The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 51389 had shown up at wandg Arena
for the match. Carlo Maria Casino
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Gonzalo Andrés Higa
and Marno Schenkel
wandg decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
They fielded: Projer - Gomes Maia, Milkov, Colaço, Gözay - Abrantes, Arara, Fermil, Câmara - Oliveira, Fernandes.
INBICTA had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Ettenhofer - Băleanu, Froon, Meerdink - Winderl, Bernardo, Ferro, Albuquerque, Brook - Borralho, Giannini.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for wandg.
After 14 minutes, INBICTA put themselves up 0 - 1, as G. Albuquerque
finished off a strike from the left with a real cannonball of a shot.
With 23 minutes played, V. Borralho
nearly put the visitors another one up as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot passed just over the bar.
Coming in from the right, wandg had a good opportunity to convert on a counterattack after 24 minutes, but A. Oliveira
's attempt to finish was easily stopped.
After 26 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed L. Giannini
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 2.
After this, you could see that the players of INBICTA were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
The home team's supporters got excited again when E. Fernandes
broke through the visitors' central defence and caught their keeper off guard, making it 1 - 2.
With the scoreboard showing that 32 minutes had been played, INBICTA nearly put themselves up another goal after V. Borralho
came through on the left. Fortunately for the home crowd, the keeper made the save.
Halftime score was 1 - 2.
INBICTA claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 56 percent.
After the ball was lifted in from the left, G. Albuquerque
was on his own in the home side's penalty area and should have scored after 67 minutes, but missed, probably due to lack of concentration.
wandg almost scored after a swift counterattack 68 minutes into the game, but G. Arara
put the shot from the left flank just outside the goal.
After 70 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as wandg found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
could have put his team up another goal 72 minutes into the game, after a rush down the left, but his closing shot hit the post.
With 75 minutes played, the wandg coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. C. Adão
came on, R. Abrantes
had to leave the fray.
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, wandg's E. Fernandes
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 75 minutes. A. Frīdrihsons
was given a chance to change things around.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the INBICTA coach let M. Hiironen
replace G. Albuquerque
after 80 minutes.
While defending the INBICTA lead, V. Borralho
got a new role. 81 minutes in the game, his coach ordered him to change positions with M. Hiironen
wandg's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 83 minutes gone, but A. Frīdrihsons
's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper.
INBICTA's L. Giannini
made it through the home team's defence on the right hand side 87 minutes into the match. After rounding the keeper, he only had to place the ball in the unguarded goal when a defender slid in and cleared the ball off the line.
With the clock showing 88 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of wandg resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by G. Câmara
in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high.
After 89 minutes, wandg switched A. Projer
with M. Bilro
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
INBICTA enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 62 percent of possession.
wandg's top performer was clearly A. Frīdrihsons
However, T. Gözay
made a disastrous appearance.
Most important INBICTA player was L. Giannini
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 1 - 2.