The 5245 fans in attendance at Zechs Arena
were roasting in the hot sun. Ofir Melamed
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Henny Vandaele
and Ryan Esch
Zechs decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Aubel - Darraji, Gomide, Pouré - Draoui, Duru, Bosquet, Fallourd, Rabin - Rogier, Richard.
Nantes had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation.
Lineup: Guegan - Sagnol, Fournet, Arizmendi López, Pitulice - Slutu, Rubagotti, Colmelo, Karaoğlu, Pontonnier - Asböck.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Nantes.
Zechs broke through on the left 15 minutes into the game, with D. Fallourd
firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead.
knocked one home from a counterattack down the right wing, making the score 1 - 1 after 34 minutes.
1 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Zechs enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 57 percent of possession.
The heat made it a terrible day for B. Karaoğlu
, who seemed unable to keep up with the other players.
Good work by the Nantes defensive line after 64 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found N. Colmelo
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
The referee signaled a penalty for the home side after 77 minutes, amid vocal protests from the visitors. Zechs fans erupted in celebration as R. Richard
rifled the ball into the the top corner. 2 - 1!
After 78 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by N. Duru
might have resulted in another goal for Zechs. However, J. Guegan
made a spectacular save.
The counterattacks of Nantes were deadly and 79 minutes into the game, W. Asböck
received a nice pass from the right flank, making it 2 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to Zechs, who controlled the ball 56 percent of the time.
The most dominating Zechs player was without a doubt D. Fallourd
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Most important Nantes player was C. Rubagotti
However, A. Sagnol
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 2 - 2.