Clouds darkened the skies at El Loco Bielsa For Ever
as 2804 spectators turned up for the match. Egmont Lippa
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Timothy Handy
and John Risberg
Lepra had chosen a strategic 5-4-1 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Cuadros - Kitrinos, Schipper, Mossoró, Grădinescu, Barreto - Shirazi, Pisilä, August, Antonacci - Valdes.
Szeged tactics involved an interesting 5-3-2 combination.
Starters: Sutter - Cusanelli, Gianello, Scharitzer, Linskär, Nguyen - Schenkel, Böndő, Bogg - Mihăilă, Lugano.
Lepra mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
Szeged seemed to prefer attacking in the middle.
9 minutes had elapsed when a great chance for Lepra to take the lead after a good cross from the right found T. August
alone with the keeper, but he chipped it to the wrong side of the post.
The referee showed Szeged's P. Bogg
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
couldn't finish the match after being injured, leaving Lepra a man down.
Lepra made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left M. Pisilä
completely alone with keeper R. Sutter
, who made a spectacular block.
With the clock showing 17 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Szeged resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by A. Lugano
in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high.
32 minutes into the match and the home team took a 1 - 0 lead after breaking through on the left. The scorer for Lepra was M. Kitrinos
It was 1 - 0 at the break.
Lepra enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 68 percent of possession.
Szeged's S. Böndő
was shown a yellow card after 64 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
A great save by keeper R. Sutter
after 69 minutes kept the visitors in the game after P. Schipper
struck from the left with a real cannonball.
Szeged had a chance to level the score as L. Schenkel
suddenly found himself free in the middle of the box with only the keeper to beat, but he misjudged the finish, and only managed to hit the bar.
's curling free kick almost found the goal for Lepra, but the visitors' keeper somehow managed to get ahold of it.
Lepra's C. Shirazi
swung in a good chance from the left, but the visitors' defence were able to clear the ball.
With 86 minutes played, C. Shirazi
could have brought this one home for Lepra as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
Lepra had most of the ball, with 72 percent of possession.
The most dominating Lepra player was without a doubt M. Grădinescu
was a disappointment, however.
Szeged's top performer was clearly A. Lugano
On the other hand, D. Linskär
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 1 - 0.