20183 punters turned up at Papuchi Arena
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Tore Lundstrand
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Gheorghe Tãnãsescu
and Christophe Rivas
Papuchi had chosen a strategic 5-2-3 formation.
Starters: Eufrate - Brożek, Tarnogórski, Olmo Villa, Debaisieux, Mlakar - Grosen, Paccottelli - Laguna Guillén, Mindibil, Zaiger.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Piacenza.
The following players took the field: Bierry - Keereweer, Vindeløv, Poderoso - Maeso, Cotoré, Meroni, Kertev, Kemp - Tortosa, Olivar.
For their match strategy, Papuchi had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
17 minutes had elapsed when a great chance for Papuchi to take the lead after a good cross from the right found P. Laguna Guillén
alone with the keeper, but he chipped it to the wrong side of the post.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave G. Paccottelli
from Papuchi a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 19 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
After the game, the most discussed event will probably be the penalty given after 21 minutes that gave the visitors the 0 - 1 lead. Despite the controversy, K. Vindeløv
struck home the penalty, as cool as anything.
Piacenza's K. Vindeløv
made it through the home team's defence on the right hand side 34 minutes into the match. After rounding the keeper, he only had to place the ball in the unguarded goal when a defender slid in and cleared the ball off the line.
Papuchi's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 35 minutes gone, but R. Brożek
's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper.
With 40 minutes having been played, Papuchi scored to make it 1 - 1. A dribble down the left wing, followed by a shot which took a wicked bounce off a defender resulted in the keeper having no chance. Everyone thought it'd been an own goal, but R. Mlakar
was marked down as the scorer.
Papuchi's B. Debaisieux
was shown a yellow card after 41 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
's knee will be throbbing for days, but thankfully for Piacenza, he bravely continued in the match.
Papuchi's F. Zaiger
tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders.
Piacenza took the lead after K. Vindeløv
curved a free kick into the net. 1 - 2
It was 1 - 2 at the break.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Piacenza, with 63 percent of the ball.
Piacenza's X. Olivar
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 50 minutes.
63 minutes into the game a free kick by K. Vindeløv
found its way through the home side's poorly assembled defensive formation, making Piacenza's lead 1 - 3.
That made three goals for K. Vindeløv
and he was marked down for the hat trick.
The home team's supporters got excited again when B. Debaisieux
broke through the visitors' central defence and caught their keeper off guard, making it 2 - 3.
73 minutes into the match, Papuchi's P. Laguna Guillén
maneuvered his way around the opposition on the left flank, delighting the crowd with his twists and turns. The effort paid off as the ball found the back of the net, evening the score at 3 - 3.
Having just succeeded in blocking a dangerous counter attack, the defending team was outwitted by the follow-up Papuchi free kick. The routine was expertly executed as the ball was shifted quickly to one side of the box, then back to the other. P. Laguna Guillén
appeared on cue near the post, and steered it past the goalie. 4 - 3, after 75 minutes.
Piacenza had most of the ball, with 63 percent of possession.
The most dominating Papuchi player was without a doubt P. Laguna Guillén
On the other hand, K. Tarnogórski
's play was disheartening.
Piacenza's best player was M. Tortosa
However, P. Poderoso
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 4 - 3.