02.02.2013, 17:30. Topkapi, Turkey. +16°C
KARPATY: Mysak (Lazarskyy, 69), Bidlovskyy (Cristobal, 69), Balazic (Zhovtyuk, 59), Plastun (Milosevic, 59), Ksyonz (Ozarkiv, 59), Tkachuk (Kenia, 46), Khudobyak, Stilic (Zahidulin, 69), Lucas, Kopolovets (player on trial, 46), Gladkyy (Zenjov, 69).
Head Coach – Nikolay Kostov.
LITEX: Pirgov, Popov, I. Milanov, Tsvetkov, Bozhikov, Jelenkovic, Slavchev, G. Milanov, Vanger, Vajushi, Junior.
Head Coach – Hristo Stoichkov.
Goals: Gladkyy, 55 – Isa, 86.
In the first half Karpaty dominated on the pitch and as a result Gladkyy had a couple of very good goal scoring opportunities but he was a little unlucky in those moments. Also Lucas had to score a goal after a perfect back-heel pass received from Oleksandr, but he thought what to do for too long…
In the second half Kenia and a player on trial replaced Tkachuk and Kopolovets respectively. Other substitutes came on the pitch later. As in the first half, domination of the Karpaty team was obvious and soon the green-and-whites succeeded. The combination was simple – an accurate cross performed by the player on trial from the right flank and Gladkyy rose highest in the penalty area above several defenders to head the ball into the top corner.
After that Nikolay Kostov made substitutions every ten minutes fielding more and more new players namely Lazarskyy, Milosevic, Zhovtyuk, Ozarkiv, Cristobal, Zenjov and Zahidulin. Naturally so many substitutions affect the team’s actions but normally in a friendly game coach has an opportunity to try different tactical schemes and players.
Of course final result of a game may be at risk in that case. Karpaty conceded a goal down to an unforced error on the right flank of defense. Isa capitalized on the opponent’ error and poked the ball into the net from close range past Lazarskyy. In few minutes Turkish referee blew the final whistle so this match ended in a draw. Karpaty players were gutted. Nevertheless their actions already looked like collective efforts and this time the green-and-whites really deserved to win…
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