Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Soi Cowboy
saw a crowd turnout of 46387. John Rönnbom
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Salvador Pérez
and Mestan Özbilen
Bangkok had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Bajszczak - Wegenstein, Normand, Bacino - Gisinger, Pichitkarndee, Sudjai, 康维 (Kangwei), Myklebust - Ballesteros, Edler.
Meerkats started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
Starters: von Arnim - Vijod, Elwertowski, Declerck - Hillen, Kulka, Łyżwa, Muhr, Saiani - De Mol, Pop.
Bangkok seemed to prefer attacking in the middle.
32 minutes in, Meerkats's A. Elwertowski
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Bangkok created a good opportunity to score 34 minutes into the match when S. Edler
's hooked ball from the left created a scuffle in front of the goal, and the visitors' defenders had a hard time clearing the ball.
A quick counter attack by Meerkats forced the opponent's defender to give away a freekick. M. Vijod
was allowed to take it quickly by the referee, much to the dismay of the goalkeeper who wasn't prepared. 0 - 1!
After 36 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for J. Declerck
who increased Meerkats's lead to 0 - 2.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Meerkats lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
Meerkats's G. Pop
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 40 minutes having been played. 桑. 智华 (Zhihua)
was the replacement.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 2.
Bangkok had most of the ball, with 52 percent of possession.
The home keeper was stunned 53 minutes into the match when he misjudged the free kick by M. Vijod
and dived in the wrong direction. The visitors increased the lead to 0 - 3.
Bangkok were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up centrally.
The home crowd was given a certain amount of consolation when C. Sudjai
scored after a brilliant midfield combination through the centre, reducing the lead to 1 - 3.
After 65 minutes, Bangkok switched S. Edler
with W. Suppamongkol
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Meerkats coach let A. Papazyan
replace F. Łyżwa
after 75 minutes.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 75 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. L. Kovandžić
was the replacement.
Bangkok's C. Sudjai
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 78 minutes.
did everything he could to get one back for his Bangkok, but keeper H. von Arnim
denied him with a spectacular block.
The home side worked hard to get through the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back as W. Suppamongkol
tried lifting the ball over keeper H. von Arnim
. Unfortunately, the ball went just over the bar.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Bangkok, with 54 percent of the ball.
The most dominating Bangkok player was without a doubt P. Ballesteros
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for Meerkats.
However, 桑. 智华 (Zhihua)
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 3.