Penalty leads way for Lexmax win. Balzan’s approach far better than opening match

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 17:31

by Sandro Micallef

UEFA Futsal Cup 2012

Balzan FC Futsal 0

Lexmax Chisinau 3

Balzan made their opponents Lexmax Chisinau sweat to gain their opening three points of Group A of the UEFA Futsal Cup 2012. A controversial penalty awarded in the second half of the game  paved way to a hard fought match in which the Malta Futsal Champions lost again. But contrary to what we witnessed in the debut of the competition yesterday, the players came off the pitch at the end of the game with their head up. The Thursday morning debriefing session seems to have left the desired impact as Balzan were much better organised in their set up and tactical play.

They were facing Lexmax Chisinau hot favourites to win this group and advance to the main round of the UEFA Futsal Cup. Florin Anton made no surprise changes bar his keeper’s choice where ex Zurrieq Futsal Reuben Grech was given the green light to deputize in a UEFA competition to replace Xerxen who played the first game. Grech stayed cool and focused in front of a series of attacks and attempts at goal by the Moldavian players especially in the first 20 minutes of the game.

The first five minutes sent out a clear message to player coach Vasile Arlet that the Malta side was not in for another shocking scoreline. Balzan keeper Grech had to block and save several shots at goal by the likes of Lungu, Negara and Baesu amongst others. Balzan responded extremely well with some encouraging exchanges in the half field masterminded by Aleksander Ribic who had a good game along with Scicluna, Anicic and Del Re.

Frustration was being witnessed amongst the Moldova players and on their bench as they could not find their way in to break the deadlock which luckily for Balzan did bot break till the half time talk. Before the end of the first half the Malta Futsal representatives in UEFA a a golden opportunity to go a goal up when Zeljko Anicic missed what seemed an easy tap in on the second post. Earlier Balzan went again close with Del Re and Bonello.

The turning point of the game came some minutes into the second half when Lexmax were awarded a penalty for a hands ball infringement just inside the penalty area as robust Basil Emeka allegedly touched the ball with his hand. Baesu from the penalty spot did not give any chance to Grech who turned to pull the ball back from his net after a powerful shot.

Despite going a goal down Balzan kept cool and tried to maximize damage control with some good posession and some fine moves by Anton, Ribic and Manea.

Two goals in a minute closed the game as Balzan registered a mini black out when conceding the second and third goal by Tunarcov and again by Baesu. Notwithstanding the fact that the game was practically closed the players continued with their game plan and it was only bad luck that they did not manage at least a consolation goal.

In the wrap up minutes Anton awarded some playing time to two dedicated players Christian Micallef and Matthew Cocks who were part of the team but did not play in the first match when Balzan FC Futsal lost 9-1 to Leotar.

Line Ups:

Balzan FC Futsal. Grech, Cocks, Emeka, Anicic, Bonello, Ribic, Manea, Scicluna, Micallef, Anton, Xerxen, Del Re.

Lexmax Chisinau. Capsamun, Lungu, Arlet, Negara, Podlesnov, Vicolas, Baesu, Hilotii, Crivoi, Iavorschi, Chiper, Tanurcov

Scorers: Baesu 22.25min (penalty), 26.53min, Tanurcov 27.14min

Aftermatch comments:

Watch Nicola Del Re with his comments after the game – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi5-tDCwdWc&feature=youtu.be

Player coach Florin Anton praised his players for the extra effort in the match. He was speaking at the post match UEFA press conference. “We were tactically better and the players followed my instructions and it was clear as from the start that we had a better approach to the game. We tried to play Futsal and we managed” he added. When asked if it was difficult to prepare for this game after the heavy defeat in the first group game Anton replied “We obviously spoke together with the players and tried to arrange what went wrong in the first game, I am not happy with the result because we lost but we played a very decent game and we were unlucky in some instances”

Other match day results:

