Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 5033 at InterSolar
today. Fortunato Massa
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Henri Kardolus
and Morten Sævik
SpaceRangers tactics involved an interesting 5-4-1 combination.
Lineup: Anikin - Žigić, Jacobsen, Turchinovich, Schwizer, Kafri - Korolkov, Meskhi, Bobylkov, Koshcheev - Charino.
Wisla k had chosen a strategic 5-3-2 formation.
The following players took the field: McLoughlin - Roosenboom, Koçay, McDonald, Zapata, Colley - Obrátil, Chętkowski, Fitzgerald - Gomes Rocha, Werner.
Wisla k mostly ignored the flanks in favour of their ability to attack in the middle.
After 1 minutes, the SpaceRangers coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving E. Kafri
off the field. B. Pivetti
took his place.
9 minutes into the game Wisla k managed a counterattack, but S. Roosenboom
took a soft shot from the left flank that was easy prey for the alert keeper.
Given a free kick close to the byline, Wisla k tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let A. Gomes Rocha
slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 0 - 1, 22 minutes into the game.
SpaceRangers had to make a substitution after 27 minutes. V. Koshcheev
limped off the field and was replaced by I. Garev
36 minutes in, and SpaceRangers were able to score the equalising goal to make it 1 - 1 when P. Turchinovich
picked up a pass coming in from the right and chipped it past the away team's keeper.
's early cross saw the defenders caught out of position and the alert J. Charino
was able to pounce and roll the ball past the hapless goalkeeper to score for SpaceRangers. 2 - 1.
The referee showed SpaceRangers's P. Turchinovich
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge.
43 minutes in, SpaceRangers's T. Schwizer
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
2 - 1 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to SpaceRangers, who controlled the ball 54 percent of the time.
levelled the score for Wisla k, making it 2 - 2 on a free kick that went in by way of the right post.
SpaceRangers's J. Charino
tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders.
looked great 64 minutes into the match after stopping a shot from the middle of the penalty area from the visitors' A. Gomes Rocha
Wisla k's S. McDonald
placed the ball right at his teammate's feet after a corner, but S. Roosenboom
With 80 minutes played, A. Gomes Rocha
of Wisla k fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.
SpaceRangers claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 56 percent.
As neither team had managed to win, extra time was called.
SpaceRangers had a good opportunity to take the lead as P. Jacobsen
came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of B. McLoughlin
A. Gomes Rocha
came close to putting the visiting team one up 94 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but D. Anikin
managed to tip the ball to a corner.
There was still no winner after 30 minutes of extra time so the teams had to select a lineup for a penalty shoot-out to settle the result.
SpaceRangers's V. Korolkov
looked like he knew exactly where he wanted to put the ball, but unfortunately his shot went wide of the left hand post. Still 2 - 2.
Oooh - how unlucky! Wisla k's J. Fitzgerald
attempt hit the underside of the bar, but rebounded down into the grateful arms of D. Anikin
. The score stays 2 - 2.
SpaceRangers's I. Garev
looked nervous even as he was putting the ball on the spot. He didn't take much of a run up, and his weak shot was easily saved by the keeper.
Wisla k's B. McLoughlin
didn't look like he was confident as he stepped up, and produced a badly struck penalty - right into the arms of D. Anikin
. The score remained 2 - 2.
Clearly nervous from the start, SpaceRangers's S. Bobylkov
took a long run up, but could only blast the ball over the bar. The score remains 2 - 2.
Wisla k's D. Werner
coolly put the ball past D. Anikin
. 2 - 3.
SpaceRangers's D. Anikin
made no mistake. B. McLoughlin
didn't have a chance. 3 - 3.
Wisla k's S. Zapata
kept his cool as he faced down D. Anikin
. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 3 - 4.
SpaceRangers's S. Meskhi
penalty shot was very well placed but B. McLoughlin
went the right way, blocking it spectacularly. The score was still 3 - 4.
Wisla k's S. Roosenboom
, obviously having last minute doubts, produced a loose ball to the right post. Unfortunately D. Anikin
made a premature move to the left and didn't make it back. New score: 3 - 5.
The most dominating SpaceRangers player was without a doubt J. Charino
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Wisla k's best player was S. McDonald
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 5.