Shanghai Lions Football Club

Lions clinch second spot in the SPL

[ SPL ] Gremio FC 2-3 Shanghai LIONS (18 Nov 2012)

Lions, this is what we call a “Lions Performance” ! Perfect playing condition and 14 very motivated Lions worked out a good strategic plan to beat the SPL leaders Gremio. It resulted into our best start of a game and in the first 10 minutes we were all over them. They couldn’t get any grip on our players and before they knew it we were 2-0 up ! It could have been more but it didn’t happen partly because of some weird lines man decisions as Kevin was over ruling the lines man a couple of times. Gremio got back into the game as we didn’t clear a corner and the scored with a low long distance shot.

Half time we put our act together and we all knew one more goal would kill the game off ! Dave our man of the match did just that…unfortunately into our own net ! The Gremio players went crazy celebrating all over the pitch quite funny to see that as they were not even winning the game !

We stayed composed and knew we could score any time we did just that after Jack saved our day first by flicking a ball going in just out with his big Kansas Toe. Martin our new 21 year old striker got his hat-trick and we took all three points ! Yes we did celebrate as well of course with ice cold beer after the game !

Now we are back in the SPL title race second place two points behind league leaders the Cowboys who beat ERS 5-2. Goal difference is going to be key this season we are good with 36 scored in 7 games and 10 conceded !

Of course there are always point to improve:

  1. We don’t get many good crosses into the box most of the time we cross without a plan / quite dangerous in case the cross is intercepted
  2. In the last 10 minutes we kept chasing for the 4th goals whereas we could have easily passed the ball around as all the Chinese player of the Hawks were exhausted.


Our next opponent are the French and because we don’t like French People we don’t have to look for motivation for this game ! (joking)


Happy Coach Freek

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