It had rained all day, but 592 hardy fans still made it out to Burgas Arena
. Noel Molen
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Yannik Schmatterig
and Ştefan-Robert Căruntu
Burgas decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Yordanov - Gerovski, Ashikov, Savakov - Eroğlu, Van Geel, Grębowski, Stoykov, Deyanov - Rangelov, Puev.
Poznański started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
They fielded: Costaggiu - Matrola, Bondziński, Grabowski - Grzebinoga, Sitarski, Adamiec, Mahdavi, Arnaud - Duro, Ciontescu.
The wings were the focus of most of Poznański's attacks today.
After 9 minutes of play, D. Savakov
gave the home team a 1 - 0 lead after an attack coming in from the right.
With 21 minutes played, Burgas put themselves up 2 - 0 when the visiting defenders lost the ball to D. Rangelov
, who came up from the left and proceeded to coolly round the keeper and knock the ball home.
It might be a while before the fans see Burgas's D. Rangelov
again, after he had to leave the field in great distress at the 31 minute mark. He was replaced by Y. Sarıbay
32 minutes in, Poznański appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only passable
It was obvious that Poznański had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
35 minutes into the match, Poznański replied and reduced the lead to 2 - 1. A. Grzebinoga
scored on a marvellous cross pass coming in from the left.
After 36 minutes Burgas's Y. Sarıbay
contracted a slight foot injury, but didn't want to leave the game.
Poznański's right side looked dangerous 40 minutes in, but G. Yordanov
made a good save on A. Mahdavi
's hard shot to the top corner.
With 42 minutes played, Burgas's D. Ashikov
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
Burgas's A. Puev
left the field after 43 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was A. Stumbov
The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 1.
Possession in this half belonged to Burgas, who controlled the ball 57 percent of the time.
During the break, Poznański's coach went through the team's tactics yet again, getting them up to solid
With 46 minutes played, the Poznański coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. T. Wrzesień
came on, V. Duro
had to leave the fray.
Poznański needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 46 minutes A. Grzebinoga
made way for J. Hougaard
Burgas made it 3 - 1 as A. Stumbov
got a touch to the floated corner kick and flicked the ball to M. Grębowski
who whipped a low drive in off the far post.
After 54 minutes, Burgas raised their score by one when M. Deyanov
's dangerous low cross was cleverly tucked in at the near post by S. Eroğlu
. 4 - 1.
Burgas put themselves up 5 - 1 when D. Ashikov
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
Confident in their lead, Burgas's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
Coming in on the left, T. Wrzesień
did everything right to get a goal for Poznański after 62 minutes, but his finishing shot was stabbed clear by the keeper.
After 67 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Poznański found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to solid
69 minutes into the game, Poznański's attack got through on the right, but T. Wrzesień
couldn't handle the ball and his feeble kick wound up in the keeper's arms.
78 minutes into the game, Poznański seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to weak
Burgas enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 62 percent of possession.
The most dominating Burgas player was without a doubt G. Stoykov
On the other hand, D. Ashikov
's play was disheartening.
Poznański's top performer was clearly W. Adamiec
However, G. Costaggiu
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 5 - 1.