Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Olive Arena
saw a crowd turnout of 16000. Corneli Alonso
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Alojzije Vještica
and Kaspar Slættalíð
El Rayo had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Ivgy - Zlatanov, Nucera, Kácsor - Cipelli, Shtrauber, Bertolino, Albani, Papazzoni - Stoto, Hansson.
turistu started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Orts - Bauermeister, Reuven, Sharashia - Di Tullio, Segovia, Vergara, Ghezzi - Petrov, Vidal, Lylloff.
El Rayo were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
turistu mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
El Rayo took the lead 11 minutes in, as W. Cipelli
broke through on the left and put the 1 - 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper.
El Rayo solidified their lead at the 17 minute mark, as W. Cipelli
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 2 - 0.
El Rayo's G. Stoto
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 18 minutes having been played. D. Barzanti
was the replacement.
Players in El Rayo heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
El Rayo put themselves up 3 - 0 when E. Papazzoni
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
Confident in their lead, El Rayo's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
El Rayo's V. Bertolino
had an excellent opportunity after 22 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
25 minutes in, P. Vergara
made an incredible run up the middle and nearly reduced the home side's lead, but A. Ivgy
refused to let the ball slip by him.
3 - 0 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to El Rayo, who controlled the ball 64 percent of the time.
The home crowd was silenced as A. Ghezzi
took a successful penalty shot 50 minutes into the game, reducing the home lead to 3 - 1.
With 70 minutes played, the turistu coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. D. Martí
came on, V. Petrov
had to leave the fray.
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, turistu's A. Reuven
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 70 minutes. C. Bella
was given a chance to change things around.
Coming from the right, V. Bertolino
almost managed to score another goal for El Rayo, but his header was tipped over the bar by the visitors' keeper.
After 75 minutes, turistu switched A. Lylloff
with O. Molnár
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
El Rayo claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 63 percent.
El Rayo's best player was V. Bertolino
turned in a dismal performance, however.
turistu's top performer was clearly D. Vidal
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 1.