Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 23969 at Wardens Dome
today. Mariano Mascareñas
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Frank A. Preto
and Stef Diks
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Wardens.
They fielded: Ironside - Silvering, Saavedra Martín, Topal - Bevil, Dierauf, Mundt, Bedsted, Gascon - Tautrimas, Pistarà.
Savivaldiečiai decided to use a 5-4-1 set up.
Starters: Smith - Sigl, Langaitis, Sanz, Gily, Rossetti - Băban, Eberhard, Josefsson, Masson - Rossi.
The wings were the focus of most of Savivaldiečiai's attacks today.
Wardens could have put themselves ahead after 2 minutes but S. Topal
missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right.
Wardens took the lead, 1 - 0, after a penalty 17 minutes into the match. D. Tautrimas
scored from the penalty spot.
tied the game at 1 - 1 after 29 minutes, when he converted an incredible pass from the right.
1 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Wardens, with 58 percent of the ball.
Wardens's S. Topal
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 57 minutes.
Attacking on the wings was the choice for Savivaldiečiai, and they were successfully passing the ball from the middle to the wings to attack.
The terraces were silenced after 62 minutes when Savivaldiečiai's G. Sigl
put the guests ahead 1 - 2, following an attack on the right.
Players in Savivaldiečiai heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
could have put his team up another goal 74 minutes into the game, after a rush down the left, but his closing shot hit the post.
With 75 minutes played, the Wardens coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. G. Thuli
came on, H. Dierauf
had to leave the fray.
Wardens needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 75 minutes F. Pistarà
made way for M. D'Adorante
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Wardens's A. Bevil
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 75 minutes. N. Sougias
was given a chance to change things around.
With the clock showing 75 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Wardens resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by J. Silvering
in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high.
With 79 minutes played, Savivaldiečiai put themselves up 1 - 3 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was F. Eberhard
Wardens had most of the ball, with 60 percent of possession.
performed admirably for Wardens.
was a disappointment, however.
Savivaldiečiai's top performer was clearly G. Sigl
However, G. Băban
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 3.