Galacticos (Por)

3

V

1

Kazakhstan FC (Eng)

Water Boy (Por)

2

V

1

Lacey Green FC (Eng)

Club Tropicana Drinks FC (Eng)

0

V

1

AFC Shooters A (Eng)

 
 

We 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 Kazakhstan FC.

Galacticos 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.

A 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.

A draw was probably not too good for either team and would most likely result in Plate qualification although only time would truly tell.

Goals 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.

In 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.

Would 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 awaited them.

 
 

Next up was Water Boy versus Lacey Green FC. In the context of Group A the game was academic for Water Boy. They had won Group A for the second year in a row already but they would want to keep their momentum going into the knock-out phase.

The stakes were higher for Lacey Green FC. Given Kazakhstan FC's loss, a win for Lacey Green would secure 2nd position and a place in the Cup. A draw would achieve the same as although they would be level on 7 points with Galacticos they had the superior goal difference. Defeat however would see them sweating on 6 points to see if that would be enough as one of the best 3rd place finishers.

Lacey Green FC were still unbeaten but this was to be their most formidable task yet. If they passed this test then they would be fully deserving of a place in the Cup. Water Boy were yet to concede today but that changed when Steve Evans became the first man to defeat Paulo Paulinho between the Water Boy posts. Unfortunately for Lacey Green FC they conceded twice themselves only the 2nd and 3rd goals they'd conceded today. Bernardo Agostinho and Joao Mendonca both scoring their third goals of the day.

The battle of the two undefeated teams ended with Water Boy claiming their 4th win in 5 games and were worthy Group A champions. Lacey Green sat in 3rd position with one more fixture remaining.

 
 
 

The final thing to wrap up Group A was Club Tropicana Drinks FC versus AFC Shooters A. Both teams sat on 3 points and there was still an outside chance of Cup qualification despite the teams currently occupying 5th and 6th positions. If either could win they would finish level with Lacey Green but need a minimum of a 2 goal swing for AFC Shooters A and a 3 goal swing for Club Tropicana to climb above Lacey Green. The teams would then need to see if that points haul would be enough for Cup qualification in third place.

Anything less than a win was of not much use as the two teams looked set for the Plate regardless of the result here.

With the game underway it was AFC Shooters A who drew first blood as Aaron Wheeler scored both his and his team's second goal of the tournament. The Cup qualification dream was still on but they first had to concentrate on winning the game before thinking about goal difference. Club Tropicana Drinks FC were no pushovers though and in their last @eurofootball5 appearance had won their group in the Barcelona Fives such was the quality on show in Group A.

Club Tropicana never gave up but they were unable to find an equaliser. AFC Shooters A had done enough to win the game but were unable to stretch the lead to find the goals that would see them finish 3rd. They would have to finish 4th but with just the one defeat they could be proud of their morning's work.

 
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

Water Boy (Por)

5

4

1

0

6

1

13

Galacticos (Por)

5

2

1

2

4

5

7

Lacey Green FC (Eng)

5

1

3

1

4

3

6

AFC Shooters A (Eng)

5

1

3

1

2

2

6

Kazakhstan FC (Eng)

5

1

2

2

2

4

5

Club Tropicana Drinks FC (Eng)

5

1

0

4

3

6

3

 
 
 
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