12000 punters turned up at Barebottom Arena
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Igor Velagić
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Hildger Kollmeier
and Raúl Artaño
Barebottom had chosen a strategic 4-4-2 formation.
They fielded: Cabrera - Henderson, Pence, Ayerbe, Anderson - Lund, Rosales, Adkins, Bynum - Simons, Correa.
viresi tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
Starters: Mańko - Brandbye, Alexandre, Baštić - Pataki, Kanervala, Galun, Dent - Andersson, Escobar, Toh.
It seemed as though viresi considered the game won before even taking the field, which resulted in a very uninspired start to the game.
viresi were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
After 6 minutes, viresi's A. Alexandre
made his way through the middle and nonchalantly placed the ball out of the keeper's reach, putting the visitors up 0 - 1.
After 14 minutes, an incisive pass through the middle gave A. Alexandre
a chance to increase the lead for viresi, and he did not disappoint. The score was then 0 - 2.
By now, the players in viresi felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
increased the visitors' lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. 0 - 3.
received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 20 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 0 - 4. The viresi fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early.
It was obvious that viresi had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
viresi's I. Galun
made it through the home team's defence on the right hand side 28 minutes into the match. After rounding the keeper, he only had to place the ball in the unguarded goal when a defender slid in and cleared the ball off the line.
Barebottom's A. Simons
was shown a yellow card after 31 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 4.
viresi had most of the ball, with 71 percent of possession.
viresi increased their lead after 53 minutes when F. Pataki
broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 5, much to the home crowd's dismay.
of viresi took advantage of a mistake on the home side's right after 63 minutes which increased the away team's lead to 0 - 6.
At that, A. Alexandre
was noted down for a hat trick!
viresi's E. Andersson
got himself booked for a foul.
The home crowd was not impressed when T. Escobar
came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 77 minutes. viresi were now up 0 - 7.
Barebottom's J. Cabrera
left the field after 84 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was W. Yeager
After 86 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for E. Andersson
who increased viresi's lead to 0 - 8.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by viresi, with 80 percent of the ball.
performed admirably for Barebottom.
turned in a dismal performance, however.
viresi's top performer was clearly T. Escobar
On the other hand, T. Kanervala
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 0 - 8.