The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 18861 had shown up at El Pozo de los Humos
for the match. Carmine Oliva
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Vaggos Skartados
and Quinto Rehmann
MasuecoTeam had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Lineup: Elberts - Mcwhorter, García, Vasconcelos - Baron von Zweybrücken, Romão, Valderramal, Verntallat, Orrantia - Berstad, Haagmans.
Blancarado decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Liiceanu - Vasconcelos, Stringa, Cieślarczyk - Clark, Combee, Špakovskis, Morzhakov, Gilboa - van Westerloo, Hellbo.
Underestimation of the opposition made Blancarado players perform way below their normal capacity.
MasuecoTeam tried to focus their attacks down the middle.
36 minutes into the match and the home team took a 1 - 0 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for MasuecoTeam was F. Baron von Zweybrücken
After 44 minutes, MasuecoTeam's J. Valderramal
fell awkwardly, but was determined to stay in the match. That's the spirit!
MasuecoTeam were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up centrally.
The referee was not popular with the home supporters after he awarded Blancarado a controversial penalty after 44 minutes. M. Morzhakov
made no mistake, levelling the score at 1 - 1.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 1.
MasuecoTeam had most of the ball, with 60 percent of possession.
The Blancarado players had looked too sure of themselves in the first half. Several of the players managed to break this attitude as the second half started, realising they would not be able to win unless they also put in the hard work.
MasuecoTeam players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead.
After a fine move down the middle E. Haagmans
nearly gave the home side a goal after 56 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide.
It was obvious that team MasuecoTeam had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
87 minutes in, MasuecoTeam's T. Orrantia
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
MasuecoTeam enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 61 percent of possession.
The most dominating MasuecoTeam player was without a doubt J. Valderramal
On the other hand, K. Mcwhorter
's play was disheartening.
Blancarado's best player was M. Morzhakov
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 1 - 1.