47538 spectators had come to TRAKTOR Arena GRAZ
this cloudy day. Paolo Edgardo Cariolaro
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ron Willoughby
and Nicodemo Dechant
Traktor tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
They fielded: Buljan - Dubé, Dibelius, Paflik - Swartele, Dinesen, Hodboď, Dogan, Štreit - Aliabadi, Hostrup.
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Rappl-Speer.
The following players took the field: Kova - Kellermann, Kendlbacher, Mendeš, Senna - Steinbauer, Konsel, 群光 (Qunguang) , Atıf - Milanov, Delarue.
Traktor used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings.
Rappl-Speer were relying on their ability to counter-attack.
With 22 minutes played B. Hostrup
almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide.
Central attacks were the recipe of the day for Traktor, as they moved the ball from the wings to the middle with startling regularity.
With the clock showing 32 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Rappl-Speer resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by O. Delarue
in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high.
Rappl-Speer's 管. 群光 (Qunguang)
got himself booked for a foul.
It was 0 - 0 at the break.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Traktor, with 60 percent of the ball.
Making his way up the middle 64 minutes into the match, E. Aliabadi
almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert P. Kova
blocked it to keep the score level.
Traktor had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks.
The referee showed Rappl-Speer's B. Konsel
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
's knee will be throbbing for days, but thankfully for Traktor, he bravely continued in the match.
After 75 minutes, the Rappl-Speer coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving M. Steinbauer
off the field. H. Mark
took his place.
Traktor claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 60 percent.
performed admirably for Traktor.
On the other hand, M. Buljan
's play was disheartening.
The most dominating Rappl-Speer player was without a doubt V. Milanov
管. 群光 (Qunguang)
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 0 - 0.