Dark skies made the crowd of 2114 at mutni Arena
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Liborio Cigada
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Guillermo Arroyo
and Dean Gray
mutni had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Alcântara - Weener, Vrdev, Malenšek - Mastantuoni, Trobevšek, Huayhua, Malenšek, Prašnikar - Englaro, Turoň.
PotBlack tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
Starters: Filipescu - Varvara, Pusta, Profir - Pisică, Bolechowski, Anghel, Váradi - Seiche, Goidescu, Raportaru.
mutni saw most attack opportunities on the wings.
Making his way up the middle 16 minutes into the match, D. Mastantuoni
almost managed to squeeze a goal past the visitors' keeper, but the alert R. Filipescu
blocked it to keep the score level.
19 minutes into the game, PotBlack seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a solid
level of organisation.
After 30 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as PotBlack found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to poor
would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. T. Weyde
entered the game for mutni as the match clock showed 35 minutes.
mutni were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
With 35 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 1 - 0 lead as B. Prašnikar
flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
PotBlack's A. Raportaru
got himself booked for a foul.
Attacking on the wings was the choice for mutni, and they were successfully passing the ball from the middle to the wings to attack.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as mutni scored another to make it 2 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for T. Turoň
after 38 minutes.
mutni had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to focus on wing attacks instead.
mutni put themselves up 3 - 0 when S. Malenšek
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
Confident in their lead, mutni's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
Given a free kick in a difficult position after 41 minutes, mutni tried a variation that they had practised in training. The kick was sent into the area just in front of the keeper. However, the defence were on their toes and allowed no space for a finish.
Halftime score was 3 - 0.
mutni claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 70 percent.
Despite his frustration resulting in the smashing of a few teacups, the coach of PotBlack was able to get his message across, and raised PotBlack's organisation to passable
The coach of mutni was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 46 minutes, Š. Bratuš
came on for N. Englaro
Almost all the way down to the corner flag, mutni's B. Prašnikar
somehow managed to get a perfect pass into the middle, impossible to miss for Š. Bratuš
, who struck for 4 - 0.
had a fantastic opportunity to put mutni up another goal 56 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
With 60 minutes played, the PotBlack coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. A. Arsu
came on, C. Goidescu
had to leave the fray.
The PotBlack coach was desperate to reverse his team's fortunes in the game, and ordered his team to change strategy.
Unhappy with the result so far in the game, the PotBlack manager used a brief break in play after 60 minutes to give the players new directives.
The PotBlack players listened closely to their manager, as he gave new tactical instructions for the team.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 65 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. L. Mačerol
was the replacement.
PotBlack reduced the lead after 67 minutes to 4 - 1 as C. Pusta
easily chipped the ball past the home side's keeper after a dazzling play from the right.
increased the lead for mutni to 5 - 1, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
made a brilliant save 82 minutes into the match, blocking a rocket of a shot from L. Váradi
on the right hand side.
Possession in this half belonged to mutni, who controlled the ball 65 percent of the time.
mutni's top performer was clearly T. Weyde
However, M. Malenšek
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating PotBlack player was without a doubt O. Pisică
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 5 - 1.