526 spectators had come to sahand
this cloudy day. Christian Myklebust
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Urmas Menčinskis
and Mario Incerpi
tractur started off with a 5-3-2 lineup.
They fielded: Eslami Moghaddam - Påske, Zuckerman, Batavani, Janko, Schrangen - Seikkala, La Cava, Saran - Lizarraga, Tehrani.
A 5-3-2 alignment was the formation of choice for sh-z.
The following players took the field: Stridbrant - Hajati, Saralehto, Creus, Ebrahimi, Amirabadizadeh - Irujo, Tobreken, Arenas Arnal - Holtenblom, Favale.
tractur were determined to use their long shot ability.
sh-z mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
Down the middle came A. Favale
, making a fantastic play that nearly had sh-z take the lead after 5 minutes, but K. Eslami Moghaddam
preserved the tie.
It was obvious that team sh-z had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings.
23 minutes of the match played, and a comedy of errors by the home side gave the visitors a chance at the lead, but B. Amirabadizadeh
, after finding himself dashing down on goal from the left with only the keeper to beat, sliced his shot horribly wide.
Halftime score was 0 - 0.
sh-z claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 71 percent.
tractur's T. Schrangen
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 54 minutes.
After 60 minutes, the sh-z coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving A. Favale
off the field. M. Franken
took his place.
As the 65 minute mark approached, the sh-z coach decided it was time for a substitution. A. Holtenblom
reluctantly made way for R. Walcott
on the pitch.
A lack of experience caused S. Ebrahimi
to make a difficult dribble close to dangerous opponent O. Lizarraga
of tractur, who took the opportunity to score making it 1 - 0.
After 73 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as sh-z found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
Against a lesser team, tractur could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 79 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave T. Saralehto
from sh-z a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 80 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
F. La Cava
's knee will be throbbing for days, but thankfully for tractur, he bravely continued in the match.
83 minutes into the game, sh-z had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to inadequate
tractur's K. Eslami Moghaddam
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 85 minutes having been played. M. Choubineh
was the replacement.
sh-z tied it all up, 87 minutes in, after a spectacular goal by R. Walcott
, who miraculously broke through the home side's central defence, making it 1 - 1.
tractur's F. Batavani
was shown a yellow card after 88 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Possession in this half belonged to sh-z, who controlled the ball 66 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 sh-z was able to get his message across, and raised sh-z's organisation to solid
92 minutes into the game, sh-z seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to solid
came close to putting the visiting team one up 97 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but M. Choubineh
managed to tip the ball to a corner.
99 minutes in, tractur appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only solid
100 minutes into the game, L. Irujo
was a hair's breadth away from giving sh-z the lead with a shot from over on the left. A prompt block by M. Choubineh
saved the home team that time.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 113 minutes into the match left sh-z's B. Amirabadizadeh
completely free to score. 1 - 2 for the visitors.
With that sh-z had won the game in extra time.
Most important tractur player was Y. Zuckerman
On the other hand, M. Choubineh
's play was disheartening.
sh-z's top performer was clearly M. Franken
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 1 - 2.