Clouds darkened the skies at New Gurufis Arena
as 62500 spectators turned up for the match. Rafinha Longo
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Otto Rozwalka
and Johan Mörnström
Gurufis had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Prauda - Tallarico, Vattuone - Pierangeli, Cadorra, Neve, Mir, Narváez - Cayón, Majantie, Zanetti.
Tornado started off with a 5-3-2 lineup.
They fielded: Cárcamo - Niza, García, Pérez, Benlliure, Noivo - Schettino, Bačiak, Urbano - Pont, Tortajada.
Gurufis tried to focus their attacks down the middle.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Tornado.
gave Gurufis the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 1 - 0
Tornado had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 15 minutes, but V. Pont
's shot from the left sailed high over the bar.
Coming in from the right, Tornado had a good opportunity to convert on a counterattack after 17 minutes, but R. Bačiak
's attempt to finish was easily stopped.
It was 1 - 0 at the break.
Gurufis enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 87 percent of possession.
The goal to make it 1 - 1 was scored by R. Bačiak
after 71 minutes, following an opportunistic counterattack down the middle by Tornado.
Gurufis made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left M. Zanetti
completely alone with keeper R. Cárcamo
, who made a spectacular block.
Gurufis had to make a substitution after 76 minutes. J. Prauda
limped off the field and was replaced by L. Zupin
Tornado caught their opponents out with a clever counterattack down the right wing 83 minutes into the match. C. Tortajada
was able to finish off the move - 1 - 2.
85 minutes into the match, Gurufis's M. Majantie
demonstrated his famed speed as he raced past his marker and passed the ball to A. Cayón
who chipped it in for 2 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to Gurufis, who controlled the ball 87 percent of the time.
Gurufis's top performer was clearly M. Zanetti
On the other hand, L. Zupin
's play was disheartening.
The most dominating Tornado player was without a doubt P. García
However, R. Bačiak
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 2 - 2.