due to a defensive blunder leaving Y. Tsakmakidis
completely unmarked. His strike was pathetic though, easy prey for the home side's keeper.
44 minutes in, Pozzale's W. Dehni
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
showed why he is feared on the counterattack, breaking through in the middle and scoring for Pozzale after 44 minutes to make the score 3 - 0.
By now, the players in Pozzale felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
3 - 0 was the halftime score.
Pozzale claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 58 percent.
Pozzale's N. Simonelli
increased the lead to 4 - 0, after he saw his shot go between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper following some good play down the right wing after 48 minutes.
wanted to play on, but the Pozzale coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 60 minutes into the game by T. Krasnodębski
After 69 minutes, cinghia's A. Henes
fell awkwardly, but was determined to stay in the match. That's the spirit!
I. Lacalle Moreno
spent most of the time in a heap on the ground today, his normally rapid movement hindered by the slippery pitch.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Pozzale coach let C. Briosch
replace W. Dehni
after 75 minutes.
could have increased the lead after 77 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
With 80 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock, cinghia showed some good skill and were able to reduce the score to 4 - 1 when Y. Tsakmakidis
got past the home side's central defenders right in front of the goal.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, C. Abraham
got himself booked. The manager of cinghia was not happy.
Pozzale had most of the ball, with 62 percent of possession.
The most dominating Pozzale player was without a doubt M. Kärrskog
turned in a dismal performance, however.
cinghia's top performer was clearly B. Geukens
On the other hand, A. Henes
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 4 - 1.