2175 spectators had come to police stadium
this cloudy day. Godefroy Groleau
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ulus Ünlem
and Saturninas Šemiakinas
police started off with a 3-4-3 lineup.
Starters: Robles - Rosso, Cau, Di Ruscio - Dellagiacoma, Zamperini, Panuccio, Pivioni - Ceretta, Altobello, Cornelatti.
A 3-4-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Ace VFC.
The following players had been chosen: Koltai - Sanzotti, Maksa, Staelens - Bobály, Heinlein, Iacovone, Castaño - Bogdán, Ascenzi, Høeg.
After 1 minutes, the police manager redeployed his men. J. Cornelatti
swapped positions with S. Panuccio
Some good play on the left wing created an opportunity for the visitors 4 minutes into the match, and G. Staelens
wasn't about to let it go by. He got past the defenders and fired a shot that the keeper just missed. 0 - 1 for the visitors.
increased the visitors' lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. 0 - 2.
35 minutes into the game police broke through on the left wing and E. Ceretta
managed to reduce the lead to 1 - 2.
In a rapid move 38 minutes into the match, M. Pivioni
of police lost his man and passed the ball to the unmarked G. Altobello
who easily hit it home to make it 2 - 2. Luckily the ref didn't see him taunting the opposing fans in celebration - naughty boy!
had a good opportunity to give Ace VFC the lead as he charged down the right and struck the ball towards the top corner, but the home team's goalkeeper made the save.
Ace VFC's H. Sanzotti
gave the visitors a 2 - 3 lead after 41 minutes with a superb strike from the right.
Halftime score was 2 - 3.
Possession in this half belonged to Ace VFC, who controlled the ball 53 percent of the time.
Ace VFC's L. Høeg
made it through the home team's defence on the right hand side 55 minutes into the match. After rounding the keeper, he only had to place the ball in the unguarded goal when a defender slid in and cleared the ball off the line.
With things not going too well on the field, the police coach made the decision to swap the positions of G. Altobello
and G. Rosso
with 60 minutes played.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, E. Ceretta
got himself booked. The manager of police was not happy.
After 67 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for T. Heinlein
who increased Ace VFC's lead to 2 - 4.
Given a free kick close to the byline, police tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let J. Cornelatti
slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 3 - 4, 70 minutes into the game.
With 72 minutes played, L. Høeg
of Ace VFC fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
With 73 minutes played, Ace VFC put themselves up 3 - 5 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was D. Bogdán
The players of Ace VFC now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
A drive down the left side allowed L. Høeg
to get in close and score another goal for Ace VFC after 76 minutes, taking the score to 3 - 6.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Ace VFC, with 55 percent of the ball.
performed admirably for police.
was a disappointment, however.
Most important Ace VFC player was L. Høeg
However, H. Sanzotti
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 3 - 6.