It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 24199 that came out to F.C. Armandino Arena
. Per Magnusson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Paolo Speciale
and José Gil y Gil
A 3-4-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Armandino.
Lineup: Zakowiecki - Mingorance, Jacobson, Siedewurt - Kis, Falappa, Bushati, Martin - Di Blasio, Mira, Grosjean.
joker decided to use a 3-4-3 set up.
They fielded: Evsen - Cardon, Lagarde, Krog - Curto Pelle, Wądzyński, Cattaneo, Stężała - Turetta, Salatelli, Géza.
After 7 minutes, Armandino sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. In what looked like a well-rehearsed move, the ball was headed backwards and reached G. Di Blasio
, who had plenty of space to place a well aimed shot - 1 - 0.
Armandino put in a good effort on the right, but É. Grosjean
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 8 minutes into the game.
enjoyed the sunshine and demonstrated his stunning technique over and over again.
Armandino solidified their lead at the 24 minute mark, as G. Di Blasio
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 2 - 0.
unleashed a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide.
joker's I. Géza
left the field after 34 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was M. Serio
Halftime score was 2 - 0.
Armandino claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 60 percent.
The home team's fans were upset when, after 60 minutes, the visiting M. Serio
broke through the central defence and kicked the ball past the keeper. 2 - 1 was the score.
The fierce heat made it important to save breath, and after a few swift runs E. Bushati
found it hard to get back into position.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Armandino's A. Falappa
increasing the lead to 3 - 1.
of Armandino was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
could have increased the lead after 76 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
After 77 minutes, M. Cattaneo
came close to reducing the score with a free kick aimed near the left post, but P. Zakowiecki
warded the ball off to a corner.
With 78 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock, joker showed some good skill and were able to reduce the score to 3 - 2 when M. Serio
got past the home side's central defenders right in front of the goal.
was caught napping as E. Bushati
lifted a ball over him following a free kick, but the ball hit the bar, rebounding into the keeper's arms.
The referee showed Armandino's P. Mira
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Armandino enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 56 percent of possession.
The most dominating Armandino player was without a doubt É. Grosjean
was a disappointment, however.
Most important joker player was C. Salatelli
On the other hand, P. Curto Pelle
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 3 - 2.