1421 punters turned up at Motovelodromo
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Johann Eigenmann
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Benjamin Ribes
and Ciprian Palade
Roma decided to use a 2-5-3 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Chávez - Smetanin, Havlena - Lilliu, Pesonen, Khắc Vũ, Blind, Merle - Lone, Zavagli, Schleiermacher.
Soccer had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
Starters: Pugh - Rousseau, Dellis - Nandrin, Ben-Baruch, Montserrat, Ericsson, Míchal - Fernández, Moris, Timor.
1 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a Soccer substitution. D. Zamparo
came on for V. Míchal
After 1 minutes, the Soccer coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving A. Rousseau
off the field. F. Inzoli
took his place.
Many thought M. Schleiermacher
ought to have been awarded a penalty 3 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around S. Pugh
after a determined run through the middle.
With 9 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. F. Moris
put the ball away for 0 - 1.
Soccer had to make a substitution after 16 minutes. S. Montserrat
limped off the field and was replaced by J. Villate
Soccer's C. Nandrin
had seen it all before, so he waited patiently for the right opportunity. He would get no better chance than the one he took, but his shot was deftly blocked by the keeper.
After 22 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed S. Ben-Baruch
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 2.
After 24 minutes, Soccer's T. Timor
burst through the central defence and let loose a cannonball of a shot, scoring for 0 - 3.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Soccer lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
25 minutes into the game, P. Chávez
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came R. Arduini
With 30 minutes played, the Roma coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. P. Denoyer
came on, F. Merle
had to leave the fray.
It was 0 - 3 at the break.
Soccer enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 72 percent of possession.
Sensing defeat in the air, the Roma manager directed S. Lone
and C. Lilliu
to change positions with each other. This was 46 minutes into the match.
With things not going too well on the field, the Roma coach made the decision to swap the positions of N. Khắc Vũ
and M. Schleiermacher
with 46 minutes played.
Although the whole team were struggling to impress, Roma's O. Smetanin
was singled out as being the problem as he was called off the pitch after 60 minutes. K. Rácz
was given a chance to change things around.
A misunderstanding between the visitors' keeper S. Pugh
and his left defence could have resulted in a goal for Roma, but S. Zavagli
's finish was way too lame.
Soccer's H. Ericsson
got himself booked for a foul.
received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 77 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 0 - 4. The Soccer fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early.
The visitors' H. Ericsson
took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side's goalie and centre backs 79 minutes into the match. 0 - 5 for Soccer.
increased the visitors' lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. 0 - 6.
After 86 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for C. Nandrin
who increased Soccer's lead to 0 - 7.
88 minutes into the match, the visitors put themselves ahead 0 - 8 as S. Ben-Baruch
finished off an attack from the left with a spectacular scissors kick.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Soccer, with 75 percent of the ball.
Most important Roma player was P. Denoyer
On the other hand, M. Schleiermacher
's play was disheartening.
Soccer's best player was F. Moris
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 0 - 8.