It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 3721 that came out to Stadio Gianfrappa da Velletri
. Svetlan Vasilev
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Mathieu Hutzheimer
and Adrie Nanninga
Atletico started off with a 2-5-3 lineup.
Starters: Dolorde - Leonforte, Bravo - Dan, Moy, Gandini, Fanta, Petraroli - Masciola, Scura, Clarabelli.
A 5-4-1 alignment was the formation of choice for sperantacraiova.
The following players had been chosen: Dragu - Palmisano, Kausich, Chaucer, Popescu, Burcescu - Lerond, Iagăru, Baudissin, Ciora - Dragu.
Atletico took the lead 6 minutes in, as D. Masciola
broke through on the left and put the 1 - 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper.
After 11 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by D. Masciola
might have resulted in another goal for Atletico. However, V. Dragu
made a spectacular save.
It was a hot and sunny day, and several players seemed worn out. Maybe this was why S. Ciora
found an unusual amount of space for his snappy footwork.
Atletico put in a good effort on the right, but L. Clarabelli
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 24 minutes into the game.
Atletico were given a gift! The ref dubiously awarded them a penalty 30 minutes into the match, which was neatly put away by L. Clarabelli
. 2 - 0 for the home side.
of sperantacraiova was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased the lead of Atletico to 3 - 0 as A. Scura
finished it off competently, firing in from an acute angle.
3 - 0 was the halftime score.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Atletico, with 64 percent of the ball.
The Atletico players could smell victory in the air. R. Leonforte
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for M. Buffa
after 46 minutes.
Atletico increased the lead as A. Scura
struck to make the score 4 - 0 after an attack from the left left him unmarked in front of the keeper.
Confident in their lead, Atletico's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Atletico coach let R. Lindhbratt
replace L. Clarabelli
after 70 minutes.
left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 75 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. A. Artsybashev
was the replacement.
The home side's F. Dan
came close to extending the lead 80 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but V. Dragu
managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
had a fantastic opportunity to put Atletico up another goal 81 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Atletico's D. Masciola
increasing the lead to 5 - 0.
unleashed a swerving effort from the right that the visitors' keeper did well to tip wide.
Atletico enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 66 percent of possession.
performed admirably for Atletico.
However, M. Buffa
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating sperantacraiova player was without a doubt K. Baudissin
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 5 - 0.