Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 4056 to Lo Stadio-Lampada dei "I Geni di Grosseto"
. Grigory Kovalyov
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jorgen Sebastian Bernoulli
and Ilie Ştefan
Grosseto decided to use a 2-5-3 set up.
Starters: Albasini - Rodeck, Peck - Weinbach, Reinert, Eiger, Pacini, Pezzatini - Saccucci, Vivona, Cuoco.
Pabl8 tactics involved an interesting 4-4-2 combination.
They fielded: Gómez - Araújo, Cochrane, Stross, Janson - Ciobotariu, Kaputa, Fernández Luarca, Egüez - Hernández, Reményi.
Pabl8 clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of Pabl8's F. Janson
after 16 minutes. He converted a pass from the left for a goal, resulting in the visitors taking the 0 - 1 lead.
With 20 minutes played, M. Eiger
of Grosseto fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
of Pabl8 took advantage of a mistake on the home side's right after 23 minutes which increased the away team's lead to 0 - 2.
After 30 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Grosseto found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
of Pabl8 was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
36 minutes into the game, Grosseto had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to weak
After 37 minutes a combination in the middle resulted in a through ball for L. Reményi
who increased Pabl8's lead to 0 - 3.
The referee showed Grosseto's G. Saccucci
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
Grosseto didn't give in and with 40 minutes played D. Vivona
was able to make the score 1 - 3 after an attack on the right.
1 - 3 was the score after the first half.
Possession in this half belonged to Pabl8, who controlled the ball 59 percent of the time.
A review of the gameplan helped Grosseto get back to a passable
organisation when the referee blew his whistle again.
behaved like an inexperienced youth player after 47 minutes as he gave the ball away to T. Kaputa
. Lucky for him though, there was no goal.
Grosseto refused to be intimidated and, breaking through the middle, F. Cuoco
managed to slip the ball home for 2 - 3.
The coach of Pabl8 was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 65 minutes, O. Alegría
came on for A. Fernández Luarca
became the new Pabl8 captain.
After a fatal mistake from the away team's right side defence 68 minutes into the match, an alert G. Saccucci
bagged the ball for Grosseto, levelling the score to 3 - 3.
This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when F. Hernández
slipped through the defence on the right to come up alone against R. Albasini
, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning reflexes.
With 71 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 4 - 3 lead as G. Saccucci
flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
72 minutes in, Grosseto appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only poor
's inexperience was obvious when his continual hesitation to put in a tackle allowed D. Vivona
plenty of time to pick an unguarded area of the goal for his shot, marking one for Grosseto. 5 - 3.
Pabl8 needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 89 minutes F. Janson
made way for T. Olmo Sáenz
After 89 minutes, Pabl8 switched I. Ciobotariu
with A. Rokoš
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Pabl8, with 70 percent of the ball.
performed admirably for Grosseto.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Most important Pabl8 player was F. Hernández
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 5 - 3.