Clear skies welcomed the 36569 spectators who had made their way to European Stadium
. Ezequiel do Mato
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Arnaud Roulin
and Volker Brödersdorf
Europa had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: McDermott - Rutelli, Bali, Mizin - Colomer, Chevrier, Tumini, Grbić, Mihăilă - Carratalà, Hasheminasab.
Pluto decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players took the field: Račok - Ahrens, Znibar, Prankner - Hedilla, Freymundsson, Ibrahim, Panov, Penín - Villegas, Panepucci.
Europa took the lead after 10 minutes as a result of I. Grbić
's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 1 - 0.
Pluto's B. Hedilla
got himself booked for a foul.
With 27 minutes played, Europa's V. Mizin
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
Europa's M. Carratalà
had an excellent opportunity after 33 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
34 minutes were showing on the scoreboard when Pluto's B. Hedilla
received his second yellow card and was sent off.
Pluto had a chance to level the score as A. Penín
suddenly found himself free in the middle of the box with only the keeper to beat, but he misjudged the finish, and only managed to hit the bar.
Halftime score was 1 - 0.
Europa enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 61 percent of possession.
A great save by keeper I. Račok
after 53 minutes kept the visitors in the game after D. Mihăilă
struck from the left with a real cannonball.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. L. Tumini
squirmed through their central defence after 60 minutes, increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
The home side's L. Bali
came close to extending the lead 71 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but I. Račok
managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
72 minutes in, Europa's C. Rutelli
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Pluto's N. Panov
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 77 minutes.
Europa's L. Tumini
saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 78 minutes.
After 79 minutes, I. Ibrahim
replied with a fantastic free kick and the ball went in off the bar. 2 - 1.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Europa's M. Carratalà
increasing the lead to 3 - 1.
Europa claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 60 percent.
performed admirably for Europa.
However, C. Rutelli
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating Pluto player was without a doubt I. Ibrahim
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 3 - 1.