A scorching day at LDK UniteD Arena
, where 49313 spectators were in place for today's match. Gaffar Çile
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Cédric Mathieu
and Wilfred Henniphof
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for UNited.
The following players had been chosen: Podvoiskis - Farley, Larsen, Castelain, Nurkov - Narcisi, van Lunteren, Kollegger, Madureira - Rychel, Joniškāns.
Meilužis tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
Lineup: Waddell - van der Brand, Arreche, Lahtiranta - Mastihuba, Severi, Ringuet, Treinauskas, Tanskanen - Sekmokas, Krivopustas.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Meilužis.
G. van der Brand
had a good try after 7 minutes, coming in on a fine move from the left, but the ball went wide.
With 17 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 1 - 0 lead as P. Joniškāns
flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
of UNited received a yellow card after 18 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
should probably have put his team up another goal after 23 minutes, but some great goalkeeping by J. Waddell
kept the visitors in the game.
Meilužis's M. Severi
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 29 minutes.
UNited's P. Joniškāns
lived up to his reputation for finding unexpected ways to get the ball in the net when he sent a nifty little pass over to A. Rychel
who finished for 2 - 0 with 31 minutes of the match played.
was first to reach a ball launched long through the center from Meilužis's defence 38 minutes into the game. He managed to keep his cool and beat the goalkeeper to make the score 2 - 1.
enjoyed the sunshine and demonstrated his stunning technique over and over again.
The home side's L. Castelain
came close to extending the lead 40 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but J. Waddell
managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
Having been awarded a free kick in an awkward position after 42 minutes, UNited did not go for a shot but instead fired the ball hard into the 6 yard box. After a brief tussle with his marker, S. Farley
was able to power the ball past the keeper to make the score 3 - 1.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, A. Mastihuba
got himself booked. The manager of Meilužis was not happy.
Halftime score was 3 - 1.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by UNited, with 66 percent of the ball.
Coming from the right, R. van Lunteren
almost managed to score another goal for UNited, but his header was tipped over the bar by the visitors' keeper.
G. van der Brand
found it hard to catch his breath today in the stifling heat.
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Meilužis's P. Tanskanen
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 80 minutes. J. Polukejevas
was given a chance to change things around.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as UNited scored another to make it 4 - 1 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for S. Larsen
after 80 minutes.
With 83 minutes played, the Meilužis coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. J. Vienius
came on, A. Mastihuba
had to leave the fray.
UNited were given a gift! The ref dubiously awarded them a penalty 83 minutes into the match, which was neatly put away by A. Rychel
. 5 - 1 for the home side.
of UNited was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
UNited enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 63 percent of possession.
UNited's best player was S. Larsen
However, P. Podvoiskis
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating Meilužis player was without a doubt G. Ringuet
G. van der Brand
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 5 - 1.