36000 spectators had come to Arena Rock Club
this cloudy day. Jamie van den Hout
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Vlaho Mujčin
and François Brossard
EN tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Serrat - Davidsson, Gerets, Guará - Antonucci, Pascal, Sarpe, Tàpia, Mihajlović - Mamczak, Möhrlein.
A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for América.
The following players took the field: Horváth - Kammerloher, da Rocha, Pomponio, Koralewski - Vid, Grotten, Leibinger, Böhmfeld - Bognár, Carrano.
EN saw most attack opportunities on the wings.
Today, América's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
23 minutes in, América's S. Kammerloher
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
gave EN the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 1 - 0
As the game started to slip away for América, the manager decided to change the tactical approach.
Players in EN heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
It was 1 - 0 at the break.
Possession in this half belonged to EN, who controlled the ball 63 percent of the time.
Always quick and a menace to his opponents, M. Mihajlović
was very close to getting through after 49 minutes, but he could only put the ball into the keeper's arms.
After 59 minutes, the visitors tied it up at 1 - 1 when a fantastic pass from the left was finished off by E. Koralewski
It was obvious that América had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
60 minutes of the match played, and a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but J. Vid
, after finding himself dashing down on goal from the left with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide.
América's S. Carrano
got himself booked for a foul.
came close to putting the visiting team one up 71 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but J. Serrat
managed to tip the ball to a corner.
Coming in from the right, EN had a good opportunity to convert on a counterattack after 72 minutes, but J. Antonucci
's attempt to finish was easily stopped.
finished off the counterattack of América from the left rather easily, making the score 1 - 2.
The bench was restless, and with 75 minutes passed EN's coach gave C. Donea
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. Y. Gerets
reluctantly left the field.
was handed the EN captain's armband.
EN needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 75 minutes M. Sarpe
made way for D. Bronneberg
EN had most of the ball, with 60 percent of possession.
Most important EN player was J. Mamczak
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating América player was without a doubt M. Pomponio
However, C. da Rocha
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 2.