Clouds darkened the skies at Energie Arena
as 3226 spectators turned up for the match. Nivardo Jirafales
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jan Pettersson
and Víctor Ferrus
Eisenbart tactics involved an interesting 5-3-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Scaletta - Harmeier, Cretton, Boise, Obren, Flaig - Taimi, Sunu, Vella - Rhinisperger, Ardiz.
Kumianpään decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
Lineup: Hermunen - Kapanen, Palmroos, Korpimäki, Hannola - Valdén, Roms, Summa, Vehmas - Ahtila, Hätönen.
The wings were the focus of most of Kumianpään's attacks today.
caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 9 minutes. This gave Eisenbart the 1 - 0 lead.
The referee showed Kumianpään's V. Ahtila
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
was the unlucky victim and couldn't continue the game, so Eisenbart's F. Bouteloup
had to come off the bench.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. F. Bouteloup
squirmed through their central defence after 18 minutes, increasing the lead to 2 - 0.
19 minutes into the game, Kumianpään seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to inadequate
After 21 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by L. Boise
might have resulted in another goal for Eisenbart. However, J. Hermunen
made a spectacular save.
Kumianpään mounted an inspired counterattack down the right wing after 22 minutes, but L. Korpimäki
was unable to convert from short range.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Eisenbart's R. Ardiz
increasing the lead to 3 - 0.
By now, the players in Eisenbart felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
Eisenbart put themselves up 4 - 0 when U. Sunu
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
4 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Eisenbart had most of the ball, with 67 percent of possession.
A review of the gameplan helped Kumianpään get back to a solid
organisation when the referee blew his whistle again.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as Eisenbart scored another to make it 5 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for L. Boise
after 55 minutes.
wanted to play on, but the Eisenbart coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 61 minutes into the game by F. Monté
was handed the Eisenbart captain's armband.
Eisenbart solidified their lead at the 62 minute mark, as R. Ardiz
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 6 - 0.
With 65 minutes played, Eisenbart put themselves up 7 - 0 when the visiting defenders lost the ball to P. Vella
, who came up from the left and proceeded to coolly round the keeper and knock the ball home.
With 70 minutes played, the Kumianpään coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. A. Turunen
came on, J. Hannola
had to leave the fray.
The bench was restless, and with 70 minutes passed Kumianpään's coach gave J. Ilvesaho
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. T. Summa
reluctantly left the field.
Kumianpään needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 70 minutes H. Kapanen
made way for J. Hyötyläinen
When K. Roms
left the game because of a back injury after 75 minutes, Kumianpään had to continue a man short due to there being no available replacements.
Cheers filled the stadium as I. Obren
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 8 - 0 to Eisenbart.
After 79 minutes, R. Harmeier
put Eisenbart ahead 9 - 0 when he rose to head in a cross from the right wing.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Eisenbart coach let J. Velunza
replace P. Vella
after 88 minutes.
Possession in this half belonged to Eisenbart, who controlled the ball 74 percent of the time.
performed admirably for Eisenbart.
On the other hand, I. Obren
's play was disheartening.
Kumianpään's best player was J. Hätönen
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 9 - 0.