It had rained all day, but 4189 hardy fans still made it out to Barbera Bowl
. Guillermo Borges
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jonas Oblak
and Bilel Tayeb
United had chosen a strategic 4-5-1 formation.
Starters: Simonsson - Voiculescu, Schimmel, Reekers, Marche - Russomando, Karlsson, Aimetti, Christoffersen, Phúc Dao - Fotescu.
The Blues decided to use a 5-2-3 set up.
They fielded: Thahir - De Donato, Salemon, Hasyim, Reswandi, Vidal - Tuah, Bruggman - Barnes, Faris, Rafiudin.
The Blues clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
The boggy pitch disrupted the game, especially for technical players like O. Barnes
Thighs bulging, Y. Marche
charged past the weaker players, seemingly oblivious to the rain.
United took the lead after 18 minutes as a result of G. Aimetti
's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 1 - 0.
The Blues almost scored after a counterattack 30 minutes into the match, but P. Rafiudin
took a shot from the left that landed harmlessly in the side of the net.
almost put United ahead another goal when he curled a free kick over the defensive wall and almost into the net, but the visitors' keeper got there just in time to knock it wide.
The Blues's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 38 minutes gone, but M. De Donato
's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper.
An equalising goal seemed certain after 44 minutes when I. Reswandi
attacked down the left wing, but N. Simonsson
just managed to make a save to keep the ball out of the net.
United caught their opponents out with a clever counterattack down the right wing 44 minutes into the match. Y. Marche
was able to finish off the move - 2 - 0.
2 - 0 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to United, who controlled the ball 60 percent of the time.
wanted to play on, but the United coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 46 minutes into the game by C. Giussani
The Blues almost scored after a swift counterattack 54 minutes into the game, but A. Tuah
put the shot from the left flank just outside the goal.
The bench was restless, and with 65 minutes passed The Blues's coach gave Y. Guritno
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. I. Faris
reluctantly left the field.
A corner kick created great disorder in the penalty area with a goal nearly scored by A. Fotescu
. At last, United's G. Aimetti
was able to backheel the ball in. 3 - 0.
was called on to replace United's A. Karlsson
after 81 minutes following a nasty collision.
The visitors replied 82 minutes into the game, reducing the home side's lead to 3 - 1, as R. Bruggman
dashed up the middle, easily lobbing the ball over the home team's keeper.
After 87 minutes, J. Salemon
sent the corner kick right to R. Bruggman
who headed it sharply past the keeper. 3 - 2!
's curling free kick almost found the goal for United, but the visitors' keeper somehow managed to get ahold of it.
89 minutes in, The Blues's A. Tuah
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
United enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 59 percent of possession.
United's top performer was clearly N. Phúc Dao
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for The Blues.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 3 - 2.