The 51088 fans in attendance at Domvs Ivstitiæ
were roasting in the hot sun. Pontus Persson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Rainer Büggel-Weiß
and Ville-Valtteri Litmanen
A 4-3-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Champions.
Lineup: Puschacher - Bėrkus, Blach, Verstraeten, Rakić - Jansen, Cortês, Rettich - Dalbeck, Bílek, Mahno.
Andrinos had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Laribi - Vidal, Alvito, Ramalhosa - dos Santos, Sgherri, Bäcksten, Wuelfert, Dwyer - Padovani, Cruz.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Champions.
After a fine move down the middle T. Mahno
nearly gave the home side a goal after 23 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide.
A well placed corner kick from G. Rettich
was followed by H. Dalbeck
's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Champions, the score now 1 - 0.
The visitors almost came back with an equaliser 41 minutes into the match after a good combination down the middle, but when K. Wuelfert
tried to finish the attack, he couldn't deliver the shot hard enough to seriously challenge the keeper.
stunned the crowd with a brilliant counterattack from the left, giving Champions the goal to make it 2 - 0.
Champions's F. Verstraeten
swung in a good chance from the left, but the visitors' defence were able to clear the ball.
The referee showed Champions's E. Bílek
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Andrinos's M. Dwyer
left the field after 44 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was L. Campendonk
was the new captain of Andrinos - handed the armband by the departing player.
The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0.
Andrinos enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 63 percent of possession.
of Andrinos received a yellow card after 58 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
didn't pace himself at all, and after a series of daring offensive runs he was too tired to help out in the defensive play.
Possession in this half belonged to Andrinos, who controlled the ball 63 percent of the time.
Most important Champions player was H. Dalbeck
On the other hand, B. Bėrkus
's play was disheartening.
performed admirably for Andrinos.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 0.