33334 spectators arrived at Galáxia do Funchal
, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Mikko Uskelin
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Nemo Dhond
and Angel Giménez
Galácticos decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Kohut - Berntsson, Franko, Winogrodzki - Degardin, Vahl, Alarcón, Clavie, Villodas - Harju, Lazare.
Dragões tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Macquet - Dexter, Bachem, Nisan, Noti - Johansen, Krambreed, Danielsson, Frisario - Zdanevich, Wäfler.
Dragões clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
At 21 minutes played, W. Vahl
came in from the right with the intention of giving Galácticos the lead, but his rocket of a shot rattled the crossbar.
Dragões had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 23 minutes, but G. Frisario
's shot from the left sailed high over the bar.
The head of R. Harju
connected with a corner kick after 29 minutes, and the ball ended up with J. Alarcón
of Galácticos who blasted the ball into the net, making the score 1 - 0.
The home team will be cursing G. Zdanevich
for weeks; he finished off a great pass from the left, knocking it past the keeper without a problem. The match was level at 1 - 1 after 30 minutes.
was in the clear after breaking the offside trap following a Dragões counterattack from the left after 36 minutes. His neat finish made the score 1 - 2.
was, after 39 minutes, almost able to extend the visitors' lead with a well placed diving header after the ball had looped into the centre, but the home side's keeper M. Kohut
made the save.
With 40 minutes played, J. Alarcón
of Galácticos fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
The referee showed Dragões's M. Danielsson
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Halftime score was 1 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to Galácticos, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.
Dragões's G. Frisario
was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the opposition's box - G. Zdanevich
managed to volley one of them into the net to make it 1 - 3 after 59 minutes.
That was his third goal of the match - a hat trick for G. Zdanevich
Galácticos's J. Winogrodzki
cut towards the middle after 70 minutes, receiving a brilliant pass and slicing through the visiting team's central defence, reducing the lead to 2 - 3.
The Dragões players could smell victory in the air. G. Krambreed
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for R. Bernard
after 75 minutes.
With 75 minutes played, Galácticos's J. Winogrodzki
found an opening in the visitors' left side defence, but his shot was handled easily by the keeper.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, J. Degardin
got himself booked. The manager of Galácticos was not happy.
The coach of Dragões was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 80 minutes, A. Bordt
came on for J. Wäfler
wanted to play on, but the Dragões coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 85 minutes into the game by W. Grabski
Galácticos enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 53 percent of possession.
Galácticos's top performer was clearly M. Kohut
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Dragões.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 3.