Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Necopen 400 Arena
saw a crowd turnout of 31598. Max Falell
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Bent Nordkvist
and Hubert Jaspers
Fans of both teams had been eagerly awaiting this Comunitat Valenciana
derby and were doing their best to outshout their opponents.
Necopen tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
Lineup: Muralla - Bosque, Moreno Cervera, Jiménez Xixona, Polo - Hiltunen, Serrand, Mayans, Weissenfels - Kramsl, Zúñiga Mora.
Pepino decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Báscones - Gerzson, Velzunza, Lambertz - Villacorta, Salazar, Albalá, Dingemanse, Cereixo - Jaramillo, Lo Iacono.
Necopen fans held their breath as H. Kramsl
scampered down the left side. He successfully avoided all challenges and cracked home the shot for 1 - 0!
Pepino's L. Gerzson
was shown a yellow card after 7 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
In a fantastic display of determination, Necopen's C. Mayans
forced himself to his feet, after an opponent viciously knocked him down.
9 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as H. Kramsl
broke through, making the score 2 - 0 for Necopen.
10 minutes in, Necopen's T. Bosque
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Pepino were desperate to get a goal back and pushed forward through the middle 12 minutes into the game. After a scramble in the box, the ball dropped to A. Albalá
, who smashed it home to make the score 2 - 1.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Necopen's A. Jiménez Xixona
increasing the lead to 3 - 1.
3 - 1 was the halftime score.
Necopen enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
The referee showed Pepino's A. Villacorta
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
J. Moreno Cervera
had a fantastic opportunity to put Necopen up another goal 72 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as Necopen scored another to make it 4 - 1 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for A. Polo
after 76 minutes.
The players of Necopen now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
Necopen's A. Polo
had an excellent opportunity after 80 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
After 82 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and J. Moreno Cervera
gave the Necopen supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 5 - 1.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Necopen, with 53 percent of the ball.
Necopen's best player was A. Polo
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for Pepino.
On the other hand, I. Báscones
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 5 - 1.