Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 3797 at nimes30 Arena
today. Filiep Brems
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Marc Seghir
and Rein van Bommel
nimes30 started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
The following players took the field: Alibert - Lamande, Moret, Blondel, Bonhomme - Falaise, Renard, Guillaume, Dufosse - Guérin, Chedli.
Dreamteam31 had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
Lineup: Chikhaoui - Roussel, Crocq, Vignal, Floquet - Duriez, Lemaire, Roux, Millan - Perrodin, Lenormand.
Dreamteam31 had several good opportunities to take the lead, especially 2 minutes in when W. Lemaire
came up alone against J. Alibert
who managed a block.
had a good try after 7 minutes, coming in on a fine move from the left, but the ball went wide.
With 20 minutes played, seemingly due to lack of experience, K. Blondel
needlessly tripped an opponent just outside the penalty area, but the free kick that followed didn't succeed.
Dreamteam31's opponents know to be wary of H. Lenormand
's speed, but it made little difference as he flew past the defence 21 minutes into the game. Only the keeper could stop him - and he did with a perfectly timed dive!
It was 0 - 0 at the break.
nimes30 enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
With 78 minutes gone, M. Perrodin
suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counterattack by Dreamteam31 caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring.
80 minutes into the game, R. Floquet
was a hair's breadth away from giving Dreamteam31 the lead with a shot from over on the left. A prompt block by J. Alibert
saved the home team that time.
The celebrations in the stands could only mean one thing - C. Lamande
's free kick had found the back of the net and put nimes30 ahead 1 - 0!
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, R. Floquet
got himself booked. The manager of Dreamteam31 was not happy.
nimes30 claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 58 percent.
nimes30's top performer was clearly A. Bonhomme
On the other hand, J. Alibert
's play was disheartening.
performed admirably for Dreamteam31.
However, W. Chikhaoui
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 0.