Nigerian Cup Final Review

Supastrikas 5 – 6 Internationale (347308277)
9-7-2011 11.45

Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 98517 to Ago Iwoye Arena. The match took place on neutral ground. Supastrikas had chosen a strategic ‭5-3-2‬ formation. The following players had been chosen: van Spiegel – Gkazidis, Hazevoet, Hechingen, Ereš, Vinet – 弘軒 (Hongxuan) , Squella, Cheriyski – Pedulli, Eriksson.

A ‭5-4-1‬ alignment was the formation of choice for Internationale. The following players took the field: Sakushi – Souche, Piquer, Koneczny, Cardinaletti, Wedbeck – Suciu, Allenspach, Obi, Cavaille – Laterza.

Supastrikas tried to focus their attacks down the middle. Today, Internationale’s strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks. Internationale’s Pinco Laterza got himself booked for a foul. Anders Eriksson was the unlucky victim and couldn’t continue the game, so Supastrikas’s Ladislav Marušinský had to come off the bench. Supastrikas’s defence sent a ball soaring up the middle on a beautiful counterattack with 25 minutes gone, but Ivan Cheriyski’s finish was met by the reaching hands of the keeper. Many in the crowd felt the referee was being too lenient when he only showed Internationale’s Lasse Wedbeck a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 29 minutes into the game. The guests took the lead 30 minutes into the match, after a right-side attack resulted in Pinco Laterza scoring the 0 – 1 goal. Internationale was determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favor for the wings. Halftime score was 0 – 1. Internationale claimed to be the more dominant force in the game, and the statistics agreed with them – possession being 60 percent.

With 50 minutes played, the Supastrikas coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. Egon Sivori came on, Ivan Cheriyski had to leave the fray. Internationale had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to rather go for wing attacks. Players in team Supastrikas heard their coach’s words ringing in their ears and steered their wing attacks to the middle instead. The crowd roared in delight as Abramo Pedulli finished off a spectacular series of passes through the middle to even the score for Supastrikas 78 minutes into the match. 1 – 1. Some great play up the middle by Supastrikas led to a chance for Paco Squella to get the go-ahead goal after 80 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar. Internationale held the ball, with a clear 58 percent of possession.

Not having decided a winner at the end of regulation, the match went into extra time. Still tied after extra time, the crowd was buzzing as the teams prepared for a penalty contest to determine the winner.

Supastrikas’s Ladislav Marušinský was relaxed as he smoothly put the ball in the net. 2 – 1! Internationale’s Amed Obi made no mistake. Jacky van Spiegel didn’t have a chance. 2 – 2. Supastrikas’s 李 (Li) 弘軒 (Hongxuan) showed he has nerves of steel when it comes to penalty contests, easily changing the score to 3 – 2. Internationale’s Olivier Souche kept his cool as he faced down Jacky van Spiegel. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 3 – 3. Supastrikas’s Bastiaan Hazevoet penalty shot was very well placed but Andrew Sakushi went the right way, blocking it spectacularly. The score was still 3 – 3. Internationale’s Niculaie Suciu coolly put the ball past Jacky van Spiegel. 3 – 4. Supastrikas’s Paco Squella was relaxed as he smoothly put the ball in the net. 4 – 4! Internationale’s Pinco Laterza didn’t hesitate but Jacky van Spiegel managed the save, resulting in an unchanged 4 – 4 score. A confident Robert Hechingen of Supastrikas put the ball right where he wanted, but Andrew Sakushi was right there for the save. No goal. Internationale’s Julián Piquer cockily booted the ball with a short-and-fast instep. The penalty, going just wide of the mark, didn’t produce a goal. Supastrikas’s Marinko Ereš showed he has nerves of steel when it comes to penalty contests, easily changing the score to 5 – 4. There aren’t many players that have the cheek to take a penalty like that! Internationale’s Mickaël Cavaille showed he was one of them, as he made it 5 – 5. Supastrikas’s Michel Vinet hesitated a long time before shooting a penalty going just wide of the left post. Still 5 – 5. Internationale’s Oli Allenspach showed he has nerves of steel when it comes to penalty contests, easily changing the score to 5 – 6.

Most important Supastrikas player was Egon Sivori. Jacky van Spiegel on the other hand, had a terrible day. The most dominating Internationale player was without a doubt Amed Obi. On the other hand, Olivier Souche’s play was disheartening. The match ends 5 – 6.

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