48677 punters turned up at Dillon Stadium
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Raul Muscalu
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Balduin Matkowitz
and Gyõzõ Pálinkó
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Valmont.
Starters: Rizzello - Heylen, Companjen, Risco - Kaal, Welten, Lodewijks, Tedoldi, Rupio - Rochas, Pannullo.
Cardinal tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
Lineup: Sierra - 鼎智 (Dingzhi), Cucchiara, Kytöviita - Westrum, Humarán, de la Fuente, De Boodt, Roncoroni - Canivet, Blake.
8 minutes into the match, the speedy R. Rochas
easily outpaced L. Kytöviita
, chipped the keeper and made the score 1 - 0.
After 11 minutes Valmont's A. Kaal
contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game.
Given a free kick close to the byline, Valmont tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let R. Rochas
slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 2 - 0, 12 minutes into the game.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Valmont's I. Lodewijks
increasing the lead to 3 - 0.
By now, the players in Valmont felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
Cardinal breathed new life into the game with an opportunity to reduce the score after 27 minutes, but the home side's defenders cleared the ball on the line, after a long shot coming in from the left rebounded off the crossbar.
Cardinal's É. Canivet
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 36 minutes.
The teams went for the halftime break at 3 - 0.
Valmont claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 59 percent.
After 50 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by R. Rochas
might have resulted in another goal for Valmont. However, V. Sierra
made a spectacular save.
After 72 minutes, the defensive line of Valmont created a counterattack through the middle that gave H. Rupio
a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
The crowd roared its approval when U. Rizzello
somehow managed to block a shot which seemed to be a certain goal by Cardinal's B. Blake
82 minutes into the game.
Valmont had most of the ball, with 57 percent of possession.
The most dominating Valmont player was without a doubt R. Rochas
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Cardinal.
On the other hand, H. De Boodt
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 3 - 0.