Dark skies made the crowd of 34738 at Templo del Humo
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Hansruedi Burgherr
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Leendert Dierckens
and Lewis Thomas
Purple had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Velasco - Serodio, Hulthin, Osorio Rojas - Bala, Benavent, Berriolo, Leplat, Oberkleen - Barros, Hellín.
United tactics involved an interesting 5-3-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Barber - Pemán Casanova, Ecenarro, Manzano López, Vilajuan, Barbagli - Gama, Bac, Chardonnet - Villalba, Moreno Barba.
United were relying on their ability to counter-attack.
After 11 minutes, the defensive line of United created a counterattack through the middle that gave A. Villalba
a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
One of many good crosses from Y. Chardonnet
on the wing was received and skillfully taken care of by A. Villalba
, who scored for United. 0 - 1
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1.
Purple claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 67 percent.
Some fine passing in the middle of the pitch, carving open the away defence, should have led to a goal for Purple, but G. Leplat
's shot went over the bar.
could have scored for Purple with his free kick after 66 minutes, but the visitors' keeper just managed to get a hand on it.
United's counterattacks were lethal to the opposing defence, allowing J. Gama
to score easily from the right flank for 0 - 2.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the United coach let W. Bassett
replace J. Moreno Barba
after 80 minutes.
The coach of United was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 80 minutes, I. Animal
came on for Y. Chardonnet
wanted to play on, but the United coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 80 minutes into the game by T. Cusimano
Purple's fans were urging them forward as they tried to get back into the game, and their vocal support was rewarded 83 minutes into the match as E. Barros
ran onto a beautiful ball played through the visitors' defence and slotted it past the keeper to reduce the deficit. 1 - 2.
85 minutes into the match, Purple's A. Osorio Rojas
maneuvered his way around the opposition on the left flank, delighting the crowd with his twists and turns. The effort paid off as the ball found the back of the net, evening the score at 2 - 2.
Purple enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 67 percent of possession.
Purple's top performer was clearly E. Barros
However, C. Serodio
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating United player was without a doubt A. Villalba
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 2 - 2.