Dark skies made the crowd of 55015 at Pequeña Paula
a little nervous, but the rain held off. John Têtard
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Harald Pletzer
and Milan Risseeuw
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for lalaki.
They fielded: Holman - Callís, Solares, Patel - Lepp, Lería, Güell, Alzate, Görgs - Viriato, Stoddard.
Reality tactics involved an interesting 5-2-3 combination.
The following players took the field: Macenlle - Miernik, Ribes, Bolczański, Gòdia, Estur - Alventosa, Vázquez - Pederzoli, Leskinen, Zavalloni.
Underestimation of the opposition made lalaki players perform way below their normal capacity.
The wings were the focus of most of lalaki's attacks today.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Reality.
lalaki made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left A. Stoddard
completely alone with keeper L. Macenlle
, who made a spectacular block.
Reality had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 8 minutes, but W. Bolczański
's shot from the left sailed high over the bar.
With 26 minutes played O. Viriato
almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide.
was in the clear after breaking the offside trap following a Reality counterattack from the left after 27 minutes. His neat finish made the score 0 - 1.
With 38 minutes played, after a good run down the left, M. Alzate
went down looking for a penalty after a challenge from the visitors' right fullback, but the referee waved play on, and later warned him for diving.
lalaki's A. Stoddard
put his head to a high ball coming in from the right after 40 minutes, but the ball went wide.
It was 0 - 1 at the break.
Possession in this half belonged to lalaki, who controlled the ball 80 percent of the time.
The lalaki coach was infuriated with the lax attitude of his players during the first half, and rightly so. As the players returned from the dressing room, it was clear that his message had sunk in.
Reality's J. Leskinen
has the wonderful ability to create chances out of thin air. 63 minutes into the match he bamboozled a couple of opposition defenders before sending the keeper the wrong way and sidefooting the ball home into an empty net. That totally unexpected burst of flair made it 0 - 2.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Reality coach let J. Loinaz
replace F. Alventosa
after 70 minutes.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 70 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. T. Lemmetty
was the replacement.
lalaki had a brilliant opportunity to reply as A. Stoddard
received a high ball from the right, striking the ball in the air. Only L. Macenlle
's reflexes saved him.
of lalaki seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 1 - 2 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by M. Alzate
The crowd was on its feet 81 minutes into the match, as lalaki's M. Lería
found himself unmarked in front of the goal after a dash up the left side. He calmly put away the 2 - 2 equaliser.
looked great 85 minutes into the match after stopping a shot from the middle of the penalty area from the visitors' J. Leskinen
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by lalaki, with 81 percent of the ball.
lalaki's best player was A. Lepp
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The most dominating Reality player was without a doubt J. Leskinen
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 2 - 2.