Dark skies made the crowd of 77777 at Kuzma Arena
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Leopoldo Bottinelli
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Vicente Corbalán
and Moritz Wallgraben
kuzma had chosen a strategic 5-5-0 formation.
The following players took the field: Ortueta - Pezdirec, Smolar, Ahačevič, Gorenec, Sovák - Schmetlow, Wieghorst, Krek, Mussa, Iraeta -.
Sosed started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Kintzelé - Šupuk, Lovka, Pugelj - Wiesinger, Kastrin, Kozlina, van den Bergh, Vrhovski - Marchèse, Sapunarov.
Pressing was the tactic of the day for kuzma.
Sosed saw most attack opportunities on the wings.
At this time in the match, kuzma were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game.
Attacking on the wings was the choice for Sosed, and they were successfully passing the ball from the middle to the wings to attack.
kuzma's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
Halftime score was 0 - 0.
Sosed claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 51 percent.
48 minutes into the game, S. van den Bergh
almost gave the visitors the lead, as he clipped a delicate lob over the keeper, but the ball glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
The swift technical skills of E. Wiesinger
were often too much for the tall but somewhat slow B. Pezdirec
who was humiliated after 60 minutes. He'll be breathing a huge sigh of relief after the final shot went wide.
of Sosed seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 0 - 1 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by S. van den Bergh
The coach of Sosed was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 62 minutes, E. Dernovšek
came on for H. Marchèse
The Sosed coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 62 minutes into the game.
In the lead, Sosed adjusted their style of play with 62 minutes gone.
In an effort to secure the lead, Sosed changed their tactic after 62 minutes.
After 62 minutes, the Sosed players received new instructions from their manager on how to keep in control of the game.
With 72 minutes gone, L. Smolar
suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counterattack by kuzma caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring.
The pressing tactics used by kuzma were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
Possession in this half belonged to Sosed, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.
performed admirably for kuzma.
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Most important Sosed player was V. Sapunarov
On the other hand, Š. Kastrin
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 0 - 1.