Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 2422 to RedDiablo Arena
. Willfried Kreiensen
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jerzy Anzorge
and Hannes Arumeel
A 5-3-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Reds.
Lineup: López - Bar, Shani, Sapir, Monhait, Gat - Issa, Polishuk, Veber - Tzarfati, Refaelov.
Celona decided to use a 4-3-3 set up.
Starters: Brito Silva - Couto, Sousa Amaral, Carvalho Conceição, Louro - Morgado, Silva, Carvalho - Lourenço, Pereira, Monteiro.
For their match strategy, Reds had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Pressing was the tactic of the day for Celona.
With 5 minutes played, seemingly due to lack of experience, D. Carvalho Conceição
needlessly tripped an opponent just outside the penalty area, but the free kick that followed didn't succeed.
The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief when C. Silva
was unable to put the ball in the net after his show of skill down the left 6 minutes into the match. He was seen beating the pitch in frustration at missing such a good chance to give his team the lead!
Halftime score was 0 - 0.
Reds had most of the ball, with 54 percent of possession.
Reds almost scored after a counterattack 53 minutes into the match, but I. Sapir
took a shot from the left that landed harmlessly in the side of the net.
The pressing tactics used by Celona were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
Many thought D. Tzarfati
ought to have been awarded a penalty 84 minutes into the game, as he went down trying to dribble around I. Brito Silva
after a determined run through the middle.
87 minutes in, Reds's I. Sapir
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Reds took the lead 87 minutes into the game by 1 - 0, as Z. Refaelov
elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing off with a half-volley shot just below the bar.
Possession in this half belonged to Reds, who controlled the ball 58 percent of the time.
Reds's top performer was clearly I. Sapir
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating Celona player was without a doubt C. Silva
D. Carvalho Conceição
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 1 - 0.