Clouds darkened the skies at CRAKOVIA estadi
as 21591 spectators turned up for the match. Narcis Dragnea
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jeroen van Ankeren
and Bent Enevold
CRAKOVIA started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Reiss - Zarpas, Tuninetti, Cavado - Ferráez, Martinoski, Verschelde, Ruess, Kótai - Hayman, Bartolucci.
zendepor had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Sarchiapelli - Di Pietro, Yepes, Mehlhorn - Ramakers, Hvilshøj, Smulders, Størseth, Węglewski - Hegger, Gómez de Rivero.
The strategy for zendepor was to use their ability to press.
sailed high above the opponents as he headed in a corner kick from J. Węglewski
after 2 minutes of play, making the score 0 - 1.
zendepor mounted an inspired counterattack down the right wing after 10 minutes, but N. Gómez de Rivero
was unable to convert from short range.
CRAKOVIA 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.
At this time in the match, zendepor were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game.
zendepor's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
0 - 1 was the score after the first half.
CRAKOVIA claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 69 percent.
was just a finger's breadth away from an equaliser for CRAKOVIA with a strike from the left, but L. Sarchiapelli
managed to ward the shot off for a corner.
The coach of zendepor was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 60 minutes, T. Holtwick
came on for M. Ramakers
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 71 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. H. Zies
was the replacement.
CRAKOVIA were close to equalising with a spectacular free kick by G. Martinoski
after 77 minutes, but L. Sarchiapelli
made a great save, tipping it to a corner.
CRAKOVIA's A. Bartolucci
almost tied things up with 82 minutes played after breaking through on the right, but his shot deflected off the post.
CRAKOVIA put pressure on the visitors' central defence 84 minutes into the game, but P. Ferráez
couldn't find an opening.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by CRAKOVIA, with 68 percent of the ball.
CRAKOVIA's best player was R. Tuninetti
However, E. Hayman
made a disastrous appearance.
zendepor's top performer was clearly N. Gómez de Rivero
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 0 - 1.