Dark skies made the crowd of 2372 at The Den
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Dan Istudor
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ludvig Kaptein
and Engelbert Stocken
Lazora started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Palareti - Touijar, Cañiza, Jebbouri - Hadhria, Tounsi, Ayari, Yatim, Ghezal - Riveros, Sbai.
Innenstadt tactics involved an interesting 5-4-1 combination.
The following players took the field: Ernstorfer - Wilson, Klimpel, Simionato, Eransus, Gatter - Martínez, Hammer, Szramek, Campbell - Heudecker.
Innenstadt clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
With 7 minutes played, M. Sbai
of Lazora fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
When C. Cañiza
left the game because of a back injury after 8 minutes, Lazora had to continue a man short due to there being no available replacements.
was the new captain of Lazora - handed the armband by the departing player.
Down the middle came M. Heudecker
, making a fantastic play that nearly had Innenstadt take the lead after 10 minutes, but A. Palareti
preserved the tie.
of Innenstadt was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
looked great 23 minutes into the match after stopping a shot from the middle of the penalty area from the visitors' L. Klimpel
This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when M. Heudecker
slipped through the defence on the right to come up alone against A. Palareti
, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning reflexes.
Halftime score was 0 - 0.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Innenstadt, with 55 percent of the ball.
Innenstadt's J. Martínez
gave the visitors a 0 - 1 lead after 59 minutes with a superb strike from the right.
With 61 minutes played, a quick exchange of passes on the left wing freed J. Martínez
of Innenstadt to slip through the defence and score another goal for the visitors. That made the score 0 - 2.
After 72 minutes of game time, M. Heudecker
had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, clipping a volley hooked in from the right, but A. Palareti
was in the right place and tipped the ball over for a corner.
With the scoreboard showing that 73 minutes had been played, Innenstadt nearly put themselves up another goal after A. Eransus
came through on the left. Fortunately for the home crowd, the keeper made the save.
Possession of the ball saw an equal split between the teams during the forty-five minutes.
Most important Lazora player was B. Hadhria
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Innenstadt.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 0 - 2.