|C.D. Banco de España||0||1||1||Loss|
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The game started with slight changes in the lineup from the previous week’s loss and a change in kit, Rami deciding to bring the older away kit sporting a sponsor that no longer exists. The back line consisted of Jorge, Pete, Rama, Ricky and Ed who valiantly made the effort despite his struggling lungs. The midfield had Oscar, Mati, Dave and Sean. Up top, we had the return of Joe and Luigi. The surface was delightful and the size of the pitch suited the fit men in red and white. Some great passing was on display and the Brits were favouring the left wing for attack, much to Dave’s annoyance, and passing combos were frequent. The deadlock was finally broken after 30 mins of sparring and great defence on both sides, a defensive error let both Dave and Joe get into position to score, Joe won the footrace to the ball and slotted it home. 0-1. The opposition bench began to show signs of worry as they had confrontations with the referee, never a positive situation in this league. Two management staff sent to the stands and a slightly bewildered FCB bench looked on and all had the same thought, “How was Rami the well-behaved coach?” The game remained tight and play continued much as it had until the end of the half.
The second half opened with Ricky making a tackle in the area and the referee giving a dubious decision and pointing to the spot. Their player calmly did the business and we were all level. 1-1. Renewed purpose hit FCB and they rallied. Rama came close a few times from dead ball positions, Mati delivering some very inviting balls into the box. Oscar then dribbled into the box and set up Dave who burst the net with his finish. 1-2. Rama came close for a second time as he hit the bar and Sean failed to net the rebound. A compact defence meant that FCB could hit them on the counter which is what happened when Dave got the ball in his own half and played a through ball to Joe who beat the keeper and his best efforts to bring him down to calmly score into an open goal. 1-3. Rami made some changes and emptied the bench with ten minutes left, Ady coming on for an injured Luigi, Macca coming on for Pete and Sam on for Joe. This did not affect the cohesion of the team as the defence was tight and the attack threatening, right to the end. Mati crossed the ball in and some much improved attacking from crosses bore some fruit, Rama made it third time lucky and a towering header wooshed past a helpless keeper. 1-4.
Man of the Match: Rama, Joe and Oscar
Quote of the Day: “You heard what Rami said before the game!” (Give the ball to me) - Dave Kane