Dark skies made the crowd of 29253 at FC tacklers Arena
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Florian Schellendorff
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Emmanuel Dousset
and Xesús Vierzón
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for tacklers.
The following players had been chosen: Thomas - Colombi, Marín Alonso, Eccleston, Zanegin - Menonen, Ordúz, Forslius, Mentruyt - Lienhard, Wuillemin.
palloilijat started off with a 5-4-1 lineup.
Starters: Pardo Melón - Domingues Silva, Bonka, Lommi, Lebeau, Yngvesson - Lemström, Ukkola, Lehmus, Rajanummi - Ruohonen.
tacklers clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
Going for long shots seemed to be the strategy in use by palloilijat.
tacklers had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 5 minutes, but L. Ordúz
's shot from the left sailed high over the bar.
The terraces were silenced after 25 minutes when palloilijat's P. Lemström
put the guests ahead 0 - 1, following an attack on the right.
After 28 minutes tacklers's C. Eccleston
contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 30 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. T. Prone
was the replacement.
With their counter attack move halted 32 minutes into the game, tacklers were left with a free kick. The ball is passed straight through to the other end of the penalty area, with hopes for it to reach T. Wuillemin
. However, he didn't have his wits about him and the ball went out.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1.
Possession in this half belonged to palloilijat, who controlled the ball 65 percent of the time.
The palloilijat players could smell victory in the air. P. Ukkola
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for J. Penttilä
after 46 minutes.
Against a lesser team, palloilijat could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 48 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save.
really should have scored when he was chosen by fate to confront a wide open goal following a great play by T. Yngvesson
after a corner.
tacklers's counterattack was impressive and was only stopped by a shocking foul. Somehow, the referee's cards remained in his pocket - a terrible decision! C. Eccleston
's resulting free kick was easily saved by the keeper.
palloilijat enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 64 percent of possession.
tacklers's top performer was clearly L. Ordúz
However, T. Mentruyt
made a disastrous appearance.
J. Pardo Melón
performed admirably for palloilijat.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 0 - 1.