Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Olimpiko
saw a crowd turnout of 59000. David Teruel
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Max Jordans
and Vylius Farafonovas
People from all over Sofia
had joined up for the derby.
Vladoslav decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Lalov - Karasimeonov, Dimov, Starev - Steklov, Bikkersma, Pereira, Kepler, Kristoffersen - Popov, Stoilov.
Blue started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Starters: Reed - Cihlář, Chodorov, Dolan - Buitenwerf, Flotats, Gerkens, Kalu - Almeida, Maignan, Sordi.
Vladoslav had a good opportunity to take the lead as I. Dimov
came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of H. Reed
There was concern in the stands when, at the 4 minute mark, Blue's H. Reed
hit the ground hard, but he refused the attention of the trainer and rejoined his teammates on the pitch.
's speed is always a threat when he gets a little room to move, and 24 minutes into the match was no different as he broke free of his man to send a delightful through ball to J. Almeida
who knocked it in for Blue. 0 - 1!
After 33 minutes, V. Popov
got through on the right and was very close to equalising for the home side, but didn't get the shot away.
The crowd chanted their encouragement as Vladoslav's M. Steklov
came in from the right after 34 minutes and put the ball in the net to level the score at 1 - 1.
1 - 1 was the halftime score.
Neither team were able to dominate possession this half.
Down the middle came D. Maignan
, making a fantastic play that nearly had Blue take the lead after 51 minutes, but H. Lalov
preserved the tie.
The home side put themselves ahead 2 - 1 after 70 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from K. Stoilov
, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing.
77 minutes in, Vladoslav's S. Kepler
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
The visiting team's J. Kalu
was able to score the 2 - 2 equaliser with a header 80 minutes into the match, after some good work on the right.
The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of Blue's J. Gerkens
after 80 minutes. He converted a pass from the left for a goal, resulting in the visitors taking the 2 - 3 lead.
As the game started to slip away for Vladoslav, the manager decided to change the tactical approach.
Unhappy with the result so far in the game, the Vladoslav manager used a brief break in play after 80 minutes to give the players new directives.
Vladoslav needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 81 minutes I. Dimov
made way for H. Forstner
After 81 minutes, Vladoslav used a short break in the game to take new instructions from their coach.
The Vladoslav players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Blue, with 53 percent of the ball.
performed admirably for Vladoslav.
On the other hand, V. Kristoffersen
's play was disheartening.
Blue's best player was D. Maignan
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 2 - 3.