Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and FC B.R.I. Arena
saw a crowd turnout of 9586. Édmond Bourcier
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Rob Hunter
and Reko Grönlund
B.R.I. had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Sambusiti - Adelswarth, Triana, Eransus, Dale - Lehvänen, Drago, Sellner, Pereyra - Lervåg, Neves.
Frigole started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Starters: Gonçalves - Leimer, Basheer, Garwol - Orpana, Boscolo, García, Hassert - Miška, Perici, Vincken.
The wings were the focus of most of B.R.I.'s attacks today.
Frigole mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
Players in B.R.I. heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
B.R.I. fans held their breath as M. Dale
scampered down the left side. He successfully avoided all challenges and cracked home the shot for 1 - 0!
The B.R.I. coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 7 minutes into the game.
With 10 minutes played, F. Perici
of Frigole fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
finished off a quick charge from the left of the field by chipping the ball just past the home side's keeper, making the score 1 - 1 14 minutes into the match.
Frigole had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks.
33 minutes in, B.R.I.'s H. Pereyra
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
The guests almost went up by a goal after 36 minutes when J. Hassert
came through and shot from the right. The ball bounced harmlessly off the post, though.
1 - 1 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to Frigole, who controlled the ball 54 percent of the time.
Frigole took the lead after 57 minutes making the score 1 - 2. J. Hassert
placed the ball out of reach for the home side's keeper after a fine move, coming in from the left.
After 58 minutes, B.R.I. used a short break in the game to take new instructions from their coach.
The B.R.I. players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team.
hit the corner kick straight to the keeper, but it was mishandled, giving Frigole's C. Basheer
an easy chance to knock it in for 1 - 3.
By now, the players in Frigole felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, B.R.I.'s C. Neves
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 70 minutes. M. Keohane
was given a chance to change things around.
The bench was restless, and with 80 minutes passed B.R.I.'s coach gave D. Sjöell
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. J. Drago
reluctantly left the field.
received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 81 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 1 - 4. The Frigole fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early.
82 minutes into the game, C. Basheer
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came V. Suprozzo
Frigole's J. Orpana
got himself booked for a foul.
The player down was E. Sellner
. The B.R.I. bench looked worried for a while, but in the end he managed to get up.
B.R.I.'s fans were urging them forward as they tried to get back into the game, and their vocal support was rewarded 86 minutes into the match as D. Sjöell
ran onto a beautiful ball played through the visitors' defence and slotted it past the keeper to reduce the deficit. 2 - 4.
Frigole had most of the ball, with 53 percent of possession.
performed admirably for B.R.I..
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Frigole's top performer was clearly P. Vincken
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 2 - 4.