Shanghai Lions Football Club

Lions stay on course

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-0 Azzurri FC

On Saturday we were playing vs the Azzurri and it’s always a though game because they play same style as us. After losing some of their games early season, they are now back in shape and didn’t lose for a while. Dimitri Le Sant, our goalie, came straight from Pudong Airport and arrived WGQ at 6:00 am loaded with his suitcase (see picture attached). Fabien Barbet was out injured and top player, Benjamin Guerin, realized after 5 minutes that it was enough due to a hamstring injury… We struggled in the beginning of the game mainly because Azzurri decided to stay deep and the result was an overstretched midfield with many gaps… 
In the first half Azzurri came the closest to score when Adam Kluger got away from Jack Boller and hit the wood work. The half time talk was not pretty and a few hard words were needed to stress the importance of this game. We had 45 minutes to turn the game around and that’s what we did. We started to control the midfield and created chances. It was Jack Boller who scored from a corner and this season our defenders prove to be our secret weapons as goal scorers! Azzurri tried to fight back but after too many substitutions they lost their play. Azzeddine Takouloufa went on a run and scored the decisive goal 2-0. Important result to stay on track for the title race!


On Sunday we played the Galacticos who have not won a game yet. It was important to work on the goal difference and that’s just what we did ! A 9-0 win and happy to see that our Young U17 Lions Sean got on the score sheet twice. Now that was our 13th consecutive win of this season and it keeps us on top of the SPL.


Good weekend with good results. However we are going in to the decisive months of the title race and in the end it will boil down on the commitment and the hunger for the title. Small details start to matter and a slip up can be deadly. As well we have a few injured players who need to take care of themselves and look for treatment and a recovery plan. Now it’s the time to all attend the trainings and work hard towards the end of the season ! Plan your holidays / business trips so that you don’t miss important games !


Looking forward to next weekend !




Cheers Freek

One Comment

  1. Remy De carvalho ferreira says:

    Be careful guys, schedule of games from SIFL Website is different :
    15th of March ==> DIB in Hebiguchi cup at 11h in WGQ
    22th of March ==> Metro at 9h in WGQ
    29th of March ==> Not defined yet

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