It was an early kick off on a rainy day but all players made it on time with the help of Didi ! The field was slippery due to the rain and not easy to play on. In the first 15 minutes we kept most of the possession and our Chinese opponent decided to sit back. We got a wake up call when a simple pass went straight to the opponent and we got 3 defenders out of position and faced a 3 vs 1 situation which they finished easy to make it 0-1. Soon we found ourselves in more trouble as we let them shoot on the wet pitch and the ball slipped under Robin our goalie. We got plenty of free kicks and corners to come back in the match but waisted them all…
During half time we took the chance to point out the weak points and knew we had 35 minutes left to come back in the match ! Amavi was brought down right at the edge of the penalty box and Pat (our sweeper) came up to blast the ball in the left side of the goal. Thing started to look better for us especially when the Chinese team got a player send off after a challenge on Benji and a bad word to the referee. With three minutes on the clock to play we got a free kick on the right and Yohan curled the ball towards Fabi and Pat… It was Pat who scored the equalizer with a good header 2-2 ! We smelled blood and went for a third goal however we got a reality check again when we gave away a totally unnecessary free kick on the left side of the box in the last minute. Their best player, the No. 9 was surely not going to cross that ball but shoot it… He did it and blasted the ball in the top of the net ! It was a real pity as all the goals we conceded we gave them away by our mistakes and we could easily have made it to the third round of the Chen Yi Cup.
We will try to do better next year !