B, on paper, looked like the Group of Death and
so it would prove to be. Defending champions Rapid
Bosco Navas of Spain would be joined in the line-up
by 2009 Prague Masters winners Lozenetz City of
Bulgaria. Tsunami FC and Hawks of England who
were making their debuts would have a quite challenge.
the opening game of Group B, Rapid
Bosco Navas continued where they left off
in 2008 as they quickly established a 2-0 lead
through Pablo ‘Magic' Garin and Juan Martinez.
From this early setback Tsunami
FC bounced back and grew into the game.
Whilst they competed better as the game went on
the goals proved elusive resulting in an opening
game win for Rapid Bosco Navas. The Spaniards
were aiming to become the first team to successfully
defend a title in eurofootballfives.com history
and they had negotiated the first hurdle.
Pitch D, one of the stories of the group phase
was emerging as one of the pre-tournament favourites
Lozenetz City were
finding it tough against a tidy looking outfit
in the form of Hawks.
Lozenetz City were unbeaten in eurofootballfives.com
competition so any team that could beat them must
have shown a lot of quality. When Lozenetz City
won the 2009 Prague Masters they did see with
vociferous support and a free-scoring style of
play. Maybe it was the early start (and last night's
beers) that kept them subdued but we prefer to
think that the Hawks performance did not allow
them to get going and when Dan Cooke scored the
only goal of the game to earn his side a 1-0 victory
they left their Bulgarian opponents with an uphill
task to qualify.
next game was a clash of the titans encounter
with two previous tournament winners coming head
to head as Rapid Bosco
Navas took on Lozenetz
City. All the pressure was on the Bulgarians
following their opening game defeat and they knew
that they really had to win to stay in the competition.
It was a hard fought game as we expected and we
reached half-time with the teams tied together
at 1-1 thanks to Xavi Llimona (Rapid Bosco Navas)
and Alexander Kyulev ( Lozenetz City ). The draw
would be a much better result for the Spanish
but with a game versus Hawks to come they knew
it may not be enough so both teams were hungry
for a winner. We did see a third and final goal
and it arrived from Hristo Kyosev to spark wild
celebrations and that trademark Bulgarian airhorn!
The 3 points put three teams tied together on
3 points and Tsunami FC cursing their luck to
be drawn in this group.