A brilliantly sunny day had enticed a crowd of 2353 to hortiguelas pub Arena
. Nicke Karlsson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Harald Vikblom
and Bjoern Biedenweg
A 5-3-2 alignment was the formation of choice for hortiguelas.
Lineup: Martins - Monroy, Esponellà, Köblös, Argento, Giani - Fiausch, Brocks, Mascaro - Carlés, Ben Yaghlene.
Nelsi decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
They fielded: Leoz - Barbour, Cereto, Sterdiadis - Petrov, Zhelyazkov, Reh, Freire, Yordanov - Sträßer, Atanasov.
For their match strategy, hortiguelas had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Nelsi were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
neatly controlled the ball after a short corner, and knocked it on to G. Yordanov
who had the whole net open before him, but only managed to hit the post.
received some harsh words from his coach after he acted foolishly 6 minutes into the match, probably out of lack of experience, and almost let an opponent score.
The referee signaled a penalty for the home side after 8 minutes, amid vocal protests from the visitors. hortiguelas fans erupted in celebration as R. Monroy
rifled the ball into the the top corner. 1 - 0!
Cheers filled the stadium as D. Carlés
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 2 - 0 to hortiguelas.
The teams went for the halftime break at 2 - 0.
hortiguelas had most of the ball, with 52 percent of possession.
After 65 minutes, the hortiguelas players received new instructions from their manager on how to keep in control of the game.
wanted to play on, but the hortiguelas coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 65 minutes into the game by P. Harlay
The hortiguelas players could smell victory in the air. T. Brocks
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for K. Sunesson
after 65 minutes.
Nelsi were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
82 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as D. Carlés
broke through, making the score 3 - 0 for hortiguelas.
After this, you could see that the players of hortiguelas were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the hortiguelas coach let M. Iranto
replace M. Giani
after 85 minutes.
hortiguelas claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 51 percent.
The most dominating hortiguelas player was without a doubt R. Monroy
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for Nelsi.
On the other hand, T. Atanasov
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 3 - 0.