Dark skies made the crowd of 1235 at Arena Słodków
a little nervous, but the rain held off. Kim Hjort
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Akın Gürtuğ
and Jean-Marc Dumonceau
SLODKOW tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Sandoval - Painevilu, Lerose, Balthazard - Bertalanič, Álvarez, Negoitã, Ghorbani, Parmonen - Madej, Kloza.
Rivia started off with a 1-5-3 lineup.
They fielded: Labisz - Royal - Klasa, Johannesen, Szczurek, Milenkov, Dzionsko - Jaczewski, Sroka, Pegan.
0 - 1 was the score with 9 minutes played, after M. Johannesen
cut through the central defence and chipped home a goal for Rivia.
The crowd was on its feet 13 minutes into the match, as SLODKOW's J. Kloza
found himself unmarked in front of the goal after a dash up the left side. He calmly put away the 1 - 1 equaliser.
rose like a salmon, and was very close to scoring with a header after a corner, but sent the ball just over the bar.
After 32 minutes, N. Parmonen
came in from the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to make the score 2 - 1, giving SLODKOW the lead.
33 minutes into the game, Rivia seemed a little tentative in their play as their organization fell to inadequate
A corner kick created great disorder in the penalty area with a goal nearly scored by N. Parmonen
. At last, SLODKOW's D. Balthazard
was able to backheel the ball in. 3 - 1.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in SLODKOW's E. Ghorbani
increasing the lead to 4 - 1.
38 minutes into the game, Rivia had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to weak
4 - 1 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to SLODKOW, who controlled the ball 62 percent of the time.
Despite his frustration resulting in the smashing of a few teacups, the coach of Rivia was able to get his message across, and raised Rivia's organisation to solid
SLODKOW put themselves up 5 - 1 when C. Álvarez
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
After this, you could see that the players of SLODKOW were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
After 60 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Rivia found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
SLODKOW's D. Balthazard
refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 74 minutes.
nearly reduced the lead 77 minutes into the game, but a splendid one-handed save by S. Sandoval
prevented the attempt coming in from the right flank from hitting the back of the net.
increased the lead for SLODKOW to 6 - 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!
A bit later, Rivia's G. Pegan
easily reduced the lead to 6 - 2 after a misunderstanding in the home side's central defence.
SLODKOW managed to extend their lead to 7 - 2 when F. Lerose
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by SLODKOW, with 58 percent of the ball.
SLODKOW's top performer was clearly C. Álvarez
However, A. Madej
made a disastrous appearance.
Rivia's best player was G. Pegan
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 7 - 2.