The 77336 spectators at The Colosseum
were in for an afternoon of sunshine. Giacomo Colaci
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Simon Nilsson
and Jannik Genin
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for element.
The following players had been chosen: Goerdeler - French, Baroncini, Khazem - Barcelos, Jerez, Ocaño, Campillo, Brienesse - Düll, Carrère.
Blizzard started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
The following players took the field: Eriksson - Isbrand, Klompe, Eyer - Zeelenberg, Panneton, Stone, Paré, Ninassarvik - Ertan, Spyrka.
of Blizzard was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
element's V. Campillo
's long shot really ought to have found the net 30 minutes into the match, but it fell just wide of the target.
After 33 minutes of play, J. Barcelos
gave the home team a 1 - 0 lead after an attack coming in from the right.
could have increased the lead after 34 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
The sun seemed to put A. Ocaño
in a great mood, and he showed off his technical skills all match long.
With 40 minutes played, G. Jerez
could have brought this one home for element as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
element had to make a substitution after 41 minutes. G. Düll
limped off the field and was replaced by R. Francisco
The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 0.
element claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 55 percent.
After 46 minutes, Blizzard switched J. Zeelenberg
with R. Murtonen
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
In an effort to secure the lead, element changed their tactic after 48 minutes.
Blizzard's coach was not happy when D. Ninassarvik
missed a penalty 53 minutes into the match.
After 65 minutes, the visitors tied it up at 1 - 1 when a fantastic pass from the left was finished off by K. Isbrand
wasn't much help defensively. His energy-consuming forward runs proved quite costly in the oppressive heat.
75 minutes into the match, the element manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged.
element made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left V. Campillo
completely alone with keeper L. Eriksson
, who made a spectacular block.
element broke through on the left 82 minutes into the game, with B. Carrère
firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 2 - 1 lead.
element enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 55 percent of possession.
performed admirably for element.
was a disappointment, however.
Most important Blizzard player was K. Spyrka
On the other hand, C. Eyer
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 1.