Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 35956 to Real Buldozer Arena
. Thorben Heifler
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Endre Jávor
and Juha Hinkkuri
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Buldozer.
Starters: Brđanović - Morros, Meißl, Bārtuļs - Peša, Hauglid, Berzas, Wiatrak, Kijek - Forti, Canelas.
United tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Figueres - Simon, Wölfert, Gerauer - Suchý, Ortlieb, Eulate, Bilgen, De Sze - Vinci, Malsch.
Buldozer mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
Buldozer created a good opportunity to score 2 minutes into the match when G. Bārtuļs
's hooked ball from the left created a scuffle in front of the goal, and the visitors' defenders had a hard time clearing the ball.
The terraces were silenced after 8 minutes when United's G. Vinci
put the guests ahead 0 - 1, following an attack on the right.
With 21 minutes having been played, Buldozer scored to make it 1 - 1. A dribble down the left wing, followed by a shot which took a wicked bounce off a defender resulted in the keeper having no chance. Everyone thought it'd been an own goal, but R. Forti
was marked down as the scorer.
After 22 minutes of play, A. Canelas
gave the home team a 2 - 1 lead after an attack coming in from the right.
It was 2 - 1 at the break.
Possession in this half belonged to Buldozer, who controlled the ball 54 percent of the time.
With 58 minutes played, Buldozer's well-worked indirect free kick caused havoc in the penalty area, and when the ball eventually fell to G. Bārtuļs
he gleefully slotted the ball home to make it 3 - 1.
The visitors replied 65 minutes into the game, reducing the home side's lead to 3 - 2, as G. Vinci
dashed up the middle, easily lobbing the ball over the home team's keeper.
of Buldozer was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
After 77 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by R. Forti
might have resulted in another goal for Buldozer. However, M. Figueres
made a spectacular save.
Buldozer solidified their lead at the 78 minute mark, as A. Peša
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 4 - 2.
Cheers filled the stadium as R. Forti
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 5 - 2 to Buldozer.
Buldozer had most of the ball, with 56 percent of possession.
Buldozer's top performer was clearly A. Canelas
However, P. Kijek
made a disastrous appearance.
performed admirably for United.
L. De Sze
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 5 - 2.