30075 spectators arrived at Drink Team Arena
, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Gustaw Łój
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Augusto Zafra
and Otto Franzl
Valladolid tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Dekel - Handa, Valero, Tichy - Stümpen, Esqueda, Russo, Solla, Sapone - Halskov, Soler.
Toledo started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Dragounakis - Haapea, Buraco, Triana - Benjamin, Boffi, Omur, Tricomi, Narvi - Bosc, Kolnik.
Valladolid tried to focus their attacks down the middle.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Toledo.
With 10 minutes played, L. Benjamin
of Toledo fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
Valladolid's M. Sapone
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 16 minutes.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave A. Kolnik
from Toledo a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 33 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Halftime score was 0 - 0.
Valladolid enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 66 percent of possession.
sailed high above the opponents as he headed in a corner kick from E. Russo
after 51 minutes of play, making the score 1 - 0.
Valladolid players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Valladolid's F. Solla
increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
A great save by keeper M. Dragounakis
after 65 minutes kept the visitors in the game after R. Valero
struck from the left with a real cannonball.
After 66 minutes, Toledo were awarded a free kick as their counter attack broke down. The set piece was lifted over the top, intended to open up the defence. However, the target man seemed to be taken by surprise, and could not reach the ball before it crossed the line for a goal kick.
Valladolid were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up centrally.
Valladolid's F. Solla
saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 67 minutes.
After 89 minutes, Toledo switched S. Omur
with A. Hetland
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
The bench was restless, and with 89 minutes passed Toledo's coach gave J. Balasch
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. M. Bosc
reluctantly left the field.
Toledo needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 89 minutes M. Narvi
made way for S. Craddock
Possession in this half belonged to Valladolid, who controlled the ball 69 percent of the time.
Valladolid's best player was R. Valero
However, U. Dekel
made a disastrous appearance.
performed admirably for Toledo.
On the other hand, A. Hetland
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 0.