A brilliantly sunny day had enticed a crowd of 12000 to Fanitus areena
. Richard Clutton-Brock
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Yakir Fridman
and Giancarlo Mutis
fanit2 tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
The following players took the field: Agha Ebrahimian - Dejean, Kohonen, Kannisto - Mulders, Kawulok, Kondor, 望嵩 (Wangsong) - de la Calle, Gavranović, Snell.
Lappeenranta had chosen a strategic 5-3-2 formation.
Starters: Parreño - Aponte, Thanailakis, Fattor, Graat, Fuhrmann - Frydryk, Launiainen, Veldermann - Turkstra, Kaskela.
Lappeenranta immediately set off using their skill at pressing their opponents.
As the 1 minute mark approached, the Lappeenranta coach decided it was time for a substitution. E. Frydryk
reluctantly made way for J. Vermant
on the pitch.
Many thought L. Kawulok
ought to have been awarded a penalty 16 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around M. Parreño
after a determined run through the middle.
They were singing the praises of A. Gavranović
22 minutes into the match after his speculative chip from the middle of the penalty box found its way over the visitors' keeper to make the score 1 - 0 to fanit2.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 0.
fanit2 had most of the ball, with 66 percent of possession.
48 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as M. Mulders
broke through, making the score 2 - 0 for fanit2.
Lappeenranta's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
71 minutes into the game, I. Kaskela
finished off a Lappeenranta left wing counterattack, making the score 2 - 1.
After 80 minutes Lappeenranta's J. Turkstra
contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game.
fanit2's L. Kawulok
was shown a yellow card after 81 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
fanit2 enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 66 percent of possession.
fanit2's best player was M. Kondor
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Most important Lappeenranta player was I. Kaskela
On the other hand, O. Fuhrmann
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 1.