Results
 

KLM (NL)

0

V

3

Club Esportiu Llefia (Spa)

FC Miracle (Hun)

4

V

0

FC Dad (Eng)

Paralytic Athletic (Eng)

0

V

1

Ospina Coladas (Eng)

 
 

12 games down, 3 to go. Group A was still very tight and there was still a lot to be decided at the top Group winners and Cup qualification places. There was still a lot to be decided in the middle and at the foot of the table with Plate/Trophy qualification. Nothing was decided yet and there was still all to play for.

KLM versus Club Esportiu Llefia would kick-off Round 5. KLM had started off superbly with a 4-0 win and then a draw as they were top of the table at the end of Round 2. Two defeats had seen them slip down the table to fifth but they could still qualify for the Cup. They had to win this, hope FC Miracle would beat FC Dad and hope the last game finished in a draw.

Club Esportiu Llefia were looking for their third group win in five years but the first priority would be Cup qualification and they could do that with a win. A draw might be enough but would leave them vulnerable to being overhauled by the winner's of the final fixture in Group A. A defeat would mean the same.

We reached half-time at 0-0 and all options were still on the table. The teams had one half of football to stake their claim. It was Daniel Montes who opened the scoring for Club Esportiu Llefia before goals for Sergio Garcia and Sergio Rodriguez Viejo sealed a 3-0 win and Cup qualification for the Spanish.

 
 
 

The final game for FC Miracle was against FC Dad. The Hungarian team had enjoyed a fine morning so far with 2 wins and 2 draws but there was still work to be done. A win would see them not only qualify for the Cup but win Group A. A draw would see them progress to the Cup in second place. A defeat would see them on 8 points with the winner of Ospina Coladas v Paralytic Athletic potentially able to catch them and it then going down to goal difference.

For FC Dad, the highest they could finish was on 6 points which could mean third place and the Plate. A draw or defeat would see them go into the Trophy. They had their work cut out against an FC Miracle team who were unbeaten. History was also not on their side as these two teams met at the 2012 Valencia Fives with FC Miracle winning 5-1 on that occasion.

Different year, different Spanish city but a similar result befell FC Dad as they slipped to a 4-0 defeat with an own goal included for good measure. It was a great way for FC Miracle to sign off the group phase and congratulations on the Group A win.

 
 
 

With so much to decide at the start of Group A Round 5 the above two results had settled most matters. FC Miracle and Club Esportiu Llefia would qualify for the Cup. FC Dad and KLM would qualify for the Trophy. In the middle, Paralytic Athletic and Ospina Coladas were left grounded. Both teams would progress to the Plate whatever the result of this final game.

However, this did not mean this game was a dead rubber. There was still pride and honour to play for. Both teams would want to take some momentum into the knock-out phase and whoever finished higher in the table would have a theoretically easier Quarter-Final tie. The teams were level on 5 points so it was a winner takes all game for third position. Should we finish in a draw then it would be Ospina Coladas who would finish in third on goal difference.

Ospina Coladas would not need to rely on goal difference though as a 1-0 win courtesy of a first half strike from Christopher John would give them all 3 points.

 
 
Table
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

FC Miracle (Hun)

5

3

2

0

11

2

11

Club Esportiu Llefia (Spa)

5

3

1

1

7

4

10

Ospina Coladas (Eng)

5

2

2

1

6

4

8

Paralytic Athletic (Eng)

5

1

2

2

3

4

5

KLM (NL)

5

1

1

3

6

9

4

FC Dad (Eng)

5

1

0

4

2

12

3

 
 
 
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