The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 30000 had shown up at Sarbedaran Sports Complex
for the match. Tommi Paanalahti
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Raúl Barrio
and Felix Elverfeldt
FCS started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
They fielded: Conceição - Buendía, Luz, Szklarz, Varppee - Alipour, Bastani, Oliveira Martinho, Martinic - Macarie, Casco.
Maradona had chosen a strategic 5-2-2 formation.
Starters: Barrera Rodríguez - Mikkolainen, Günsel, Vuissoz, 前川 (Maekawa), Abkar - Sėrikovas, Lénárd - Tauernitz, Lebas.
The wings were the focus of most of FCS's attacks today.
Maradona used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings.
FCS could have put themselves ahead after 6 minutes but A. Alipour
missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right.
It was obvious that team Maradona had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
Good work by the Maradona defensive line after 7 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found S. Günsel
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
19 minutes into the game, FCS seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to passable
After 24 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as FCS found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
FCS had a chance to take the lead after R. Luz
's dazzling drive up the left, but the opportunity fizzled out as his shot went just over the bar after 34 minutes.
FCS made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left J. Buendía
completely alone with keeper A. Barrera Rodríguez
, who made a spectacular block.
38 minutes into the game, Maradona had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to weak
0 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Possession in this half belonged to FCS, who controlled the ball 85 percent of the time.
The FCS players spent the break getting a rerun of the team's tactical organisation and regained a solid
organisation when the game started again.
A review of the gameplan helped Maradona get back to a solid
organisation when the referee blew his whistle again.
47 minutes into the game, Maradona seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a poor
level of organisation.
FCS broke through on the left 53 minutes into the game, with A. Alipour
firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 1 - 0 lead.
FCS put in a good effort on the right, but I. Casco
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 67 minutes into the game.
75 minutes in, FCS appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only inadequate
The FCS players could smell victory in the air. L. Varppee
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for C. Korntal
after 77 minutes.
was handed the FCS captain's armband.
FCS managed to extend their lead to 2 - 0 when S. Szklarz
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
FCS had to make a substitution after 86 minutes. I. Casco
limped off the field and was replaced by L. Chazan
After 87 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as FCS found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to weak
87 minutes in, Maradona appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only poor
89 minutes in, FCS appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only weak
FCS enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 88 percent of possession.
The most dominating FCS player was without a doubt R. Luz
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Maradona.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 2 - 0.