It was an early start for the Legends as the Masters as our first game was at 8:20 AM ! It was impressive to see over 15 Legends to arrive on time. Usually we are slow starters in tournaments but not this time as we hammered our Korean opponent 5-0 in twenty minutes !
With good spirit we started our second game but we found a tougher opponent. The Japanese team defended with all their players and their goalie was making save by save much to the delight of all the other Japanese teams watching our game. They even came close to score with their only shot of the game but Pascal our goalie made an incredible save ! It ended 0-0 and as usually for the Legends a draw felt like a loss.
Our third game against Strosso was a must win to make to the finals and we won 1-0 and it should have been 3 or 4-0 !
In the knock out stage we met Super 48 in the quarters and played our best game of the day with a 3-0 win.
In the semi’s we were up against Japan FC the winner of last year they had played one game less than us (by lucky draw they were exempted from the quarter finals) and we started to feel it in our legs. However our defense stood up firm again and it stayed 0-0 ! Penalties Laid / Nico / Fred and Pascal our goalie kept us in the race. Francois had the final on his foot but show his attempt stopped by the Japanese goalie and our last hope, Gwen, felt too much pressure and saw his effort stopped by the Japanese goalie as well ! Anyway our heads were up as a penalty shoot out is a lottery we just needed a bit more luck !
We played Strosso again for the third place and beat them 4-0 !
Overall a great day and good spirit in the Legend squad. We played 6 x 20 minutes games and didn’t concede one goal ! Nicolas was the top scorer of the Tournament ! Next year we will try again to get the trophy back to the Lions !
- Champion: Emerald FC
- Shanghai Japan Football Club (2nd)
- Shanghai Lions Legends (3rd)
- MVP: Curry Steven (Emerald FC)
- Top scorer: Nicolas Bouchou (Shanghai Lions Legends)
- Iron man (the eldest scorer): Ueda (Shanghai Japan Football Club)