who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? It was certain we would
have Dutch team as RFM met Athletico Do Hollande.
RFM certainly had a tough task as Athletico
Do Hollande had never lost a game in the knock-out
stage of a eurofootballfives.com tournament
and are the 2010 and 2011 Algarve Open champions.
said that, when the two teams met earlier in
the day RFM pushed Athletico all the way and
the teams were level at 1-1 until relatively
late on when Athletico pulled away to claim
a 3-1 victory. A repeat performance would do
just nicely for Athletico but RFM would be hoping
to get a little bit closer this time to dump
their opponents out of the 2011 Amsterdam Fives.
they had done so in the Group Phase, Athletico
Do Hollande took the lead through Fernando Pique.
In the last meeting they led 1-0 at the break
but on this occasion they could enjoy a 2-0
lead as John Hanst doubled the advantage. From
then on it was plain sailing for Athletico as
maybe RFM tired. John Hanst made it 3-0, Pique
made it 4-0, Brian Sno made it 5-0 and then
finally goalkeeper Redouan El Hamidi got in
on the act to make it 6-0.
was sensational stuff and we have never had
two such emphatic Semi-Final victories and what
a Final awaited. It was tough on RFM who were
much improved on last season – we look forward
to seeing them in 2012 to see how much they
have progressed again.