The crowd of 26589 turning up at Nahasapeemapetilon Arena
today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Ewout van der Lubbe
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Joaquím Ramírez
and Jan Wieczorek
Continental tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
They fielded: Vérité - Hintzmann, Rus, Guerra Pereira - Lethuillier, Pönighaus, Baggesen, Santamarina - Grundwald, Criscione, Esposito.
MORO started off with a 5-4-1 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Lūsis - Duvner, Läfgren, Bax, Rolli, Obadă - Pedra, Pieth, Chapim, Westerveld - Törönen.
Today, MORO's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
Continental took the lead 3 minutes into the game by 1 - 0, as M. Grundwald
elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing off with a half-volley shot just below the bar.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. S. Esposito
squirmed through their central defence after 13 minutes, increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
The muddy pitch made the game a gritty affair, which seemed to suit O. Pedra
had a hard time on the waterlogged pitch - his trademark technique was nowhere in sight today.
increased the lead for Continental to 3 - 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!
Confident in their lead, Continental's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
It was 3 - 0 at the break.
Continental claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 52 percent.
MORO reduced the lead after 53 minutes to 3 - 1 as L. Obadă
easily chipped the ball past the home side's keeper after a dazzling play from the right.
With 55 minutes played, E. Santamarina
of Continental fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
Always quick and a menace to his opponents, S. Törönen
was very close to getting through after 57 minutes, but he could only put the ball into the keeper's arms.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 65 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. J. Albitre
was the replacement.
The visitors got one back when C. Westerveld
finished off a pass from the left and scored after 67 minutes. 3 - 2 was the score.
The crowd was silenced 68 minutes into the match as the visiting team's S. Törönen
came in from the left, levelling the score to 3 - 3.
The referee showed Continental's S. Esposito
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
was the unlucky victim and couldn't continue the game, so MORO's C. Infrangibilis
had to come off the bench.
would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. H. Meuri
entered the game for Continental as the match clock showed 80 minutes.
gave Continental the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 4 - 3
Continental put themselves up 5 - 3 when H. Meuri
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
Continental enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 59 percent of possession.
The most dominating Continental player was without a doubt F. Criscione
However, J. Albitre
made a disastrous appearance.
Most important MORO player was S. Törönen
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 5 - 3.