Shanghai Cosmos FC

Lions helped Cosmos to win

Last Saturday was the last SIFL match of the season 2020/2021 for our first team and the weather was excellent. We were playing against the Cosmos, a team with a couple of very fit and strong players. For that game, our team was composed of half Junior and half seniors players plus Juliano in the goal.

In the first 15 minutes, we played well and organized while the Cosmos decided to sit back with their one and only striker upfront. As it looked like an easy game some of our players stopped focusing which created large gaps between our midfield and defense. We did take the lead by a foul on Kevin B. in the box which Juliano (our goalkeeper btw) converted. Inexplicably, we stopped then to play and the Cosmos got several opportunities but Juliano saved us a couple of times. To make the matter worse,  Pat thought he could pass the ball to Kevin only to see his ball straight into the feet of the Cosmos striker who said “thank you very much” and went to score.

It was 1-1 at halftime and time to get things back in order. We changed formation with 4 players at the back. It worked well at the beginning as we created several goal-scoring opportunities… Indeed, we should have scored at least 3 goals. We should have also got a penalty for a clear push but the referee was not in the mood to help us… Out of frustration that we were not scoring, Pat moved forward leaving the defense exposed. We got punished immediately on a counter. In the last minutes we couldn’t turn around the score and the Comos got another gift to make the final score 3-1.

[ SIFL ] Cosmos 3-1 Shanghai Lions FC

We have one more training this Tuesday while next Saturday will be the SIFL season 2020/2021 end of the season tournament.


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