second Cup semi-final would see Group A runners-up
Duevi 1997 of Italy take on Bulgaria 's Group
B winners, Lozenetz City . Lozenetz City were
favourites as they were on a really strong run
of results in 2010 eurofootballfives.com competition.
They won the 2010 Manchester Fives and with their
Amsterdam results so far had won 11, drawn 1,
scored 34 and conceded just 1 this year. Duevi
1997 would have to pull out an amazing performance
to make the final especially with an outfield
player in goal having lost their goalkeeper in
their final group game.
the referee blew his whistle to kick the game
off Lozenetz City were on the front foot. Bojidar
Gorchev's fourth of the competition broke the
deadlock and made it advantage Bulgaria . Stoian
Nenkov made it 2-0 before half-time and the game
looked over already despite a hard-working performance
from the Italians.
1997 continued to work hard and never gave up.
In the second half they continued to fight and
try and drag back the two goal deficit. When Atanas
Minev scored his 6 th of the day to make it 3-0
it really was game over and there was no way of
coming back. Duevi 1997 were to gain reward for
their efforts as Alessio Covella's 7th of the
competition proved to be more than a mere consolation
for two reasons. Not only did it put him level
with Goldsmith Williams Liam Currie and Dark Horses
Richard Walker on 7 goals at the top of the goalscoring
charts but it also ended Evgeni Genadiev's quest
to set a unique record.
record was to be the first goalkeeper to go through
an entire tournament without conceding a goal.
In Manchester last weekend he went so close by
keeping six clean sheets before conceding in the
second half of the final. Close but no cigar.
He looked destined to take his challenge to the
final game in Amsterdam too until Covella's strike.
At the end of the day though, Lozenetz City were
in the final and what a final we had to look forward