37895 punters turned up at Omuiño Arena
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Régis Bussy
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Alexandro Fisher
and Hikmet Dişbulak
Blancarado decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Liiceanu - Johansson, Yarza, Cieślarczyk - Clark, Combee, Špakovskis, Morzhakov, Gilboa - van Westerloo, Hellbo.
Sunshine started off with a 5-3-2 lineup.
Starters: Vukasović - Sandøy, Gibka, Vilar de Santos, Nazeef, Talavera - Di Tizio, Pousinho, Passas - Zatylny, Olabarri.
Sunshine were relying on their ability to counter-attack.
Blancarado's M. Morzhakov
left the field after 14 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was M. Churilov
Sunshine played a good counterattacking move down the left 35 minutes into the match, with A. Di Tizio
finishing well for 0 - 1.
Blancarado tried to even things up by sending a long ball towards the centrally placed strikers, but the visitors' defence got the best of this rather direct style of play.
With 41 minutes played, P. Passas
of Sunshine fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
behaved like an inexperienced youth player after 42 minutes as he gave the ball away to A. Hellbo
. Lucky for him though, there was no goal.
With 44 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Sunshine resulted in a counterattack that set M. Zatylny
free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save.
The referee showed Blancarado's J. Clark
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Halftime score was 0 - 1.
Blancarado enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 81 percent of possession.
A. Di Tizio
stunned the crowd with a brilliant counterattack from the left, giving Sunshine the goal to make it 0 - 2.
wanted to play on, but the Sunshine coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 74 minutes into the game by A. Kukurin
After 84 minutes, Sunshine surprised their opponents with a breakaway counter attack. The defenders had to resort to a foul to stop it. The free kick that followed was a clever indirect effort that almost succeeded, but the defence read the situation well and the intended recipient was left ruing what might have been.
Blancarado claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 83 percent.
Most important Blancarado player was D. Combee
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Sunshine's top performer was clearly J. Olabarri
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 0 - 2.