12000 spectators arrived at Aqua Lane
, where weather conditions were pretty good for football. Otto Brand
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Heikki Laurell
and Thibault Duverneuil
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Stars.
Starters: Mosnier - Oliva, Galun, Makalama - Nsubuga, Howell, Vinuesa, Salo, Muwanga - Balikuddembe, Roggero.
FCU started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
The following players took the field: Lupău - Kabagambe, Nsubuga, Amollo - Nakei, Serumaga, da Fonseca, Gakwandi, Wangusa - Museveni, Massa.
Some great play up the middle by Stars led to a chance for M. Muwanga
to score after 12 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar.
A free kick aimed at the keeper's far post almost gave FCU the lead 15 minutes in, but the ball just wasn't able to squirm its way through the defensive wall.
After 27 minutes of play, J. Vinuesa
gave the home team a 1 - 0 lead after an attack coming in from the right.
After 28 minutes, FCU sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. In what looked like a well-rehearsed move, the ball was headed backwards and reached S. da Fonseca
, who had plenty of space to place a well aimed shot - 1 - 1.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave N. Serumaga
from FCU a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 31 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
In a fantastic display of determination, Stars's M. Roggero
forced himself to his feet, after an opponent viciously knocked him down.
36 minutes into the match and the home team took a 2 - 1 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for Stars was D. Nsubuga
After 39 minutes FCU's R. Gakwandi
had to be carried off on a stretcher in agony. A. Akuti
came in to replace him.
2 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Stars had most of the ball, with 62 percent of possession.
The home side's M. Muwanga
came close to extending the lead 61 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but D. Lupău
managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
FCU's S. da Fonseca
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 76 minutes having been played. K. Ludigo-Mkasa
was the replacement.
The FCU captaincy was handed to D. Nakei
Stars managed to extend their lead to 3 - 1 when J. Howell
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
Confident in their lead, Stars's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
had a fantastic opportunity to put Stars up another goal 86 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
87 minutes in, FCU's D. Nakei
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
After 88 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by S. Balikuddembe
might have resulted in another goal for Stars. However, D. Lupău
made a spectacular save.
Given a free kick in a difficult position after 89 minutes, Stars tried a variation that they had practised in training. The kick was sent into the area just in front of the keeper. However, the defence were on their toes and allowed no space for a finish.
Stars enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 71 percent of possession.
Stars's best player was S. Balikuddembe
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The most dominating FCU player was without a doubt D. Lupău
However, N. Serumaga
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 3 - 1.