Atwood was the final team to get their campaign
started when they took on Club Esportiu Llefia.
After two 3-3 draws this game had a lot to live
up to but there was also a high reward to the
victor with 3 points on offer and an early lead
of Group B up for grabs.
had already seen Club Esportiu Llefia in action
and you often see the team who has already played
start faster than the team playing their opening
fixture – it was not the case here. FC Atwood
raced out of the blocks to forge ahead through
James Bowden and claim their first European goal.
the second half Club Esportiu Llefia restored
parity when Carlos Perez Tornay made it 1-1. This
game would end in controversy though as the winning
goal was much disputed and correctly so. In eurofootballfives.com
tournaments we play to 11-a-side rules (with some
exceptions) and that includes the pass-back rule
which means the goalkeeper can not pick-up a ball
played back to him by the feet of a team-mate.
This is what happened in the second half here
and whilst FC Atwood awaited the free-kick play
was allowed to go on and in the same move Carlos
Perez Tornay scored what proved to be the winner.
was to be some confusion in the exact turn of
events largely due to a language barrier, different
viewpoints and messages passed but we sent our
head translator to speak to the referee who was
bold enough to admit that he had made a genuine
error and he apologised for this. We add our own
apologies to FC Atwood although apologies do not
change the fact that the annals of history will
show this as a 2-1 defeat when they should have
had the opportunity to play out the final stages
from a position of 1-1.