Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and El Campo Santo
saw a crowd turnout of 2247. Brian Allemann
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Maurizio Holzinger
and Luuk Samson
Deportivo tactics involved an interesting 4-5-1 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Giphart - Afonso, Dorrepaal, Ðurić, Balder - Slikboer, Bernlef, Kovačević, Tollens, Feloaga - van Hulst.
Düsseldorf decided to use a 5-3-2 set up.
They fielded: Berty - Ouzounidis, Biascica, Negri, Rosenberg-Lipinsky, Behrmann - Felekis, Camelo, Dufaj - Hudekamp, Aravantinos.
For their match strategy, Deportivo had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Deportivo could have put themselves ahead after 17 minutes but R. van Hulst
missed a volley shot on a ball coming in from the right.
After 18 minutes Düsseldorf tried to exploit their counterattacking skills, unfortunately, M. Rosenberg-Lipinsky
's shot sailed wide after his break down the right.
really should have scored when he was chosen by fate to confront a wide open goal following a great play by M. Rosenberg-Lipinsky
after a corner.
After 27 minutes, R. Negri
sent the corner kick right to B. Biascica
who headed it sharply past the keeper. 0 - 1!
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1.
Possession in this half belonged to Deportivo, who controlled the ball 53 percent of the time.
An indecisive keeper looked on as a free kick by Düsseldorf's R. Negri
put the visitors up 0 - 2 after 58 minutes.
A misunderstanding between the visitors' keeper K. Berty
and his left defence could have resulted in a goal for Deportivo, but L. Kovačević
's finish was way too lame.
Deportivo enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 56 percent of possession.
Most important Deportivo player was E. Bernlef
On the other hand, F. Giphart
's play was disheartening.
performed admirably for Düsseldorf.
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 0 - 2.