Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 6399 at Philip Morris Club Arena
today. Nico Holliger
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Pere Segarra
and Alfons Feistmantl
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Philip.
Lineup: Cerulli - Campanella, Caiuli, Shehi, Chionna - Monfardini, Vallorani, Mongelli, Blisio - Roga, Pinna.
atlatic tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Cola - Tarozzi, Benincasa, Tartagni, Feliziani - Remigi, Cutillo, Pifferi, Carloni - Stracciari, Pizzirusso.
atlatic immediately set off using their skill at pressing their opponents.
6 minutes into the game, G. Tartagni
almost gave the visitors the lead, as he clipped a delicate lob over the keeper, but the ball glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
7 minutes into the game, E. Stracciari
had a great chance to put his team ahead, but his kick from the left went wide.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 11 minutes into the match left atlatic's E. Stracciari
completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors.
came close to extending the visitors' lead when he found himself completely unmarked in front of the goal after a pass through the middle. He tried to lift the ball over N. Cerulli
but overcooked it and hit the bar instead.
atlatic increased their lead after 22 minutes when G. Carloni
broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 2, much to the home crowd's dismay.
30 minutes in, Philip's E. Roga
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
of atlatic had to be helped off the pitch as an injury meant he was unable to finish the game. A. Berberi
came in to finish the match.
Halftime score was 0 - 2.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by atlatic, with 56 percent of the ball.
atlatic's A. Berberi
was shown a yellow card after 65 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
After 72 minutes of game time, V. Pizzirusso
had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, clipping a volley hooked in from the right, but N. Cerulli
was in the right place and tipped the ball over for a corner.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave V. Pizzirusso
from atlatic a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 85 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Philip's D. Caiuli
went down after a savage challenge, but could continue playing after some medical attention.
The referee showed Philip's D. Campanella
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
After 88 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed F. Cutillo
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 3.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of atlatic lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
Possession in this half belonged to atlatic, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.
The most dominating Philip player was without a doubt E. Roga
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
atlatic's top performer was clearly E. Stracciari
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 0 - 3.