Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Caldeirão de Almeirim
saw a crowd turnout of 2436. Nicolaas Barnhoorn
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Rikard Thorstensson
and Hedde Thomas
Almeirim tactics involved an interesting 5-4-1 combination.
Lineup: Ferrazzi - Agudo, Dias Fonseca, Autzen, Domingos, Brandin - van der Kroft, Rechter, Milev, Bellino - Rosso.
A 3-4-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Graffignana.
Starters: Špiľko - Camellini, D'Ortona, Pârvu - Caiuli, Mouteira, Stori, Polledro - Anspach, Abedini, Munkholm.
Today, Almeirim's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
With 8 minutes gone, Almeirim had a free kick in a decent position. Despite this being a great chance for a shot, they tried a cheeky move intended to bypass the defence. However, Â. Domingos
did not manage to connect with it cleanly and the ball went out.
With 17 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 1 - 0 lead as D. van der Kroft
flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
could have increased the lead after 25 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
Almeirim were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
After 31 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and E. Bellino
gave the Almeirim supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 2 - 0.
It was 2 - 0 at the break.
Possession in this half belonged to Almeirim, who controlled the ball 62 percent of the time.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as Almeirim scored another to make it 3 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for E. Bellino
after 49 minutes.
After 62 minutes, Almeirim sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. In what looked like a well-rehearsed move, the ball was headed backwards and reached D. van der Kroft
, who had plenty of space to place a well aimed shot - 4 - 0.
Confident in their lead, Almeirim's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
A. Vasconcelos Pereira
was called on to replace Almeirim's A. Dias Fonseca
after 76 minutes following a nasty collision.
still has a lot to learn. For instance, he should know not to make half-hearted passes in front of P. Polledro
, who easily scored for Graffignana, making it 4 - 1.
Almeirim enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 65 percent of possession.
A. Vasconcelos Pereira
performed admirably for Almeirim.
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating Graffignana player was without a doubt A. Mouteira
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 4 - 1.