Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 31085 at MOBA Arena
today. Akram Ibn-Rafiq
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Javier Mauduit
and Zairo Anuar bin Anusai
MOBA tactics involved an interesting 5-4-1 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Keisneris - Schönenberger, Vujkovic, Neme, Hirvensalo, Bendazzoli - Dzhonov, Jonsson, Voss, Doykov - Verkade.
LEVSKI_74 had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
The following players took the field: Popov - van Zijl, Kunstmann - Forestan, Durso, Lazarov, Karahan, Tjemsland - Lukassen, Bratanov, Lesaffre.
For their match strategy, MOBA had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Priding himself in being an active coach, the MOBA manager gave new instructions to his players after 7 minutes.
of MOBA received a yellow card after 13 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
LEVSKI_74's I. Kunstmann
could have put the guests one up after 14 minutes after chasing a through ball from the right, but R. Keisneris
was as fast as a snake, grabbing the ball from under his nose.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 31 minutes into the match left LEVSKI_74's S. Bratanov
completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, M. Doykov
got himself booked. The manager of MOBA was not happy.
With 38 minutes played, a quick exchange of passes on the left wing freed G. Lazarov
of LEVSKI_74 to slip through the defence and score another goal for the visitors. That made the score 0 - 2.
After 41 minutes, an incisive pass through the middle gave C. Tjemsland
a chance to increase the lead for LEVSKI_74, and he did not disappoint. The score was then 0 - 3.
The players of LEVSKI_74 now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
The referee showed MOBA's A. Neme
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Unfortunately for LEVSKI_74, M. Forestan
was injured when the game became more physical, and he had to leave the field. V. Vladkov
After 44 minutes M. Doykov
made a speedy advance and dropped the ball to L. Verkade
who shuffled it past the keeper. The score was now 1 - 3.
The home crowd were delighted when A. Neme
scored with a header after an attack from the right, making the score 2 - 3. But did he use his hand? That'll be one for the pundits to talk about after the game, that's for sure!
After 44 minutes, LEVSKI_74's I. Kunstmann
fell awkwardly, but was determined to stay in the match. That's the spirit!
It was showtime for artist S. Lesaffre
who showed off his technical mastery when he rounded K. Voss
and finished with a goal to make the score 2 - 4.
After 44 minutes, a well-worked counterattack by MOBA on the right presented an easy opportunity in front of the goal that was duly converted by L. Verkade
to make it 3 - 4.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave S. Lesaffre
from LEVSKI_74 a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 44 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Halftime score was 3 - 4.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by LEVSKI_74, with 62 percent of the ball.
After a short break after 60 minutes, LEVSKI_74 seemed to change their tactical approach a bit.
In an effort to secure the lead, LEVSKI_74 changed their tactic after 60 minutes.
After 60 minutes of play, A. Neme
evened things up for MOBA with an impressive goal coming up the middle. 4 - 4.
After 60 minutes, the LEVSKI_74 coach made a sign to I. Kunstmann
, who soon changed positions with C. Tjemsland
As the clock reached 65 minutes, LEVSKI_74 decided to regroup. R. van Zijl
gave C. Tjemsland
a little pat on the back as they changed positions on the pitch.
65 minutes into the match, the LEVSKI_74 manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged.
MOBA took the lead after 65 minutes as a result of L. Verkade
's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 5 - 4.
This third goal completed a hattrick for L. Verkade
The corner kick from C. Tjemsland
was powerfully met by the head of G. Durso
to make the score 5 - 5.
LEVSKI_74's S. Lesaffre
managed to lose the defenders as he advanced down the right wing and scored, putting the visitors ahead after 73 minutes. 5 - 6.
was in the clear after breaking the offside trap following a MOBA counterattack from the left after 77 minutes. His neat finish made the score 6 - 6.
LEVSKI_74 claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 69 percent.
MOBA's top performer was clearly A. Neme
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating LEVSKI_74 player was without a doubt S. Lesaffre
On the other hand, R. van Zijl
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 6 - 6.