Helvécia Helvécia 2-1 Edro Vlorë Edro Vlorë
First referee: Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ) – Second referee: Mario Bohun (SVK)
Stadium: Birkerod Iorietscenter, Birkerød (DEN)
Ilves Ilves 3-0 Cardiff Cardiff
First referee: Shota Kukhilava (GEO) – Second referee: Patrik Porkert (AUT)
Stadium: Palace of Culture and Sports, Varna (BUL)
Antwerpen Antwerpen 18-0 Santos Santos
First referee: Kreshnik Hakrama (ALB) – Second referee: Moshe Bohbot (ISR)
Stadium: Halle Carpentier, Paris (FRA)
EID EID 3-2 Ankara Ankara
First referee: Amil Gerina (MNE) – Second referee: Tarik Keco (BIH)
Stadium: SHS Wr. Neustadt Dr. Fred Sinowatz Schule, Wiener Neustadt (AUT)
Maccabi Nahalat Maccabi Nahalat 3-3 Shahumyan Shahumyan
First referee: Damir Radović (SRB) – Second referee: Septimiu Burtescu (ROU)
Stadium: Poliesportiu d’Andorra, Andorra la Vella (AND)
Varna Varna 7-2 Ibra Göteborg Ibra Göteborg
First referee: Vyacheslav Daragan (UKR) – Second referee: Marjan Markoski (MKD)
Stadium: Palace of Culture and Sports, Varna (BUL)
København København 1-6 Lidselmash Lidselmash
First referee: Marcelino Blázquez Sierra (ESP) – Second referee: Costas Nicolaou (CYP)
Stadium: Birkerod Iorietscenter, Birkerød (DEN)
Leotar Leotar 9-1 Balzan Balzan
First referee: Tomasz Frak (POL) – Second referee: Christophe Paitreault (FRA)
Stadium: Miloš Mrdić, Trebinje (BIH)
Paris Paris 6-3 Hamburg Hamburg
First referee: Petar Mantev (MKD) – Second referee: Fredric Nilholt (SWE)
Stadium: Halle Carpentier, Paris (FRA)
Encamp Encamp 2-4 Vegakameratene Vegakameratene
First referee: Ainar Kuusk (EST) – Second referee: Yusif Nurullayev (AZE)
Stadium: Poliesportiu d’Andorra, Andorra la Vella (AND)
Allstars Allstars 9-4 Minerva Minerva
First referee: Maksim Dzeikala (BLR) – Second referee: Vladimir Kadykov (RUS)
Stadium: SHS Wr. Neustadt Dr. Fred Sinowatz Schule, Wiener Neustadt (AUT)
9 August 2012
Lidselmash Lidselmash 2-1 Helvécia Helvécia
First referee: Mario Bohun (SVK) – Second referee: Marcelino Blázquez Sierra (ESP)
Stadium: Birkerod Iorietscenter, Birkerød (DEN)
Ibra Göteborg Ibra Göteborg 3-5 Ilves Ilves
First referee: Patrik Porkert (AUT) – Second referee: Vyacheslav Daragan (UKR)
Stadium: Palace of Culture and Sports, Varna (BUL)
Hamburg Hamburg 8-6 Antwerpen Antwerpen
First referee: Fredric Nilholt (SWE) – Second referee: Kreshnik Hakrama (ALB)
Stadium: Halle Carpentier, Paris (FRA)
Bijelo Polje Bijelo Polje 7-6 Anzhi Tallinn Anzhi Tallinn
First referee: Ramil Namazov (AZE) – Second referee: Andri Vigfusson (ISL)
Stadium: Sport Recreation Center Kale-Skopje, Skopje (MKD)
Minerva Minerva 9-6 EID EID
First referee: Amil Gerina (MNE) – Second referee: Tarik Keco (BIH)
Stadium: SHS Wr. Neustadt Dr. Fred Sinowatz Schule, Wiener Neustadt (AUT)
Vegakameratene Vegakameratene 0-0 Maccabi Nahalat Maccabi Nahalat
First referee: Yusif Nurullayev (AZE) – Second referee: Ainar Kuusk (EST)
Stadium: Poliesportiu d’Andorra, Andorra la Vella (AND)
Varna Varna 4-1 Cardiff Cardiff
First referee: Marjan Markoski (MKD) – Second referee: Shota Kukhilava (GEO)
Stadium: Palace of Culture and Sports, Varna (BUL)
København København 6-3 Edro Vlorë Edro Vlorë
First referee: Costas Nicolaou (CYP) – Second referee: Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ)
Stadium: Birkerod Iorietscenter, Birkerød (DEN)
Balzan Balzan 0-3 Lexmax Lexmax
First referee: Christophe Paitreault (FRA) – Second referee: Mario Silva (POR)
Stadium: Miloš Mrdić, Trebinje (BIH)
Paris Paris 18-2 Santos Santos
First referee: Moshe Bohbot (ISR) – Second referee: Petar Mantev (MKD)
Stadium: Halle Carpentier, Paris (FRA)
Zelezarec Zelezarec 3-1 Bekentas Bekentas
First referee: Ozan Soykan (TUR) – Second referee: Jacky Subocz (FRA)
Stadium: Sport Recreation Center Kale-Skopje, Skopje (MKD)
Encamp Encamp 6-2 Shahumyan Shahumyan
First referee: Septimiu Burtescu (ROU) – Second referee: Damir Radović (SRB)
Stadium: Poliesportiu d’Andorra, Andorra la Vella (AND)
Allstars Allstars 3-3 Ankara Ankara
First referee: Tarik Keco (BIH) – Second referee: Maksim Dzeikala (BLR)
Stadium: SHS Wr. Neustadt Dr. Fred Sinowatz Schule, Wiener Neustadt (AUT)

 

The Leotar Sports Hall in Trebinje





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