Clouds darkened the skies at La Trinchera
as 1677 spectators turned up for the match. Massimo Rubagotti
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Per Eriksson
and Markus Magnusson
empedrá decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Ortiz Molina - Jelnikar, Valdero, Thyge - Caurel, Gama, Valsera, Cromvoort, Sáenz del Molino - Barranco, Oliva.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for arenas.
The following players took the field: Lizana Lezana - Bacquet, Orihuela, Ulloa - Tafur, Hesler, Anfruns, Granic, Camus - Alert, Iriart.
The strategy for empedrá was to use their ability to press.
Today, arenas's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks.
This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when M. Anfruns
slipped through the defence on the right to come up alone against R. Ortiz Molina
, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning reflexes.
With 9 minutes played, P. Orihuela
of arenas fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
With 21 minutes played J. Jelnikar
almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide.
After 23 minutes, empedrá's M. Sáenz del Molino
swiftly ran past J. Bacquet
and nutmegged the keeper! 1 - 0.
The visitors almost came back with an equaliser 25 minutes into the match after a good combination down the middle, but when M. Iriart
tried to finish the attack, he couldn't deliver the shot hard enough to seriously challenge the keeper.
empedrá pressed their opponents, causing the game to be a bit of a stalemate at times.
With 29 minutes played, empedrá's M. Sáenz del Molino
almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
could have increased the lead after 32 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
Halftime score was 1 - 0.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by empedrá, with 55 percent of the ball.
The bench was restless, and with 47 minutes passed arenas's coach gave G. Acuña
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. J. Bacquet
reluctantly left the field.
After 50 minutes, arenas switched L. Hesler
with T. Martin
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
52 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as M. Barranco
broke through, making the score 2 - 0 for empedrá.
By now, the players in empedrá felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
The empedrá players could smell victory in the air. A. Gama
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for M. Kupiński
after 60 minutes.
M. Sáenz del Molino
unleashed a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide.
The visitors' right side was dangerous today; G. Acuña
made the home team's keeper look foolish as he easily reduced the lead to make it 2 - 1 81 minutes into the match.
82 minutes into the game, M. Barranco
had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came K. Suykens
arenas were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
R. Ortiz Molina
's name was chanted throughout the stadium after he made a fantastic save from G. Acuña
's shot from the left 85 minutes into the match.
of empedrá was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
empedrá put themselves up 3 - 1 when J. Jelnikar
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
empedrá claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 54 percent.
The most dominating empedrá player was without a doubt K. Suykens
On the other hand, E. Caurel
's play was disheartening.
performed admirably for arenas.
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 3 - 1.