Dark skies made the crowd of 32747 at Astur Stadium
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Owen Boucher
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Dominik Jansen
and Georges Weisshaar
Astur started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Starters: Jaramillo - Birçe, Kyros, Ocampo - Hammerschmid, Gaiffe, Effenberg, Pannullo - Viyuela, Paju, Dikk.
Trufis had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation.
The following players took the field: Zapico - Raja-aho, Keçi, Szubert, Solano - Sagastizabal, Łabaj, Haase, Limar, Villanueva - Yarritu.
18 minutes into the game, a swerving free kick by G. Hammerschmid
almost resulted in the home team taking the lead, but the shot glanced harmlessly off the frame of the goal.
Trufis almost scored after a swift counterattack 33 minutes into the game, but A. Szubert
put the shot from the left flank just outside the goal.
Astur's E. Effenberg
tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders.
It was 0 - 0 at the break.
Trufis enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when I. Sagastizabal
slipped through the defence on the right to come up alone against G. Jaramillo
, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning reflexes.
Astur's G. Jaramillo
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 56 minutes having been played. C. Puţanu
was the replacement.
61 minutes into the match, Trufis nearly took the lead, as I. Sagastizabal
broke through on the right. C. Puţanu
made the save, however.
caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 83 minutes. This gave Astur the 1 - 0 lead.
Possession was split evenly between the teams.
Most important Astur player was C. Gaiffe
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating Trufis player was without a doubt H. Łabaj
However, J. Zapico
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 0.