Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Copón Arena
saw a crowd turnout of 34019. Ahmet Esentan
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Serban Pistol
and Troels With-Jensen
Vavenga had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Hasch - Novo, Rodríguez Marín, Johansen - Kaleta, Boguś, Troiani, Hvúrchilkov, Tzvetkov - Cornago, Korzeniec.
Caimanes decided to use a 5-5-0 set up.
The following players took the field: Canuda - Badendorf, Jazet, Wietrzykowski, Real de Asua, Touronen - Blad, Ekesparre, Longobardi, Mannikainen, Rēķis -.
Today, Vavenga's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
Caimanes immediately set off using their skill at pressing their opponents.
With 31 minutes played A. Cornago
almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide.
Caimanes's Q. Jazet
got himself booked for a foul.
Proving his experience, A. Cornago
scored 1 - 0 for Vavenga after putting some pressure on the opposing defence at a critical moment.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, A. Blad
got himself booked. The manager of Caimanes was not happy.
It was obvious that Vavenga had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
After 44 minutes, A. Cornago
put Vavenga ahead 2 - 0 when he rose to head in a cross from the right wing.
Halftime score was 2 - 0.
Vavenga had most of the ball, with 64 percent of possession.
Vavenga managed to extend their lead to 3 - 0 when W. Korzeniec
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
By now, the players in Vavenga felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
The referee showed Vavenga's W. Korzeniec
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
The corner kick from D. Longobardi
was powerfully met by the head of M. Wietrzykowski
to make the score 3 - 1.
The home side's W. Korzeniec
came close to extending the lead 78 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but J. Canuda
managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
Caimanes needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 80 minutes A. Blad
made way for C. Sarphati
Vavenga enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 67 percent of possession.
Vavenga's top performer was clearly A. Cornago
However, V. Novo
made a disastrous appearance.
performed admirably for Caimanes.
On the other hand, C. Sarphati
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 3 - 1.