Clouds darkened the skies at Leonidas da Silva (Panela de Pressão)
as 56292 spectators turned up for the match. Folke Naßl
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Iván Acedo
and Marco Marchesi
A 3-4-3 alignment was the formation of choice for tricolor.
The following players had been chosen: Harsch - Lima Silva, Simões, Costa Manso - Lenharo, Kamphuis, Assumpção, Nanico - Matarangolo, Bulnes, Amadei.
Menso decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Pérez - Betin, Karydakis, Andreasson - Serdar, Popa, Pettersson, Badia, Ciceri - Soares, Sordoni.
tricolor's F. Lima Silva
got himself booked for a foul.
25 minutes into the game, C. Soares
almost gave the visitors the lead, as he clipped a delicate lob over the keeper, but the ball glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
Almost all the way down to the corner flag, Menso's T. Ciceri
somehow managed to get a perfect pass into the middle, impossible to miss for C. Soares
, who struck for 0 - 1.
was, after 32 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 I. Harsch
made the save.
After a fatal mistake from the away team's right side defence 41 minutes into the match, an alert E. Assumpção
bagged the ball for tricolor, levelling the score to 1 - 1.
1 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Menso claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 54 percent.
The visiting O. Badia
was booed thoroughly by the home crowd 49 minutes into the game, after he broke through the middle and scored, resulting in the visitors taking the lead. 1 - 2 was the score.
After 51 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for R. Sordoni
who increased Menso's lead to 1 - 3.
tricolor's S. Kamphuis
was shown a yellow card after 53 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
tricolor reduced the lead to 2 - 3 with 66 minutes on the clock when J. Bulnes
got the best of a ball floated in from the left.
was just a finger's breadth away from an equaliser for tricolor with a strike from the left, but M. Pérez
managed to ward the shot off for a corner.
Menso had most of the ball, with 54 percent of possession.
The most dominating tricolor player was without a doubt G. Amadei
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Menso's best player was D. Popa
On the other hand, T. Andreasson
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 3.