heimu 3 - 2 Grilled
725 spectators had found their way to Blackwood Field, despite the heavy rain. Izhar Krinizky
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Antônio de Leite
and Serdar Gökbayrak
. heimu started off with a 3-5-2 lineup. Starters: Lo Iacono - Hasllani, Chao Cheng, Triebenbacher - Obojes, Grgurović, Gilucevičius, Hinderdael, Randegger - Babul, Rentz.
A 2-5-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Grilled. The following players took the field: Stacey - 福泉 (Fuquan) , Madaini - bin Jantan, 长春 (Changchun), Shun An, Djekshenkulov, 尊文 (Zunwen) - bin Mohd Kassim, Ying Lee, 勇航 (Yonghang).
Grilled used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings. 卢 (lu) 尊文 (Zunwen)
was having a great game - if anything the pouring rain seemed to be spurring him on! Woon Shun An
came close to putting the visiting team one up 13 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but Vittorio Lo Iacono
managed to tip the ball to a corner. Grilled had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks. Grilled took the lead 26 minutes into the game, making the score 0 - 1 after some elegant movement down the middle. 田 (Tian) 勇航 (Yonghang)
was the scorer. The referee showed Grilled's 凌 (Ling) 福泉 (Fuquan)
the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. Chow Ying Lee
was, after 32 minutes, almost able to extend the visitors' lead with a well placed diving header after the ball had looped into the centre, but the home side's keeper Vittorio Lo Iacono
made the save. It was 0 - 1 at the break. Grilled claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 53 percent.
Just a few inches to the right, and the visitors could have had a goal 52 minutes into the match. Qassem Madaini
surely wishes he could do that free kick over again. It was a bad day for the usually speedy Kostandin Hasllani
. The mud seemed to slow him down. 凌 (Ling) 福泉 (Fuquan)
received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 63 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 0 - 2. The Grilled fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early. The home team's supporters got excited again when Mike Randegger
broke through the visitors' central defence and caught their keeper off guard, making it 1 - 2. 68 minutes in, and heimu were able to score the equalising goal to make it 2 - 2 when Paul Pattrick Rentz
picked up a pass coming in from the right and chipped it past the away team's keeper. heimu broke through on the left 71 minutes into the game, with Willy Hinderdael
firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 3 - 2 lead. With 89 minutes played, the Grilled coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. Alex Fonseca
came on, 卢 (lu) 尊文 (Zunwen)
had to leave the fray. Grilled had most of the ball, with 54 percent of possession.
heimu's top performer was clearly Stanisław Babul
. Kostandin Hasllani
was a disappointment, however. Most important Grilled player was Mohd Safri bin Mohd Kassim
. Alex Fonseca
turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 3 - 2.