Legends beat PF United and start new season with a win
Last Sunday, we were a bit surprised to see our opponent PF United to come with 26 players for the match. As in the veteran league, we play 4 x 20 minutes; it was like we were facing a new squad for every quarter time!!! Our strategy was to create corners and free-kicks and be alert on their counter attacks.
[ SPL V ] Shanghai Lions FC 2-0 PF United
In the first 20 minutes, we played well but should have taken the lead as we got two clear chances in the first minutes. It was important to score first as Japanese teams are masters in counter football.
In the next 20 minutes, PF United was more dangerous and came closer to score we did get a lot of corners and a couple of free-kicks but failed to convert them.
The match turned positively into Lion’s favor in the third 20 minutes. First PF United had the best scoring opportunity of the game out running our defense with only our goalie Clement left to beat… Luckily, he saved the shot and saved our match. They got one more close encounter but with few minutes to go PF United gifted us a goal-scoring opportunity as Masa-san was fouled in the box. SKIV stayed cool and scored the penalty in the left corner.
With a 1-0 lead going into the last 20 minutes we were motivated to keep the clean sheet and strengthened our defense a bit in order for ourselves to also play on the counter. On a cross from Nico, FL did a great header which went in after hitting both the crossbar & the goal line. PF United said no goal but we called for the VAR… the referee had no choice but to call it in.
Overall a very good team effort and performance from the Legends and the Corona’s after the match tasted good. Next up will be our match against the Bulls 09:00 on Sunday Oct 18th, 2020.