22204 spectators had come to A.C. Tarentum Arena
this cloudy day. Tzur Chefetz
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Nicola Borgognoni
and Rajko Luèev
Taras had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Kanonopoulos - Herpe, Arcidiacono, Paganelli - Pinas, Luppino, Ndo, Staudacher, Legario - Ciani, Ingram.
Real tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Valenzuela - Darocha, Del Sal, Pecetti - Hutton, Özsözlü, Fitas, Jones, Oliver - Terrosi, van Wieringen.
They were singing the praises of E. Staudacher
7 minutes into the match after his speculative chip from the middle of the penalty box found its way over the visitors' keeper to make the score 1 - 0 to Taras.
Taras's O. Pinas
set up a perfect opportunity for G. Ciani
, but the latter failed to score.
Taras increased the lead as J. Ndo
struck to make the score 2 - 0 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
nearly reduced the lead 34 minutes into the game, but a splendid one-handed save by N. Kanonopoulos
prevented the attempt coming in from the right flank from hitting the back of the net.
It was 2 - 0 at the break.
Taras claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 58 percent.
After 55 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and P. Legario
gave the Taras supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 3 - 0.
By now, the players in Taras felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
Taras's G. Herpe
got himself booked for a foul.
78 minutes in, M. Del Sal
made an incredible run up the middle and nearly reduced the home side's lead, but N. Kanonopoulos
refused to let the ball slip by him.
Taras enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 60 percent of possession.
The most dominating Taras player was without a doubt D. Ingram
On the other hand, O. Pinas
's play was disheartening.
Real's top performer was clearly M. Terrosi
M. Del Sal
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 0.