Results
 

El A Dees (Eng)

3

 v

0

Missing Magpies (Eng)

Athletico Do Hollande (Hol)

1

v

2

CEPL (Hol)

 

As the 2012 Amsterdam Fives Cup Semi-Finals were about to get underway we were down to the elite 4 teams in the tournament. We were guaranteed a Holland versus England Final with an all-England encounter in the first Semi-Final and an all-Dutch encounter in the second.

Let's start, as we so often do, on Pitch A with Group A winners El A Dees taking on Group B runners-up Missing Magpies. With the exception of one blip against Pimp My Side FC, El A Dees had looked strong all day and whilst they had not really blown any teams away they had consistently ground out the results they needed to top a tough group. That said, they won 6-2 in their final group game to win Group A so would come into the Semi-Finals on a high. Missing Magpies would be no pushovers as they had two draws, two wins and then a narrow defeat against Athletico Do Hollande. Both teams finished on 8 points in their respective groups so we expected a tight game.

When the game started it was El A Dees who took the game by the scruff of the neck as Oliver Wood continued his rich vein of form in front of goal as he scored twice in the first half to make it 2-0 to El A Dees. In the second half he went on to complete a second hat-trick in as many games and make it 7 goals in two games and 11 goals for the tournament he had a good lead in the top goalscorer charts now and his goals were the difference between the teams in this match. Final score, 3-0.

Our commiserations go to Missing Magpies and good luck in your next tournament campaign. There were signs a European trophy could well be hitting your cabinet sometime soon. For El A Dees the Cup Final beckoned.

 
 
 

So, who would meet El A Dees in the final? It was Athletico Do Hollande versus CEPL. Athletico Do Hollande came into the Semi-Finals as the team to beat with a 100% record of 5 wins out of 5, 18 goals scored and just one conceded. They were certainly favourites.

RFM and Missing Magpies had proved Athletico Do Hollande could be pushed close even though their attempts were ultimately fruitless they would give CEPL hope though. At this stage of a tournament the first goals in games are crucial and can often be decisive. In this fixture it was to be a CEPL goal that broke the deadlock when Adrian Tezyk struck. It sparked wild celebrations and was a lead they were to hold until half-time.

The second goal of the game also went to CEPL and it was Tezyk again with the strike and all the time the score was 1-0 the lead had looked vulnerable. At 2-0 they looked assured and as if they believed they could win and were going to be in the Final. Giorgio Fraenk pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 late on but it was too little to late and there was not enough time for them to find an equalizer. CEPL were victorious and claimed a magnificent victory.

It was a tough game and it was Athletico Do Hollande who missed out on a Cup Final for the first time in eurofootballfives.com competition. Captain Marvin Fraenk after the game said CEPL had deserved the win and had arguably wanted the victory more. We sadly had to say goodbye to Athletico Do Hollande for the day and we hope to see them return to eurofootballfives action next season for tournament #5.

 
 
 
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