Dark skies made the crowd of 5313 at Theatre of Thrash
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Silvano Ricklin
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Oleg Osipov
and Omar Podda
Thrashers had chosen a strategic 3-4-3 formation.
Lineup: Senfft - Nails, Horne, Parker - Larrain, Baldwin, Barcroft, Freerar - Kepert, Catty, Delgado.
A 4-5-1 alignment was the formation of choice for bench.
Starters: Foissac - Arreola, Mossa, Badon, Rodà - Zvezdanov, Landers, Nails, Hagendijk, Sałek - Fontanete.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Thrashers.
Today, bench's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of bench's L. Mossa
after 14 minutes. He converted a pass from the left for a goal, resulting in the visitors taking the 0 - 1 lead.
Some fine movement on the left led to a bench goal after 15 minutes, making it 0 - 2. A. Badon
was noted down as the scorer.
0 - 2 was the score after the first half.
bench claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 54 percent.
wanted to play on, but the bench coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 46 minutes into the game by A. Dale
The bench players could smell victory in the air. K. Zvezdanov
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for G. Salvaggio
after 60 minutes.
After a short break after 60 minutes, bench seemed to change their tactical approach a bit.
62 minutes into the match, the visitors put themselves ahead 0 - 3 as D. Fontanete
finished off an attack from the left with a spectacular scissors kick.
The coach of bench was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 70 minutes, T. Freaney
came on for D. Fontanete
With 72 minutes played, a quick exchange of passes on the left wing freed A. Badon
of bench to slip through the defence and score another goal for the visitors. That made the score 0 - 4.
bench were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
Had it not been for one of the home defenders, T. Freaney
would have put bench up another goal 76 minutes into the match with his audacious lob from the right wing.
A drive down the left side allowed P. Rodà
to get in close and score another goal for bench after 82 minutes, taking the score to 0 - 5.
Confident in their lead, bench's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
bench had no available replacements when P. Rodà
had to leave the game after 86 minutes because of a pulled tendon, leaving the team a man short.
Thrashers had most of the ball, with 53 percent of possession.
Most important Thrashers player was F. Larrain
However, S. Nails
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating bench player was without a doubt J. Arreola
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 0 - 5.