The 25489 spectators at benzu Arena
were in for an afternoon of sunshine. Craig Bogg
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Robin Soares
and Justus Denzler
chavales tactics involved an interesting 4-3-3 combination.
The following players took the field: Echalaz - Valdés, Selva, Ballosera, Mínguez Salas - Viteritti, Abendroth, Tännler - Vestri, Lekis, Ehrens.
Hijar had chosen a strategic 3-4-3 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Coraini - Meron, Bodega, Keijer - Logvinenko, Cunha, Reales-Cala, Villareal - Cererols, Morain, Werfeli.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of chavales.
Hijar mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
had a good try after 11 minutes, coming in on a fine move from the left, but the ball went wide.
19 minutes into the game, F. Tännler
finished off a chavales left wing counterattack, making the score 1 - 0.
A quick counter attack by chavales forced the opponent's defender to give away a freekick. D. Ballosera
was allowed to take it quickly by the referee, much to the dismay of the goalkeeper who wasn't prepared. 2 - 0!
of Hijar was able to make an impressive rush past the sluggish A. Selva
, which resulted in a goal making the score 2 - 1.
Coming in from the right, chavales had a good opportunity to convert on a counterattack after 38 minutes, but D. Ehrens
's attempt to finish was easily stopped.
Halftime score was 2 - 1.
Hijar claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 71 percent.
After 59 minutes, Hijar used a short break in the game to take new instructions from their coach.
The visitors kept the pressure on to tie the game when, after 62 minutes, S. Morain
broke through the centre and found himself alone with the keeper. J. Echalaz
made a great block, though.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave D. Ballosera
from chavales a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 67 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
70 minutes into the game, A. Logvinenko
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came A. Rubagotti
After 73 minutes chavales's F. Tännler
limped slightly after a late challenge, but he was able to continue.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Hijar, with 64 percent of the ball.
performed admirably for chavales.
was a disappointment, however.
Most important Hijar player was M. Cererols
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 1.