Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Arena of Lucerne
saw a crowd turnout of 49614. Valerio Filippone
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Martin Persson
and Spartaco Martoni
The lions decided to use a 2-5-3 set up.
Lineup: Fašánok - Pelzmann, Mpezas - Elhami, Siré, Ruhleben, Pieringer, Steimer - Cicala, Ghiurca, Paullin.
Argovian started off with a 4-5-1 lineup.
The following players took the field: Menichetti - Nateri, Damen, Tøfting, Miranda - Stefkó, Camus, Clément, Strasser, Charúkchiev - Nenna.
The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 19 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from I. Paullin
, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing.
The lions solidified their lead at the 38 minute mark, as S. Mpezas
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 2 - 0.
With 39 minutes played, The lions's S. Elhami
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
Halftime score was 2 - 0.
The lions claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 61 percent.
With 58 minutes played, U. Cicala
could have brought this one home for The lions as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
The The lions players could smell victory in the air. W. Pieringer
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for L. Godel
after 60 minutes.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. I. Paullin
squirmed through their central defence after 61 minutes, increasing the lead to 3 - 0.
The coach of The lions was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 61 minutes, D. Giachin
came on for I. Paullin
was handed the The lions captain's armband.
After a short break after 61 minutes, The lions seemed to change their tactical approach a bit.
Argovian's I. Charúkchiev
was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the opposition's box - A. Nenna
managed to volley one of them into the net to make it 3 - 1 after 81 minutes.
had a fantastic opportunity to put The lions up another goal 82 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
wanted to play on, but the The lions coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 83 minutes into the game by E. Rorato
The lions's U. Cicala
had an excellent opportunity after 85 minutes, shooting after receiving a pass from the right hand side, but he missed the goal by miles!
The lions enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 63 percent of possession.
performed admirably for The lions.
However, E. Rorato
made a disastrous appearance.
Argovian's best player was C. Camus
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 3 - 1.