Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 1901 at Generali arena
today. Héctor Ríos
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Martin Varga
and Naftali Rossman
ASC started off with a 5-3-2 lineup.
They fielded: Ruiz - Tejero, Pavlů, Holán, 祖铭 (Zuming), D'Odorico - Skomro, Lees, Emad - Detremmerie, Graziani.
Bezionzmogiai had chosen a strategic 5-2-3 formation.
The following players took the field: Andina - Aladaitis, Katelynas, Raišys, Askoldavičius, Stan - D'Avack, Nonnoi - Parrado, Eilken, Di Lauro.
ASC clearly preferred using their ability to attack in the middle.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Bezionzmogiai.
ASC players heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead.
The visitors' central defence should have had no trouble clearing the pass to J. Detremmerie
, but the ASC player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead. 1 - 0!
After 27 minutes, ASC's B. Holán
fell awkwardly, but was determined to stay in the match. That's the spirit!
With the clock showing 35 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Bezionzmogiai resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by A. Nonnoi
in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high.
The referee showed ASC's J. Tejero
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
1 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by ASC, with 61 percent of the ball.
increased the lead for ASC to 2 - 0, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
Good work by the Bezionzmogiai defensive line after 59 minutes produced a good counterattack chance, which cut elegantly down the middle of the pitch and found G. Aladaitis
alone in front of the goal, but his shot whistled just wide.
Bezionzmogiai's counterattack was impressive and was only stopped by a shocking foul. Somehow, the referee's cards remained in his pocket - a terrible decision! A. Di Lauro
's resulting free kick was easily saved by the keeper.
75 minutes in, ASC's A. Emad
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Bezionzmogiai were forced into a substitution as A. Di Lauro
couldn't continue due to some rough treatment, forcing B. Onkel
to come in off the bench.
ASC had most of the ball, with 63 percent of possession.
ASC's best player was J. Detremmerie
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Bezionzmogiai's top performer was clearly B. Onkel
On the other hand, T. Askoldavičius
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 0.