It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 2806 that came out to Fenerbahce_Cumhuriye Arena
. Alexander Hoerth
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Orfeo Nutelet
and András Puskás
Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy decided to use a 5-2-3 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Gutiérrez de Solar - Sposato, Kudsi, Nechita, Lahtinen, Göçmen - Raappana, Bricout - von Ellm, Leriche, van Gessel.
fc-copains started off with a 3-5-2 lineup.
Starters: Bondon - Leo, Bartmettler, Pookong - Trasferti, Filippelli, Kjeldberg, Eregui, Vallière - Minicozzi, Di Irio.
The strategy for Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy was to use their ability to press.
For their match strategy, fc-copains had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
fc-copains had several good opportunities to take the lead, especially 5 minutes in when C. Trasferti
came up alone against C. Gutiérrez de Solar
who managed a block.
Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 35 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from A. Nechita
, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing.
's speed was clear to see after 36 minutes, as he darted down the wing and released J. van Gessel
who placed the ball into the back of the net to make the score 2 - 0.
fc-copains fought on and, after 40 minutes, P. Filippelli
was able to reduce the deficit to 2 - 1 after some excellent moves on the right side were finished off with an incredibly clever chip.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave I. Leriche
from Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 42 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Due to a severely mistimed tackle, A. Di Irio
of fc-copains spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game.
The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 1.
Possession in this half belonged to fc-copains, who controlled the ball 59 percent of the time.
fc-copains's C. Trasferti
set up a perfect opportunity for S. Vallière
, but the latter failed to score.
The pressing tactics used by Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
With 66 minutes played, İ. Kudsi
of Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
A. Di Irio
made a good effort at breaking through on the right, but the home team's left defence cleared the ball to a corner.
After 72 minutes, Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy were awarded a free kick. Rather than shooting straight at goal, the taker went for an indirect variant which seemed to take his team mates a bit by surprise. T. Raappana
did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.
of Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy received a yellow card after 76 minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Coming through the middle P. Filippelli
almost scored the equaliser for fc-copains after 78 minutes, but C. Gutiérrez de Solar
made an excellent save, tipping the awkward curled shot past the post.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy coach let F. Facchin
replace S. Bricout
after 89 minutes.
The Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy captaincy was handed to J. von Ellm
wanted to play on, but the Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 89 minutes into the game by L. Bán
fc-copains claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 65 percent.
Fenerbahce_Cumhuriy's top performer was clearly I. Leriche
C. Gutiérrez de Solar
was a disappointment, however.
fc-copains's best player was P. Filippelli
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 1.