The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 12000 had shown up at Al Balad Arena
for the match. Ed Romero
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Miguel Marques
and Giuseppe Di Donato
Makkah had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
They fielded: Camhi - Saigh, Nasser, Rahman, Mansoor - Al-Abir, Ramli, Hasan, Kaleel - Husseiny, Basri.
FC.,MALBORO tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Al Malky - Rahman, Gorzy, Al-Hasan, Haj-Adnan - Abu-Najjar, Mihlabi, Musa, Ibn-Akil - Ibn-Gibril, Qadi.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 8 minutes into the match left FC.,MALBORO's K. Qadi
completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors.
The crowd was on its feet 10 minutes into the match, as Makkah's O. Mansoor
found himself unmarked in front of the goal after a dash up the left side. He calmly put away the 1 - 1 equaliser.
Makkah took the lead 14 minutes in, as Y. Saigh
broke through on the left and put the 2 - 1 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave Q. Ibn-Gibril
from FC.,MALBORO a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 17 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
2 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Makkah, with 51 percent of the ball.
Coming through the middle S. Haj-Adnan
almost scored the equaliser for FC.,MALBORO after 47 minutes, but T. Camhi
made an excellent save, tipping the awkwardly curled shot past the post.
Makkah increased the lead as F. Al-Abir
struck to make the score 3 - 1 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
Cheers filled the stadium as K. Ramli
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 4 - 1 to Makkah.
After this, you could see that the players of Makkah were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
increased Makkah's lead to 5 - 1 with a penalty spot cannonball.
The home team's fans were upset when, after 78 minutes, the visiting Q. Ibn-Gibril
broke through the central defence and kicked the ball past the keeper. 5 - 2 was the score.
Makkah solidified their lead at the 79 minute mark, as O. Mansoor
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 6 - 2.
Possession in this half belonged to Makkah, who controlled the ball 51 percent of the time.
Most important Makkah player was S. Kaleel
However, K. Rahman
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating FC.,MALBORO player was without a doubt Q. Ibn-Gibril
On the other hand, F. Abu-Najjar
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 6 - 2.