Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 65399 at Andres Escobar Saldarriaga "Inmortal"
today. Jimmy Fefè
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ralf Raidma
and Balthasar Schaus
Atletico had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Tashev - Manea, Ugrinov, Alvites - Brauer, Kodrup, Zadroga, Ligori, Tomalik - Unceta, Berrío.
Minuto started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Silva Teixeira - Grants, Zafra, Johansen - Donoso, Duarte, Chaparro, Mutis, Pachowicz - Verheyleweghen, Vinambres.
Atletico were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
The referee signaled a penalty for the home side after 2 minutes, amid vocal protests from the visitors. Atletico fans erupted in celebration as P. Tomalik
rifled the ball into the the top corner. 1 - 0!
After 11 minutes Minuto tried to exploit their counterattacking skills, unfortunately, G. Zafra
's shot sailed wide after his break down the right.
behaved like an inexperienced youth player after 29 minutes as he gave the ball away to A. Zadroga
. Lucky for him though, there was no goal.
Atletico increased the lead as N. Ugrinov
struck to make the score 2 - 0 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0.
Atletico enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 57 percent of possession.
Attacking on the wings was the choice for Atletico, and they were successfully passing the ball from the middle to the wings to attack.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as Atletico scored another to make it 3 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for N. Ugrinov
after 58 minutes.
The players of Atletico now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Atletico coach let F. Meira
replace A. Alvites
after 60 minutes.
Atletico had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to focus on wing attacks instead.
After 65 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and M. Unceta
gave the Atletico supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 4 - 0.
After 80 minutes, Minuto switched M. Johansen
with D. Tatarnic
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
The Atletico players could smell victory in the air. P. Ligori
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for S. Hey
after 80 minutes.
As the captain was no longer on the pitch, I. Tashev
took over the role of being the Atletico captain.
Atletico had most of the ball, with 56 percent of possession.
Atletico's top performer was clearly A. Berrío
On the other hand, I. Tashev
's play was disheartening.
The most dominating Minuto player was without a doubt R. Verheyleweghen
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 4 - 0.