41280 spectators arrived at Bai A Stadium
, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Mathieu Hernandez
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ľudovít Stoklasa
and Eduardo Sousa
Atlètic started off with a 5-3-2 lineup.
They fielded: Andrade - Surdyk, Armengol, Aranzábal, Ziemke, Palmese - Tyšer, Ehmer-Barnasch, Steirer - Österstedt, Kesteloot.
ESPONJA tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
Starters: Dumitrache - Eriksen, Orta, Berrak, Matute Suso - Duvall, Looby, Găman, Lathière - Domdal, Taddia.
The strategy for ESPONJA was to use their ability to press.
The pressing tactics used by ESPONJA were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
gave the visitors the lead 24 minutes into the match to make it 0 - 1. The goal was scored from the penalty spot after a handball in the penalty area.
ESPONJA's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
Halftime score was 0 - 1.
Atlètic claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 57 percent.
56 minutes into the game, J. Matute Suso
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came 简. 诺明 (Nuoming)
charged down the left and had a wonderful opportunity to score the equaliser for Atlètic, but the shot went well wide of the goal.
The bench was restless, and with 62 minutes passed Atlètic's coach gave R. van Rhijn
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. M. Steirer
reluctantly left the field.
Unhappy with the result so far in the game, the Atlètic manager used a brief break in play after 62 minutes to give the players new directives.
ESPONJA's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends.
was called on to replace Atlètic's M. Österstedt
after 75 minutes following a nasty collision.
Atlètic had most of the ball, with 65 percent of possession.
Atlètic's best player was S. Kesteloot
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
ESPONJA's top performer was clearly G. Găman
However, 简. 诺明 (Nuoming)
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 0 - 1.