Clear skies welcomed the 5557 spectators who had made their way to eldians Arena
. Thorsten Wildman
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Heribert Dändliker
and Jani Halmetoja
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for eldians.
The following players had been chosen: Rogari - Pannocchi, Galioto, Xani, Murrad - Nasuti, Cimei, Bassani, Ingrosso - Larosa, Bosso.
alexxandria had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
Lineup: Negrelli - Servadei, Diral, Quagliotti, Franzoni - Lurdo, Cavia, Giugliano, Brienza - Kolonja, Teresa.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, M. Diral
got himself booked. The manager of alexxandria was not happy.
The referee signaled a penalty for the home side after 24 minutes, amid vocal protests from the visitors. eldians fans erupted in celebration as N. Pannocchi
rifled the ball into the the top corner. 1 - 0!
The referee showed alexxandria's V. Kolonja
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 0.
eldians enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 65 percent of possession.
63 minutes into the game, C. Rogari
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came M. Frainer
could have put eldians up one more, but he fired into the side netting after breaking free on the left after 83 minutes.
increased the lead for eldians to 2 - 0, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
eldians had most of the ball, with 67 percent of possession.
The most dominating eldians player was without a doubt L. Nasuti
was a disappointment, however.
performed admirably for alexxandria.
On the other hand, S. Brienza
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 0.