The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 68242 had shown up at El Futbolin
for the match. Josep Mateu
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Marek Mikulski
and Zahid Abbas
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Indus.
The following players took the field: Teodorescu - Kalfoglou, Valdés, Escobedo - Brehm, Stanchev, Matienzo, Galobard, Radočaj - Lefebvre, Aykan.
Godlove had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Lineup: Manrique Rojas - Rosendal, Simonella, Puig - Irani, Arcones, Toffolo, da Rocha, Gosztyła - Hultblom, Ramis.
For their match strategy, Godlove had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
They were singing the praises of M. Lefebvre
19 minutes into the match after his speculative chip from the middle of the penalty box found its way over the visitors' keeper to make the score 1 - 0 to Indus.
Indus had to make a substitution after 23 minutes. T. Kalfoglou
limped off the field and was replaced by V. Ruut
With 29 minutes played, Indus's K. Aykan
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
Godlove's opponents know to be wary of J. Gosztyła
's speed, but it made little difference as he flew past the defence 31 minutes into the game. Only the keeper could stop him - and he did with a perfectly timed dive!
Indus increased the lead as K. Aykan
struck to make the score 2 - 0 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
The referee showed Indus's K. Aykan
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Godlove were forced into a substitution as O. da Rocha
couldn't continue due to some rough treatment, forcing J. Blanch
to come in off the bench.
Against a lesser team, Godlove could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 41 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save.
It was 2 - 0 at the break.
Possession in this half belonged to Indus, who controlled the ball 64 percent of the time.
In an effort to secure the lead, Indus changed their tactic after 50 minutes.
With 60 minutes played, the Godlove coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. L. Ramírez de León
came on, T. Simonella
had to leave the fray.
Godlove's J. Blanch
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 60 minutes.
72 minutes into the match, H. Stanchev
could have extended the lead, but his powerful free kick went just over the bar.
Godlove's S. Arcones
was shown a yellow card after 77 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
should probably have put his team up another goal after 79 minutes, but some great goalkeeping by R. Manrique Rojas
kept the visitors in the game.
In the 80 minute, Godlove were awarded a free kick as their counter attack dried up. The ball was sent in high over the penalty box and, in what looked like a well-rehearsed move, it was headed backwards to reach L. Ramírez de León
, who placed it into the net with a single touch. 2 - 1.
Indus's V. Ruut
had an excellent opportunity after 81 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
After 84 minutes, the visitors levelled the scores after J. Puig
made it through the middle and struck home to make it 2 - 2.
84 minutes into the match, the Indus manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged.
would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. J. Caja
entered the game for Godlove as the match clock showed 84 minutes.
was handed the Godlove captain's armband.
After 84 minutes, the Indus coach had a quick word about the tactical set-up and decided to try another approach.
Indus claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 62 percent.
Indus's top performer was clearly M. Galobard
was a disappointment, however.
Godlove's best player was P. Hultblom
On the other hand, J. Blanch
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 2.