Clear skies welcomed the 17943 spectators who had made their way to Am Großen Garten
. Justus Turschl
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Charles Schinharl
and Jorge Pichot
Strießen had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Schum - Kompalka, Virlet, Hierstetter, Ulasevich - Kiekeberg, Hölz, Kallenberg, Molnár - Ratkowski, Hieblinger.
Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Stefanou - Hilf, Waldthausen, Adanović - Sythen, Baartz, Geissbühler, Grabiel, Costea - Kiriakidis, Ramhult.
Strießen were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
came close to putting the visiting team one up 13 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but B. Schum
managed to tip the ball to a corner.
Strießen took the lead 15 minutes in, as K. Ulasevich
broke through on the left and put the 1 - 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper.
Strießen's W. Hölz
was shown a yellow card after 18 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor had a chance to level the score as L. Hilf
suddenly found himself free in the middle of the box with only the keeper to beat, but he misjudged the finish, and only managed to hit the bar.
Given a free kick close to the byline, Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let A. Kiriakidis
slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 1 - 1, 26 minutes into the game.
Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor's D. Baartz
gave the visitors a 1 - 2 lead after 32 minutes with a superb strike from the right.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor, who controlled the ball 59 percent of the time.
The crowd was on its feet 49 minutes into the match, as Strießen's K. Ulasevich
found himself unmarked in front of the goal after a dash up the left side. He calmly put away the 2 - 2 equaliser.
With 67 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. A. Kiriakidis
put the ball away for 2 - 3.
After 68 minutes of play, T. Hieblinger
equalised for Strießen after an elegant attack from the right.
A mistake by the home side's central defence after 74 minutes allowed H. Ramhult
to score for Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor. The scoreboard now read 3 - 4.
The home crowd was not impressed when A. Kiriakidis
came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 75 minutes. Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor were now up 3 - 5.
At that, A. Kiriakidis
was noted down for a hat trick!
77 minutes into the match, the visitors put themselves ahead 3 - 6 as A. Geissbühler
finished off an attack from the left with a spectacular scissors kick.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave D. Baartz
from Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 81 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Strießen's T. Hieblinger
left the field after 83 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was W. Schwarzenbrunner
Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 64 percent of possession.
Strießen's best player was M. Ratkowski
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for Grau-Weiß-Düsseldor.
However, E. Waldthausen
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 3 - 6.