Clouds darkened the skies at Zen Arena
as 31955 spectators turned up for the match. Luc Charrier
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Marco Avanzolini
and Albert Coburn
Phaedrus started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Lineup: Inistarte - Noury, Nilsson, Couto - Amaral, Pachl, Arnuero, Yngvesson - Jensen, Biermeier, Wiatrak.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for BIBOs.
They fielded: Werens - Kodzheykov, Hristov, Todorov - Kovachev, Penev, Kovachev, Pastúrmadzhiev, Chirită - Bustamante, Andonov.
A penalty was given after 23 minutes, allowing the visitors to gain the lead: 0 - 1. P. Pastúrmadzhiev
was the scorer.
As C. Nilsson
had, completely unprovoked, swept the legs out from under an opponent in front of a linesman, the referee gave the Phaedrus player a red card without batting an eyelid.
After the ball was lifted in from the left, T. Penev
was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 25 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration.
0 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Phaedrus had most of the ball, with 53 percent of possession.
The crowd chanted their encouragement as Phaedrus's J. Noury
came in from the right after 47 minutes and put the ball in the net to level the score at 1 - 1.
After 55 minutes, T. Biermeier
sprinted between the opposing defenders and squared the ball, but the keeper deflected N. Jensen
As the 66 minute mark approached, the Phaedrus coach decided it was time for a substitution. T. Pachl
reluctantly made way for P. Korytko
on the pitch.
caught everyone off guard with a great opening pass - but unfortunately K. Andonov
was as surprised by the move as anybody else, and managed to miss the extraordinary opportunity.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 74 minutes into the match left BIBOs's H. Kovachev
completely free to score. 1 - 2 for the visitors.
The BIBOs players could smell victory in the air. P. Kovachev
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for D. Vúrbanov
after 80 minutes.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 89 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. N. Tanev
was the replacement.
The coach of BIBOs was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 89 minutes, P. Bumbarov
came on for S. Chirită
became the new BIBOs captain.
Phaedrus enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
Phaedrus's top performer was clearly N. Jensen
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for BIBOs.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 1 - 2.