The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 17271 had shown up at A.C.11 Arena
for the match. Fredrik Josefsson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Xavier Moren Brito
and Per Carlsen
SiDi decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
They fielded: Korsgaard - van Eijsden, Queffelec, Indriksons, Guillet - Diczkó, Ben Khliffa, Raduszewski, Seppola - Rossjö, Moreau.
Gerolfingen had chosen a strategic 3-4-3 formation.
The following players took the field: El-Tariq - Ebben, Burch, Jacquart - Berkheimer, Gauthier, Weyermann, Weinstock - Massenzio, Verduyn, Korhonen.
For their match strategy, SiDi had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Gerolfingen clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle.
SiDi's Y. Moreau
was shown a yellow card after 10 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
The visiting B. Verduyn
was booed thoroughly by the home crowd 15 minutes into the game, after he broke through the middle and scored, resulting in the visitors taking the lead. 0 - 1 was the score.
was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper. However, Gerolfingen's M. Jacquart
managed to get hold of the rebound and tucked the ball into the empty net. 0 - 2
After 18 minutes, an incisive pass through the middle gave M. Korhonen
a chance to increase the lead for Gerolfingen, and he did not disappoint. The score was then 0 - 3.
got a fingertip on M. Jacquart
's shot from the left 19 minutes in, and managed to keep the visitors from going up another goal.
Good work by the SiDi defensive line after 20 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found F. Seppola
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
With 29 minutes played, Gerolfingen put themselves up 0 - 4 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was R. Berkheimer
After this, you could see that the players of Gerolfingen were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
36 minutes in, Gerolfingen's M. Jacquart
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
The visitors' F. Gauthier
took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side's goalie and centre backs 39 minutes into the match. 0 - 5 for Gerolfingen.
It was 0 - 5 at the break.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Gerolfingen, with 63 percent of the ball.
The Gerolfingen players could smell victory in the air. M. Jacquart
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for I. Seitz
after 46 minutes.
The Gerolfingen captaincy was handed to K. Burch
The home side worked their way through the middle and almost got one back when D. Rossjö
tried to sneak the ball past the keeper. I. El-Tariq
was too alert for that!
Gerolfingen's L. Weyermann
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 56 minutes having been played. H. Brugger
was the replacement.
Gerolfingen had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks.
After 62 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for I. Seitz
who increased Gerolfingen's lead to 0 - 6.
SiDi's J. Raduszewski
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 68 minutes.
73 minutes into the game, I. Seitz
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came T. Bitunjac
The home keeper was stunned 75 minutes into the match when he misjudged the free kick by K. Burch
and dived in the wrong direction. The visitors increased the lead to 0 - 7.
SiDi reduced the lead to 1 - 7 with 76 minutes on the clock when A. Diczkó
got the best of a ball floated in from the left.
After 77 minutes SiDi's E. Indriksons
contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game.
After 81 minutes, Gerolfingen's T. Bitunjac
burst through the central defence and let loose a cannonball of a shot, scoring for 1 - 8.
Gerolfingen had most of the ball, with 63 percent of possession.
The most dominating SiDi player was without a doubt D. Rossjö
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Gerolfingen.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 1 - 8.