The 12000 fans in attendance at Peugeot Arena
were roasting in the hot sun. Damien Grénot
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Gizur Kortsson
and Ivan Carlsson
All of Lacs
was shut down for the day, as fans of both clubs came to the derby.
Elephant started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
The following players took the field: Fieni - Doucouré, Guebre, Detchi - Gbadamassi, Karamoko, Guiriéoulou, Wolkers, Cecchi - Rogent, Giehse.
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for habitat.
Lineup: Sanogo - Niato, Vabé, Zim, Sylla - Guingué, Coulibaly, Leloup, Traoré - Meïté, Djédji.
Today, Elephant's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of habitat's V. Traoré
after 14 minutes. He converted a pass from the left for a goal, resulting in the visitors taking the 0 - 1 lead.
14 minutes in, habitat's S. Zim
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
stunned the crowd with a brilliant counterattack from the left, giving habitat the goal to make it 0 - 2.
Elephant's T. Giehse
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 38 minutes.
Players in Elephant heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
tried to get a goal back for Elephant but despite all his hard work down the right, he just couldn't complete the move.
Halftime score was 0 - 2.
Elephant claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 61 percent.
After 48 minutes G. Guiriéoulou
could have reduced the lead with a blistering strike from the left wing, had it not been for an excellent block by the visitors' keeper.
habitat's G. Meïté
has the wonderful ability to create chances out of thin air. 51 minutes into the match he bamboozled a couple of opposition defenders before sending the keeper the wrong way and sidefooting the ball home into an empty net. That totally unexpected burst of flair made it 0 - 3.
The players of habitat now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
did everything he could to get one back for his Elephant, but keeper I. Sanogo
denied him with a spectacular block.
It wasn't a good day at all for D. Guebre
. His powerful style of play just didn't fit the bill on this warm day.
charged down the left and looked sure to score for Elephant 76 minutes into the game, but his shot went just wide.
The referee showed Elephant's W. Gbadamassi
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
At 79 minutes into the game, Elephant's E. Doucouré
deftly knocked the ball home after an impressive run down the left, reducing the visitors' lead to 1 - 3.
of Elephant was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
Elephant had most of the ball, with 63 percent of possession.
The most dominating Elephant player was without a doubt R. Wolkers
On the other hand, R. Fieni
's play was disheartening.
Most important habitat player was P. Niato
However, G. Guingué
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 3.