10562 spectators arrived at Children Playground Arena
, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Martí Casal
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Bruno Durastante
and Claus Nagel
Forever tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Sharma - Salati, Magliacano, Dalbon - Haas, Dell'Oca, De Muynck, Foffa, Kääriäinen - Mayoles, Dall'Agnol.
Girls started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
They fielded: Salaorni - Stevanin, Pontiroli Gobbi, Scafà - Bellonzi, Monge, Ballai, Giassi - Werra, Canestrari, Langella.
There was concern in the stands when, at the 4 minute mark, Forever's A. Dalbon
hit the ground hard, but he refused the attention of the trainer and rejoined his teammates on the pitch.
Girls took the lead 14 minutes into the game, making the score 0 - 1 after some elegant movement down the middle. T. Pontiroli Gobbi
was the scorer.
Forever's M. Mayoles
put his head to a high ball coming in from the right after 15 minutes, but the ball went wide.
On any other day, N. Dall'Agnol
's free kick would have found the back of the net to tie the game for Forever, but not today - the visitors' keeper displayed extraordinary reflexes as he blocked the shot harmlessly to the side.
The goal to make it 0 - 2 was scored by J. Ballai
after 42 minutes, following an opportunistic counterattack down the middle by Girls.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 2.
Forever had most of the ball, with 71 percent of possession.
challenged the visitors' central defence eagerly, producing a good chance 51 minutes into the game as he went for a through ball. But, as so many times before, the guests' defensive efforts got the best of it.
Forever were awarded a penalty 53 minutes into the match and N. Dall'Agnol
fired the ball into the net to make the score 1 - 2.
The crowd chanted their encouragement as Forever's H. De Muynck
came in from the right after 56 minutes and put the ball in the net to level the score at 2 - 2.
57 minutes into the match, Forever's M. Haas
popped up from nowhere, cheekily stole the ball off an opposition player and scored. 3 - 2.
After 71 minutes, the visitors tied it up at 3 - 3 when a fantastic pass from the left was finished off by L. Canestrari
The home side put themselves ahead 4 - 3 after 76 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from A. Dalbon
, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing.
Possession in this half belonged to Forever, who controlled the ball 71 percent of the time.
Forever's top performer was clearly N. Dall'Agnol
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Most important Girls player was F. Langella
However, A. Salaorni
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 4 - 3.