Clear skies welcomed the 51963 spectators who had made their way to Emile Arena
. Trofim Romanchik
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Riccardo Varchi
and Lars Haugen
Betis had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Muscarello - De Coensel, Gottschalk, Lardet - Aldunate, von Schrottenberg, Pettersson, Chavès, Niehof - Giaccio, Onuktay.
Discord decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
Lineup: Ndidi - Di Irio, Bakarić, Montiel, Moccagatta - Kastepõld, Cortazzo, Hannl, Unzaga - Sulistyo, Lulka.
The strategy for Discord was to use their ability to press.
Making his way up the middle 26 minutes into the match, M. Niehof
almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert J. Ndidi
blocked it to keep the score level.
Discord pressed their opponents, causing the game to be a bit of a stalemate at times.
Betis took the lead 35 minutes in, as G. De Coensel
broke through on the left and put the 1 - 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper.
Halftime score was 1 - 0.
Possession in this half belonged to Betis, who controlled the ball 68 percent of the time.
increased the lead for Betis to 2 - 0, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
By now, the players in Betis felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
could have increased the lead after 56 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
Good work by the Discord defensive line after 57 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found P. Sulistyo
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
The coach of Betis was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 65 minutes, L. Vãleanu
came on for G. De Coensel
T. von Schrottenberg
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 70 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. G. Illovszky
was the replacement.
Discord needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 75 minutes J. Ndidi
made way for 钱. 昕 (Xin)
A free kick just outside of the visitors' penalty area after 76 minutes could have resulted in another goal, but 钱. 昕 (Xin)
got a hand out and tipped the ball over the bar.
Betis increased the lead as L. Vãleanu
struck to make the score 3 - 0 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
wanted to play on, but the Betis coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 81 minutes into the game by S. Trandafir
With 85 minutes played, S. Gottschalk
could have brought this one home for Betis as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
Betis had most of the ball, with 70 percent of possession.
The most dominating Betis player was without a doubt N. Pettersson
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Discord's top performer was clearly P. Sulistyo
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 0.