5483 punters turned up at Koren's Doelpuntenparadijs
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Alessio Massaccesi
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Pablo Espejo
and Stef Eysenga
Koren decided to use a 5-5-0 set up.
The following players had been chosen: van der Zijden - Roşioru, Della Rosa, Marascalchi, Katzburg, bin Hj Uking - Casasola, Schwerdtner, Stalenczyk, Giraud, Mota Pacheco -.
Crickets tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
They fielded: Alamino - Díaz, Brinkman, Läfvenér - Pontiluis, Goldberg, Hood, Onitz - Zheng, Bader, Szóstak.
Koren immediately set off using their skill at pressing their opponents.
gave the visitors the lead 5 minutes into the match to make it 0 - 1. The goal was scored from the penalty spot after a handball in the penalty area.
Koren's C. Casasola
got himself booked for a foul.
Crickets's I. Zheng
went down after a savage challenge, but could continue playing after some medical attention.
Koren pressed their opponents, causing the game to be a bit of a stalemate at times.
40 minutes in, Koren appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only passable
43 minutes into the game, Crickets seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to passable
After 44 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Crickets found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 1.
Koren claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 79 percent.
The coach gave his players an extra tactical briefing during the break, and after that Koren had solid
During the break, Crickets's coach went through the team's tactics yet again, getting them up to solid
51 minutes into the game, Koren seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a inadequate
level of organisation.
The pressing tactics used by Koren were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
Koren's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
At this time in the match, Koren were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game.
After 88 minutes, Koren's P. Della Rosa
fell awkwardly, but was determined to stay in the match. That's the spirit!
Given a free kick close to the byline, Koren tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let V. Schwerdtner
slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 1 - 1, 89 minutes into the game.
Possession in this half belonged to Koren, who controlled the ball 76 percent of the time.
As neither team was able to break the deadlock before the end of regular play, the teams took to the field again for extra time.
Despite his frustration resulting in the smashing of a few teacups, the coach of Koren was able to get his message across, and raised Koren's organisation to solid
A review of the gameplan helped Crickets get back to a solid
organisation when the referee blew his whistle again.
As the 91 minute mark approached, the Koren coach decided it was time for a substitution. S. bin Hj Uking
reluctantly made way for L. Lagido
on the pitch.
V. Mota Pacheco
was handed the Koren captain's armband.
After 91 minutes, the Koren manager redeployed his men. O. Marascalchi
swapped positions with W. Stalenczyk
The Koren coach adjusted their lineup with 91 minutes gone. V. Schwerdtner
and N. Katzburg
assumed each other's positions.
91 minutes into the game, Koren wanted to bring some new energy to their game. N. Katzburg
gave D. Bouwens
a quick hug as he left the field.
92 minutes into the match, the referee signalled for a Koren substitution. S. Geraedts
came on for P. Della Rosa
After some beautiful movement down the left wing, C. Casasola
scored for Koren putting them ahead 2 - 1, after 92 minutes.
This put an end to extra time, making Koren the winners.
Koren's best player was O. Marascalchi
F. van der Zijden
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating Crickets player was without a doubt K. Szóstak
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 2 - 1.