The 46749 spectators at Ciudad Deportiva Santa Maria
were in for an afternoon of sunshine. Gary Marler
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Žarko Krneta
and Eggerd Liebetruth
Alcañiz started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Starters: Brunsó - Vayá, Vivas, Borrageros - Sánchez Ortega, Figueroa, Extremadouro, Alcaina - Pontes, Mejías, Visigodos.
Taboolators tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Peniche - Svensson, Hodaň, Niemelä - Ruska, Carrabal, Zaremba, Saudade, Maslarski - Taş, Roig.
Today, Taboolators's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
9 minutes into the match and the home team took a 1 - 0 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for Alcañiz was I. Alcaina
10 minutes into the game Taboolators's A. Saudade
found a gap in the home side's central defence and scored with a fabulous shot, making it 1 - 1.
Down the middle came T. Svensson
, making a fantastic play that nearly had Taboolators take the lead after 22 minutes, but P. Brunsó
preserved the tie.
After 27 minutes, Taboolators's A. Saudade
made his way through the middle and nonchalantly placed the ball out of the keeper's reach, putting the visitors up 1 - 2.
The sun seemed to put J. Roig
in a great mood, and he showed off his technical skills all match long.
With a shot curled in from just outside the middle of the penalty area after 31 minutes played, J. Mejías
of Alcañiz made the score 2 - 2.
It was 2 - 2 at the break.
Taboolators claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 51 percent.
Alcañiz created a good opportunity to score 50 minutes into the match when I. Borrageros
's hooked ball from the left created a scuffle in front of the goal, and the visitors' defenders had a hard time clearing the ball.
looked great 52 minutes into the match after stopping a shot from the middle of the penalty area from the visitors' T. Svensson
Taboolators's M. Ruska
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 54 minutes.
2 - 3 was the score with 59 minutes played, after R. Taş
cut through the central defence and chipped home a goal for Taboolators.
With the crowd on their feet chanting wildly, some great moves down the right hand side after 70 minutes gave Alcañiz a wonderful opportunity to level the score, and M. Pontes
stepped up to the challenge. 3 - 3
Priding himself in being an active coach, the Taboolators manager gave new instructions to his players after 70 minutes.
gave Alcañiz the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 4 - 3
The Taboolators coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change strategy.
With 73 minutes played, the Taboolators coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. S. Donadei
came on, V. Hodaň
had to leave the fray.
The Taboolators players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team.
The Alcañiz coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 74 minutes into the game.
Neither team were able to dominate possession this half.
Alcañiz's best player was M. Pontes
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Taboolators.
On the other hand, J. Peniche
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 4 - 3.