20600 punters turned up at RSV Arena
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Álvaro Moniz
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Marlo Inauen
and Budi Asrdiansyah
Rückwärts had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Génovèse - Poledno, Stawiany, Vanhamel - Polhorský, Charbonnel, Bate, Oberhauser, Kastanidis - Isoardi, Shufflebotham.
GACAPO started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
Lineup: Pangerwitz - Rökker, Pogwisch, Legat - Dörp, Bemben, Paeckel, Mitterer, Cornberg - Bardzki, Milchstrasse.
Rückwärts seemed to prefer attacking in the middle.
It was an obvious ambition of GACAPO to use their ability at attacking on the flanks.
Rückwärts players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead.
Rückwärts's I. Stawiany
tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders.
of Rückwärts was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
GACAPO's F. Bardzki
left the field after 25 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was M. Treumer
After some beautiful movement down the left wing, V. Shufflebotham
scored for Rückwärts putting them ahead 1 - 0, after 26 minutes.
GACAPO's D. Cornberg
got himself booked for a foul.
31 minutes into the game, I. Stawiany
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came O. Tobiassen
GACAPO's right side looked dangerous 35 minutes in, but S. Génovèse
made a good save on G. Bemben
's hard shot to the top corner.
It was obvious that team Rückwärts had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. V. Shufflebotham
squirmed through their central defence after 36 minutes, increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
After this, you could see that the players of Rückwärts were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
GACAPO certainly deserved a goal after some stunning play down the left, but G. Rökker
just wasn't able to finish.
2 - 0 was the halftime score.
Rückwärts enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 55 percent of possession.
After 50 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by S. Vanhamel
might have resulted in another goal for Rückwärts. However, T. Pangerwitz
made a spectacular save.
With 68 minutes played, the GACAPO coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. E. Bleibler
came on, D. Cornberg
had to leave the fray.
Rückwärts increased the lead as L. Bate
struck to make the score 3 - 0 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
Rückwärts solidified their lead at the 87 minute mark, as O. Tobiassen
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 4 - 0.
should probably have put his team up another goal after 88 minutes after breaking through the middle, but some great goalkeeping by T. Pangerwitz
kept the visitors in the game.
Rückwärts had most of the ball, with 51 percent of possession.
Rückwärts's best player was P. Isoardi
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for GACAPO.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 4 - 0.