Legends beat England FC 3-1 in the heat

heatWe knew it was going to be a tough match because of the heat with a temperature of 34 degrees but also because we haven’t’ played a league match for more than 5 months due to the Coronavirus… that’s a very long break!!!

[ SPL V ] Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 1 England FC

With this heat combined to a well-understood low fitness level, our strategy was to stay positive at all times and to try to keep the ball as long as possible so that England would need to chase more and would get exhausted faster… We started well as England decided to sit back with only one striker up-front and it was a great cross from Haroun on the right which found Bob’s head at the second post which gave us the lead.

In the second 20 minutes, we played our best football and scored a great goal starting from the back with a very fast counter and finished by Mamdouh.

In the third 20 mn, our game went downhill of course partly due to tired legs but also we stopped playing the ball around and looked for the impossible ball or the impossible goal!

In the last 20 we agreed to keep the clean sheet and get our possession game back we got plenty of chances to score more goals but it was when Tomas went one on one with the keeper and though he bypassed him the keeper stopped the ball and England quickly went on a break with a long ball over our defense (yes looked offside but….) and they scored 2-1. England didn’t have the power anymore to score another one so we added one more with a fantastic 35m free-kick from Pat!!!

 

Final score 3-1 win and happy to be able to play again after such a loonnngggg time. The ice-cold beers tasted very good after the match! It was nice to see people from all over the world watching our match LIVE Ricky in San Diego and Mamdouh’s girlfriend in Colombia as an example!

 

For us, it is training on Wednesday and another match next Sunday! Well done legends & welcome back!

 

Cheers
Freek

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