It had rained all day, but 58930 hardy fans still made it out to Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
. Armin Zitzenbacher
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Armiche Pavia Marques
and Kasper Zwart
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Russian.
The following players had been chosen: Fenollet - Terri, Leprêtre, Sasi - Koklītis, Askola, Tuomimaa, Diaconu, Runtti - Lagerlund, Cantón-Salazar.
Knights decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
They fielded: Zuloaga - Dijkhuizen, Catoira, Gligor - Cuevas, Gurskiy, Wilnis, van Schuppen, Duţu - Papuc, Počina.
Russian were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
Today, Knights's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
Players in Russian heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
Russian broke through on the left 15 minutes into the game, with H. Lagerlund
firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead.
After 35 minutes a very unfortunate collision in the penalty area led to Knights's E. Zuloaga
being carried off the pitch and replaced by H. Moll
A lovely run by Knights's J. Cuevas
left his markers for dead and should have resulted in a goal, but the finish went just wide.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave A. Diaconu
from Russian a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 43 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Russian had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to focus on wing attacks instead.
Russian's L. Leprêtre
increased the lead to 2 - 0, after he saw his shot go between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper following some good play down the right wing after 44 minutes.
was uncomfortable with the soggy pitch as he couldn't move the ball around with his usual grace.
It was 2 - 0 at the break.
Knights had most of the ball, with 53 percent of possession.
In the lead, Russian adjusted their style of play with 46 minutes gone.
48 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as S. Runtti
broke through, making the score 3 - 0 for Russian.
Russian managed to extend their lead to 4 - 0 when S. Runtti
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
After this, you could see that the players of Russian were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
With 56 minutes played, Russian's T. Tuomimaa
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
In an effort to secure the lead, Russian changed their tactic after 61 minutes.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Knights, with 54 percent of the ball.
Russian's best player was A. Koklītis
was a disappointment, however.
Most important Knights player was B. Počina
On the other hand, H. Moll
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 4 - 0.