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Legends beat FC Ferie 4-0

It was the last “summer” day in November with still 28 degrees and a blue sky on Sunday !

We had a thinner squad with a couple of players missing for various reasons ! But with an early 900 am kick off it was good to see all 14 players show up ! Because of our Japanese opponent we decided to play compact with a higher defense and our attackers helping to defend when we lost the possession !

In our previous two games we started well but this time we struggled to make good combinations and because of that we were looking for the long balls ! Ferie did get a couple of corners but there they were no real thread to us ! We did get some shots but we missed the target Fred came the closest when his strike hit the cross bar !

In the second 20 minutes we improved our game a bit and when we made a tactical change by moving Romain to the wing and Nico to the center it proved to be the missing link ! As within two minutes a strong ball from the midfield found Nico who laid off the ball perfect to Romain on the right and he didn’t hesitate to score with a low strike in the left corner !

In the third 20 minutes we had our confidence back and played our usual passing game. It was a perfect free kick of David who found Nico’s head and he was happy to see his effort flying in the goal ! However as we knew very well Japanese teams never gave up and it was a super double save of Clement our goalie that kept our clean sheet target alive !

For the final 20 minutes our priority was to defend our lead and don’t concede but after 5 minutes Mehdi who just came in set Mamdouh free with a great ball and Mamdouh didn’t hesitate to finish and score ! Right after that it was a super launched ball from David which reached Mamdouh on the run and lobbed the ball over the out coming keeper to make it 4-0 ! Believe it or not a few minutes later he scored his hat-trick which would have been the fastest hat-trick in history of the Lions but to his and our disbelieve the lines man pointed to the referee and told him he spotted a foul whereas Mamdouh just made a perfect should to shoulder block ! In the end we could laugh about it as we knew the three points and the clean-sheet was ours !

After the match we all went to our beloved sponsor Italian restaurant Senso to celebrate our victory and the birthday of our President who turned 60 recently ! Severino and his crew and family made sure we had a great time with great food and plenty of drinks… !!

Next week we will play Strosso at 900 AM !

Cheers

Freek

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