first set of fixtures had been completed so it
was quickly on to Round 2. The opening game of
the round saw Men Behaving Chadli taking on AC
two teams were both on debut but now each had
a game under their belts to see what this eurofootballfives.com
malarkey was all about. Both teams had suffered
defeat in those opening games but with a bit of
experience behind them (and a little more time
to recover from last night's hangovers) they would
each hope to pick up their first points here in
first goal of the game is often pivotal in our
tournaments and so it was certainly advantage
AC Motxo International when Pedro Valiente Tejeda
put the Madrid team ahead. When 1-0 became 2-0
thanks to Juan Carlos Canizares Ortega it looked
like the points were safe. Isaac Barriguete Franco
in goal for AC Motxo was able to keep a clean
sheet and so it was a first eurofootballfives.com
victory for the Spanish. Well done to them.
Del Sur had looked good in their opening game
against Men Behaving Chadli and topped the embryonic
Group B table on 3 points with a +2 goal difference.
Just behind them were Lacey Green FC who were
level on points with their opponents but currently
in second with a +1 goal difference.
Green were putting in a second appearance at the
Algarve Open having appeared here 3 years at the
2015 edition of the event. On that occasion, they
made a steady start with 2 draws. After that they
finished up with loss – win – loss to finish in
third position on 6 points. It meant qualification
for the Plate competition. A resounding 4-0 win
over Club Tropicana Drinks FC meant they faced
AFC Shooters A in the Semi-Finals. The teams played
out a 0-0 draw but Lacey Green exited the competition
so far this morning suggested Lacey Green (and
Cruz Del Sur) might be aiming for higher than
the Plate. This game finished 0-0 but you felt
it was probably a good point in the context of
the overall group seeing this was probably a game
not to lose rather than a must win.
Pitch B we had two teams who picked up draws in
their first game coming head to head. Wealdstone
Raiders had picked up a good 0-0 draw with Portugal's
FC Gymnasium whilst AFC Chorltonian Vets had collected
a point after a 1-1 draw with Spain's AC Motxo
that good opening point behind them, could either
of these teams pick up a first win of the day?
If they could a share of the lead at the top of
Group B was on offer.
Raiders were making appearance #3 in eurofootballfives.com
competition. They made their debut at the 2015
Barcelona Fives where they finished third in Group
C. They qualified for the Plate competition and
met ABCDE FC in the Quarter-Finals. A 3-1 defeat
saw them depart the competition.
then played at the 2017 Vilnius Tournament where
they competed well in their first 3 games – suffering
narrow 0-1 and 1-2 losses and picking up a 0-0
draw against the eventual Plate winners. A heavy
loss in their final game consigned them to the
Wooden Spoon match. They drew 2-2 with The Crazy
Gang and then won the match 4-3 on penalties.
to 2018, here in the Algarve both teams would
go on to pick-up their second draw of the day
– goals were conspicuous by their absence as the
match finished 0-0.
complete Round 2 we had FC Gymnasium versus Elbersiktas
on Pitch B. This was another game between two
teams who had secured opening game draws. Chorltonians
and Wealdstone Raiders in the previous game were
unable to use that opening draw as a springboard
for a first win – could the Portuguese or Dutch
do so here?
FC Gymnasium's credentials (they were champions
here in 2015 playing as Futeboladas) you would
have felt they would have been particularly disappointed
with a draw first time out and Elbersiktas might
face a backlash. Elbersiktas were able to compete
well with FC Gymnasium though in what was another
close game in Group B.
the one goal would settle this match and it was
Joao Pereira who would prove to be the match-winner.
It was an important goal as it sent his team to
the top of the table. They shared the lead with
Cruz Del Sur and Lacey Green FC.