The match kicked off under blistering sunshine. Ferreira Carrasco proved too hot to handle on the right-wing and quickly created the game’s first real opening, with Berbatov heading just over (5 mins). Within three minutes , the Bulgarian made the breakthrough with an unsaveable side-footed effort (8 mins), before adding a second with a fine header two minutes later (10 mins). FC St-Veit simply couldn’t cope with their opponents’ quality and on 20 minutes, YFC saw his efforts rewarded as he knocked in his side’s fourth, after beating several defenders. Five minutes later it was Valère Germain’s turn to get on the scoresheet with AS Monaco’s fifth (25 mins). Next up was Zimbabwe’s Mahachi, given a trial run-out, who beat the keeper with a shot into the far corner (38 mins). Berbatov ended the first half by completing his hat-trick (43 mins).
The one-way traffic continued in the second half, despite head coach Jardim making a raft of eight substitutions. Rivière was off the mark in short order to make it 7-0 (47 mins), and he was emulated by youngster Bahamboula for his first goal with the seniors (49 mins). As the skies clouded over, Ocampos smacked in a ninth (57 mins), before Rivière took the scoreline into double figures around the hour mark, slamming home the rebound after the keeper had parried an acrobatic effort from Ocampos (59 mins). The scoring rate slowed thereafter, although the Argentine did add a second to his personal tally following a cross by Fabinho (67 mins), while the Brazilian completed the scoring with a fine strike in the 78th minute. The final scoreline was 12-0, but more important for coach Leonardo Jardim was the chance to see how his players performed together after a fortnight back in training. The Red & Whites’ next game will take place on Sunday 20th July in Baranquilla, where the serious work will really begin.