36649 spectators arrived at Finn Fields
, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Tore Løvlien
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Herman Boshouwers
and Oscar Muñoz
The derby had been the talk of Zürich
all week and fans of both teams could be seen throughout the stadium.
United had chosen a strategic 3-4-3 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Renoud - Silves, Hari, Bleichröder - Achoqalla, Hochweber, Schwab, Bensebbou - Marciszewski, Le Chapelain, Bologni.
Argovian started off with a 4-5-1 lineup.
They fielded: Menichetti - Nateri, Damen, Tøfting, Miranda - Stefkó, Camus, Strasser, Mingo, Charúkchiev - Nenna.
25 minutes into the match, the United manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave M. Le Chapelain
from United a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 33 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
's speed was almost enough to give United a goal after 36 minutes, but his nice pass to D. Bologni
was not taken care of properly.
Making his way up the middle 37 minutes into the match, M. Le Chapelain
almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert F. Menichetti
blocked it to keep the score level.
39 minutes into the game, K. Damen
was a hair's breadth away from giving Argovian the lead with a shot from over on the left. A prompt block by R. Renoud
saved the home team that time.
looked great 42 minutes into the match after stopping a shot from the middle of the penalty area from the visitors' E. Nateri
0 - 0 was the halftime score.
Argovian had most of the ball, with 52 percent of possession.
With the match clock at 48 minutes, United modified their style of play a little bit.
After 48 minutes, the United coach had a quick word about the tactical set-up and decided to try another approach.
The coach of United wanted to try to change things around after 59 minutes, and gave new tactical instructions.
A well placed corner kick from J. Tøfting
was followed by C. Camus
's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Argovian, the score now 0 - 1.
The United coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change strategy.
United tried to even things up by sending a long ball towards the centrally placed strikers, but the visitors' defence got the best of this rather direct style of play.
Argovian came close to extending their lead as J. Tøfting
delivered a low effort on goal from the right after 72 minutes, but the angle was too narrow and the shot went harmlessly into the side netting.
Due to some great work on the right wing United's D. Bologni
was able to even the score after 76 minutes to make the score 1 - 1.
77 minutes into the game, Argovian wanted to bring some new energy to their game. J. Mingo
gave C. Clément
a quick hug as he left the field.
After 77 minutes, the Argovian coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving K. Damen
off the field. R. Dujmov
took his place.
The Argovian captaincy was handed to E. Nateri
After 84 minutes, A. Bensebbou
came in from the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to make the score 2 - 1, giving United the lead.
Argovian enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
The most dominating United player was without a doubt D. Bologni
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Argovian.
On the other hand, F. Menichetti
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 1.