The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 5997 had shown up at San Mames
for the match. Matteo Pagliaro
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jan Harm van de Mortel
and Christian Oswald
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Athletic.
The following players had been chosen: Kardava - Buksha, Dekanoidze, Jeladze, Andghuladze - Noubaryan, Kurasbediani, Cəfərov, Chkhenkeli - Kukhianidze, Nikuradze.
Zestafoni0013 had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
They fielded: Mindiashvili - Askurava, Lasuria, Donabedyan, Kirvalidze - Sukhitashvili, Chulukhadze, Khitarishvili, Khuchua - Chavchanidze, Chagelishvili.
Zestafoni0013's A. Chagelishvili
managed to lose the defenders as he advanced down the right wing and scored, putting the visitors ahead after 6 minutes. 0 - 1.
Athletic were awarded a penalty 11 minutes into the game, but J. Chkhenkeli
didn't make a good job of it and K. Mindiashvili
managed to save.
Athletic tried to even things up by sending a long ball towards the centrally placed strikers, but the visitors' defence got the best of this rather direct style of play.
The visitors' M. Chulukhadze
took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side's goalie and centre backs 29 minutes into the match. 0 - 2 for Zestafoni0013.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Zestafoni0013 lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
0 - 2 was the score after the first half.
Zestafoni0013 claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 53 percent.
Athletic didn't give in and with 47 minutes played S. Kukhianidze
was able to make the score 1 - 2 after an attack on the right.
Athletic were awarded a penalty with 50 minutes played, and J. Chkhenkeli
made no mistake as he effortlessly slotted the equaliser home. 2 - 2.
Athletic were able to mount several counterattacks, such as the impressive one after 70 minutes, but J. Chkhenkeli
lofted a free kick over the crossbar.
Athletic's S. Buksha
was shown a yellow card after 73 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
There was concern in the stands when, at the 76 minute mark, Zestafoni0013's K. Khitarishvili
hit the ground hard, but he refused the attention of the trainer and rejoined his teammates on the pitch.
Athletic had a good opportunity to take the lead as R. Kurasbediani
came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of K. Mindiashvili
With the clock showing 78 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Zestafoni0013 resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by R. Kirvalidze
in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Zestafoni0013, with 51 percent of the ball.
Most important Athletic player was P. Nikuradze
However, S. Cəfərov
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating Zestafoni0013 player was without a doubt A. Chagelishvili
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 2 - 2.