began Round 5 with so many possibilities on which
teams would qualify for the Cup, Plate or Wooden
Spoon – certainly too many to detail here. We
began the home straight with Galacticos versus
could finish on a maximum 7 points with a win
and match their tally of points in the group from
12 months ago. It would be touch and go if this
would be enough for the Cup and they would have
to see if other results would go their way. All
they could do was go for the win though.
win for Kazakhstan FC would see them finish on
8 points and almost certainly qualify for the
Cup as one of the best two third placed teams
if not be good enough for second itself.
draw was probably not too good for either team
and would most likely result in Plate qualification
although only time would truly tell.
had to be well earned in Group A and most games
had been tight low scoring contests to date. It
was therefore refreshing to witness three goals
in the opening period but maybe not if you were
Kazakhstan FC as their run of 3 clean sheets in
a row would not reach 4 and they were on the wrong
end of the 2-1 score. Hugo Machado was the man
that did the damage for Galacticos with both goals.
Philip Beeston scored the goal for Kazakhstan
FC that kept his team in with a shout.
the second half the next goal was always going
to be vital – if Kazakhstan FC could grab it,
it was then game on. If Galacticos could score
it they probably had the cushion that would see
them win the game. When the goal arrived it was
Nelson Rodrigues of Galacticos that sealed the
points for the home team.
it be enough to see Galacticos go through? For
Kazakhstan FC it was a disappointing end to a
good morning's performance overall – the Plate