Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 57906 at eN LaS MaLaS MuCHo MaS
today. Erik Österby
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Gaylord Fouques
and André Antão
Cuelga tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Whebe - Dobrin, Grethen, Bolding - Freire, Gallet, Thami, Pletea - Vişa, Maskin, Brighina.
Deportivo started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Kassinen - Hloch, Glad, Weixler - Pinino, Kullenstad, Han, Vekris, Marlier - Sarge, Rossen.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Cuelga.
After 12 minutes, Deportivo put themselves up 0 - 1, as S. Marlier
finished off a strike from the left with a real cannonball of a shot.
of Deportivo took advantage of a mistake on the home side's right after 26 minutes which increased the away team's lead to 0 - 2.
35 minutes into the game, D. Pletea
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came U. Sikumbang
Cuelga's fans were urging them forward as they tried to get back into the game, and their vocal support was rewarded 40 minutes into the match as W. Bolding
ran onto a beautiful ball played through the visitors' defence and slotted it past the keeper to reduce the deficit. 1 - 2.
With 41 minutes played, a quick exchange of passes on the left wing freed F. Sarge
of Deportivo to slip through the defence and score another goal for the visitors. That made the score 1 - 3.
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 3.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Deportivo, with 55 percent of the ball.
was called on to replace Cuelga's W. Bolding
after 55 minutes following a nasty collision.
was, after 60 minutes, almost able to extend the visitors' lead with a well placed diving header after the ball had looped into the centre, but the home side's keeper C. Whebe
made the save.
After 67 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed P. Pinino
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 1 - 4.
could have added one to the visitors' lead if his free kick had gone just a little lower.
A drive down the left side allowed L. Rossen
to get in close and score another goal for Deportivo after 78 minutes, taking the score to 1 - 5.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Deportivo lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
Possession in this half belonged to Deportivo, who controlled the ball 55 percent of the time.
The most dominating Cuelga player was without a doubt B. Brighina
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Deportivo.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 1 - 5.