Dark skies made the crowd of 11562 at Tabanese Revolution Arena
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Zamfir Chiritã
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Iván Fejér
and Reidar Knutsson
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Revolution.
Lineup: Aiello - Merenda, Martone, Cappelli, Pappagallo - Vinci, Simonetti, Padrini, Mandato - Brucato, Byberi.
salemi had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
Starters: Stanglini - Catanzani, Crincoli, Tocci, Flagiello - Pilotino, Massimi, Boschetto, De Meo - Sanguanini, Hochkoeppler.
P. De Meo
's early cross saw the defenders caught out of position and the alert M. Sanguanini
was able to pounce and roll the ball past the hapless goalkeeper to score for salemi. 0 - 1.
After 11 minutes, D. Brucato
got through on the right and was very close to equalising for the home side, but didn't get the shot away.
A drive down the left side allowed M. Pilotino
to get in close and score another goal for salemi after 12 minutes, taking the score to 0 - 2.
A marvellous Revolution effort on the right-hand side resulted in a goal after 18 minutes by C. Padrini
, making the score 1 - 2.
Due to some great work on the right wing Revolution's G. Martone
was able to even the score after 24 minutes to make the score 2 - 2.
After 31 minutes, salemi put themselves up 2 - 3, as A. Catanzani
finished off a strike from the left with a real cannonball of a shot.
It was 2 - 3 at the break.
Revolution enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 57 percent of possession.
51 minutes into the match, Revolution's A. Byberi
maneuvered his way around the opposition on the left flank, delighting the crowd with his twists and turns. The effort paid off as the ball found the back of the net, evening the score at 3 - 3.
With 61 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 4 - 3 lead as L. Cappelli
flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
The visitors kept the pressure on to tie the game when, after 62 minutes, G. Flagiello
broke through the centre and found himself alone with the keeper. A. Aiello
made a great block, though.
With 66 minutes played, Revolution's G. Martone
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Revolution, with 57 percent of the ball.
The most dominating Revolution player was without a doubt A. Byberi
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
salemi's top performer was clearly S. Hochkoeppler
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 4 - 3.