Results
 

Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

0

V

2

11 Esperancas Faz Clube (Por)

Galacticos (Por)

1

V

2

Mini FC (Por)

FC Hollywood (Eng)

0

V

1

Scoregasm (Eng)

 

Round 5 began with 11 Esperancas Faz Clube and Red Cow Belgrade. Red Cow Belgrade knew they would finish in 6th place and that this would be their final fixture of the day they would look to bow out with a bit of a flourish. For 11 Esperancas Faz Clube there was still much to play for but they needed a win. A defeat would mean 5th place and elimination. A draw might be enough but they would need FC Hollywood to lose by 3 goals. If they could win then this would force FC Hollywood to win in order for them not to qualify.

11 Esperancas quest for victory started well as they took a first half lead through Pedro Botelho. In the second half was one of the comical moments of the day as Ricardo Cartaxo was presented with a chance from about 6 yards. The Red Cow Belgrade keeper came out to block and looked like he had it covered until Cartaxo mishit it, looked like with a sand wedge, and the ball looped up and in at an incredible angle to drop and nestle in the net. It was a curious goal and Cartaxo was highly embarrassed and looked to hide rather than to celebrate. It summed up Red Cow Belgrade's luck today as they exited the competition with a 2-0 defeat.

11 Esperancas Faz Clube had done their bit they needed to sweat on other results. For Red Cow Belgrade it was a tough day at the office but we knew we would see them again in October for the Barcelona Fives. We look forward to seeing you all then.

 
 
 

Mini FC entered another top of the table clash in the penultimate fixture of Group B. They met Galacticos who were in 2nd position courtesy of goal difference over Scoregasm. Mini FC only needed a point to secure Cup qualification and the Group B title. Defeat for Mini FC combined with a win for Scoregasm would see a 3-way tie and it come down to goal difference. Mini FC had a healthy goal difference so would probably be alright. Galacticos had to better the result of Scoregasm to go through and if they matched the result would need to retain the superior goal difference to make the Cup.

There was so much riding on this game the tension was palpable. It was Mini FC who would be celebrating in the early stages as they forged a 2-0 lead through Nelio Guerreiro and Artur Rosso. It looked all over for Galacticos but they had a lifeline a clever free kick saw an audacious chip over the goalkeeper and a defender handling the ball on the line to prevent the goal. The referee signaled for a penalty and brandished the red card. Mauro Cardoso dragged them back into by converting the penalty for 2-1. The game was back in the balance and if Galacticos could rescue a draw they still had a chance of making the Cup. However, Mini FC held on and time ran out for Galacticos.

Mini FC were crowned Group B champions and marched into the Cup Semi-Finals. For Galacticos it meant they could no longer make the Cup and the Plate would await them.

 
 
 

Into Game 15 of Group B and there was still much to decide. Scoregasm could clinch second place and Cup qualification with a win or a draw. FC Hollywood were still very in it and a win for them would see them move onto 8 points and leapfrog both Scoregasm and Galacticos. However, a draw or defeat would mean FC Hollywood would be out of the competition. Their future in this tournament was really on a roller-coaster knife-edge (to mix metaphors).

We reached half-time all square at 0-0 and it was pretty even. In the second half FC Hollywood were pushing forward with the urgency you would expect for a team who had to win the game. Scoregasm seemed fairly content and unhurried knowing that a draw would see them through. As the second half progressed FC Hollywood were pushing forward more and more and leaving more and more space in behind. Although still in the group phase this was becoming like a knock-out Cup tie.

FC Hollywood certainly weren't going to go out wondering but the Scoregasm defence held firm and then when a FC Hollywood move broke down with men high up the pitch. Scoregasm swiftly countered and saw Penrose round the keeper but hit the post. Bradley Cross was first to the rebound to sweep home as defenders through themselves at the ball in desperation. In that moment you felt that both teams knew that was the winner and so it proved. Scoregasms progressed to the Cup. FC Hollywood in the cruellest of fashion said farewell to their 3rd Algarve Open challenge.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Mini FC (Por)

5

4

1

0

9

2

13

Scoregasm (Eng)

5

3

1

1

7

4

10

Galacticos (Por)

5

2

1

2

7

5

7

11 Esperancas Faz Clube (Por)

5

2

1

2

4

3

7

FC Hollywood (Eng)

5

1

2

2

4

4

5

Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

4

0

0

4

1

14

0

 
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