Dark skies made the crowd of 3159 at spanish coliseum
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Yannick Castagne
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Michail Taflampas
and Pavel Klarič
A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for astur.
Lineup: Corcellas - Brüggemann, Gall, Fernández, Browne, Zeballos - Saubot, Lepère, Vispieres, Godó - Escorón.
Palace started off with a 5-4-1 lineup.
The following players took the field: Bella - Huszák, Bogićević, Ştefan, Filó, Sőreg - Testa, Oswald, Rumenić, Rafà - Ecetes.
For their match strategy, Palace had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
's lack of experience almost gave astur a goal after 4 minutes, but the shot went right into the keeper's arms.
astur could have put themselves ahead after 33 minutes but P. Gall
missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right.
A swift counterattack by Palace resulted in a free kick that J. Rafà
elegantly twisted into the goal - 0 - 1!
astur's F. Browne
soared above the crowd, but couldn't knock the corner home 42 minutes into the match.
Halftime score was 0 - 1.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by astur, with 55 percent of the ball.
Good work by the Palace defensive line after 62 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found M. Rumenić
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
With 66 minutes gone, a long pass from the defence of Palace resulted in a counterattack that set J. Rafà
free through the middle, but the keeper made a spectacular diving save.
70 minutes into the game, Palace were awarded a penalty and J. Rafà
was able to increase the visitors' lead to 0 - 2 rolling the ball in by the right post.
Still ahead in the game after 75 minutes, Palace made some tactical adjustments. O. Testa
and P. Huszák
As the match clock hit 75 minutes, Palace regrouped to try and keep their initiative in the game. J. Rafà
high-fived B. Sőreg
as they swapped positions on the team.
astur enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 55 percent of possession.
astur's top performer was clearly J. Vispieres
was a disappointment, however.
Palace's best player was J. Rafà
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 0 - 2.