The 2161 fans in attendance at Sportpark de Botervloot
were roasting in the hot sun. Simón Díaz
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Yariv Almog
and Helge Emminger
Hadrondeon decided to use a 3-4-3 set up.
The following players had been chosen: van Sonnen - van der Hoeven, Wentzel, Ronner - van der Heijden, van de Ven, Kampherbeek, Palmboom - El-Alami, ten Brinke, Bonke.
TIMISOARA tactics involved an interesting 5-4-1 combination.
Starters: Davidescu - Terranova, Taşcă, Micu, Delember, Boetes - Cambien, Olariu, Piţigă, Marturano - Dobrogeanu.
Hadrondeon used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for TIMISOARA.
caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 23 minutes. This gave Hadrondeon the 1 - 0 lead.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave R. Delember
from TIMISOARA a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 24 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
In a fantastic display of determination, Hadrondeon's I. van de Ven
forced himself to his feet, after an opponent viciously knocked him down.
TIMISOARA's counterattacks created a good chance for A. Micu
on the right after 36 minutes, but he could only look on with dismay as his strike rebounded off the crossbar.
Central attacks were the recipe of the day for Hadrondeon, as they moved the ball from the wings to the middle with startling regularity.
Cheers filled the stadium as Q. Palmboom
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 2 - 0 to Hadrondeon.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. L. Ronner
squirmed through their central defence after 40 minutes, increasing the lead to 3 - 0.
Hadrondeon's A. van der Heijden
left the field after 43 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was J. van Westerloo
3 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Hadrondeon enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 75 percent of possession.
With 66 minutes played, the excellent ball from the wing by Hadrondeon's Q. Palmboom
reached J. van Westerloo
's head, and he is not one to miss such an opportunity - 4 - 0.
The players of Hadrondeon now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
It was obvious that team Hadrondeon had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
Hadrondeon's I. van de Ven
was shown a yellow card after 77 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
was the unlucky victim and couldn't continue the game, so TIMISOARA's B. Mihai
had to come off the bench.
P. ten Brinke
was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper. However, Hadrondeon's J. van Westerloo
managed to get hold of the rebound and tucked the ball into the empty net. 5 - 0
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Hadrondeon's A. Wentzel
increasing the lead to 6 - 0.
It was a hot and sunny day, and several players seemed worn out. Maybe this was why R. Delember
found an unusual amount of space for his snappy footwork.
TIMISOARA's defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 85 minutes gone, but R. Delember
's finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper.
With 87 minutes played, J. van Westerloo
could have brought this one home for Hadrondeon as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
Possession in this half belonged to Hadrondeon, who controlled the ball 81 percent of the time.
The most dominating Hadrondeon player was without a doubt M. Bonke
However, T. van Sonnen
made a disastrous appearance.
Most important TIMISOARA player was V. Marturano
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 6 - 0.