Clouds darkened the skies at goku Arena
as 31335 spectators turned up for the match. Boleslaw Kuszel
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Luca Ternullo
and Alois Maier
united started off with a 4-5-1 lineup.
Lineup: De Souza - Ubilla, Tyrvänen, Carruezzo, Gaveau - Fonseca, Gossaert, Paillard, Haber, Drappier - Vojáček.
Šafarsko had chosen a strategic 3-4-3 formation.
The following players took the field: Martinčič - Richard, Žerjav, Prošek - Hawkesford, Allier, Navarro, Belorussov - Dobre, Rotovnik, Selšek.
Today, united's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
Šafarsko seemed to prefer attacking in the middle.
It was obvious that united had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
united took the lead 25 minutes in, as J. Paillard
broke through on the left and put the 1 - 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper.
26 minutes in, united's C. Drappier
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Perseverence paid off for Šafarsko, as their M. Rotovnik
equalised making it 1 - 1 with a fabulous free kick.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 33 minutes into the match left Šafarsko's M. Rotovnik
completely free to score. 1 - 2 for the visitors.
The crowd was on its feet 36 minutes into the match, as united's R. Vojáček
found himself unmarked in front of the goal after a dash up the left side. He calmly put away the 2 - 2 equaliser.
Halftime score was 2 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to united, who controlled the ball 59 percent of the time.
Many thought G. Gossaert
ought to have been awarded a penalty 55 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around J. Martinčič
after a determined run through the middle.
60 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a united substitution. L. Zacarías
came on for J. Fonseca
was handed the united captain's armband.
After a fine move down the middle J. Tyrvänen
nearly gave the home side a goal after 62 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide.
With 74 minutes played, G. Belorussov
of Šafarsko fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
Down the middle came P. Richard
, making a fantastic play that nearly had Šafarsko take the lead after 83 minutes, but J. De Souza
preserved the tie.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by united, with 58 percent of the ball.
The most dominating united player was without a doubt R. Vojáček
J. De Souza
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for Šafarsko.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 2 - 2.