Clouds darkened the skies at des calanques
as 5162 spectators turned up for the match. Lucian-Corneliu Grădinescu
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Durk Wassink
and Noah Schatzjäger
etoile started off with a 3-3-3 lineup.
Lineup: Abdelmajid - Spilners, Bizet, Carrère - Galindo, Mastrodonato, Paulişan - Borrel, Silva, Ben Chrouda.
Predators tactics involved an interesting 4-3-3 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Lautanen - Przywoźny, Gomola, Víšek, Van Hove - Laibl, Friedel, Meller - Cardona, Novák, Lekeš.
Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Predators.
24 minutes into the game, etoile had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to passable
of etoile seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 1 - 0 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by R. Spilners
's penalty kick ended up in the arms of the keeper, preventing the equaliser, 30 minutes into the game.
After 35 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as etoile found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
etoile solidified their lead at the 36 minute mark, as D. Mastrodonato
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 2 - 0.
37 minutes into the match etoile's A. Galindo
head butted an opponent nastily, and so the referee sent him off immediately.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as etoile scored another to make it 3 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for M. Borrel
after 38 minutes.
The players of etoile now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
40 minutes in, etoile appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only inadequate
showed why he is feared on the counterattack, breaking through in the middle and scoring for Predators after 42 minutes to make the score 3 - 1.
It was 3 - 1 at the break.
etoile claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 55 percent.
The etoile players spent the break getting a rerun of the team's tactical organisation and regained a solid
organisation when the game started again.
A bit later, Predators's P. Novák
easily reduced the lead to 3 - 2 after a misunderstanding in the home side's central defence.
A great save by keeper S. Lautanen
after 70 minutes kept the visitors in the game after A. Ben Chrouda
struck from the left with a real cannonball.
76 minutes into the game, etoile seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to weak
etoile managed to extend their lead to 4 - 2 when D. Paulişan
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
After 81 minutes, R. Spilners
put etoile ahead 5 - 2 when he rose to head in a cross from the right wing.
84 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as D. Paulişan
broke through, making the score 6 - 2 for etoile.
Predators needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 87 minutes S. Lautanen
made way for S. Al Hussein
The bench was restless, and with 88 minutes passed Predators's coach gave A. Geryk
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. A. Meller
reluctantly left the field.
With 88 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock, Predators showed some good skill and were able to reduce the score to 6 - 3 when R. Laibl
got past the home side's central defenders right in front of the goal.
Maybe due to the uphill battle the team was facing, the Predators manager looked to change things around. After 89 minutes, F. Gomola
and R. Laibl
swapped positions on the field.
After 89 minutes, Predators switched F. Gomola
with R. Hoľan
, hoping for a quick impact on the pitch.
Predators had most of the ball, with 76 percent of possession.
A. Ben Chrouda
performed admirably for etoile.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
Predators's top performer was clearly M. Lekeš
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 6 - 3.