25000 punters turned up at Installation 04
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Johannes Luomajärvi
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Billy Delgado
and Siem van Dulmen
Köln started off with a 4-5-1 lineup.
They fielded: Lödige - Helminen, Wihan, Papakaliatis, Peralta - Weiland, Schwarzhoff, Pleske, Karlsruhe, Elormendi - Kraak.
Strießen tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Schum - Kompalka, Virlet, Hierstetter - Kiekeberg, Hölz, Einöder, Kallenberg, Molnár - Ratkowski, Hieblinger.
Köln made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left C. Schwarzhoff
completely alone with keeper B. Schum
, who made a spectacular block.
Köln took the lead after 32 minutes as a result of W. Karlsruhe
's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 1 - 0.
It was 1 - 0 at the break.
Köln claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 69 percent.
With 74 minutes played, C. Schwarzhoff
of Köln fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
really should have scored when he was chosen by fate to confront a wide open goal following a great play by L. Kallenberg
after a corner.
After 78 minutes, W. Karlsruhe
put Köln ahead 2 - 0 when he rose to head in a cross from the right wing.
By now, the players in Köln felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
nearly reduced the lead 81 minutes into the game, but a splendid one-handed save by R. Lödige
prevented the attempt coming in from the right flank from hitting the back of the net.
Köln had most of the ball, with 71 percent of possession.
Köln's best player was J. Helminen
On the other hand, A. Weiland
's play was disheartening.
The most dominating Strießen player was without a doubt M. Ratkowski
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 0.