FC Pressburg (Svk)

3

V

2

Tekkerslovakia (Eng)

The A Team (Fra)

6

V

0

SV Zoo (Ger)

Ziar Crew (Svk)

3

V

3*

GSF Drunkerz (Svk)

Fireball (Svk)

1

V

0

Saipan FC (Ire)

* GSF Drunkerz won 2-1 on penalties
 

The Cup Quarter-Finals saw the tournament's top 8 teams come head to head to see which team would emerge as 2015 Bratislava Fives champions. We had 4 Slovakian teams plus representatives from each of England, France, Germany and Ireland all still with a chance of grabbing glory so where's your money? Who do you think will emerge victorious?

 

The first Quarter-Final saw Slovakia versus England with Group A winners FC Pressburg taking on Group C's 3rd placed team, Tekkerslovakia. FC Pressburg would naturally be favourites having won their group but Tekkerslovakia were not to be underestimated. The English team, playing as Team Extreme in previous tournaments, had reached the Cup stages on 2 previous occasions. At the 2012 Valencia Fives they exited at this stage to France's Grant Thornton (who won the 2013 Mallorca Fives). At the 2014 Amsterdam Fives they tasted Quarter-Final success against ADP Netherlands (3-1) and almost reached the Cup Final that year.

 

At the 2014 Bratislava Fives, playing as Slovakia, FC Pressburg breezed into the Semi-Finals following a 4-0 victory over Czech side DHL Prague. They were looking to maintain a perfect Quarter-Final record and things started superbly for them. Martin Cano and Adam Kovac fired the local team into a 2-0 lead. Nabil Zawadi hit back to make it 2-1 and at half-time the game was delicately poised.

 

After the break Adam Kovac restored the two goal advantage for FC Pressburg but Tekkerslovakia were not going to roll over and have their belly tickled. Nabil Zawadi's 7th strike of the day brought them back to 3-2. It looked like they could be on level terms as Magid El Amin cut inside and fired just high/wide as he aimed for the postage stamp from distance. Unfortunately for Tekkerslovakia they were unable to find the equalizing goal and it was FC Pressburg who progressed.

 
 
 

Cup Quarter-Final 2 saw The A Team in action against SV Zoo as France met Germany. The A Team had qualified for this stage by winning Group B in fine fashion with a 100% winning record and they were showing the form that had taken them all the way to the Cup Final at the 2013 Krakow Trophy.

 

For SV Zoo, this was the first time they had qualified for the Cup competition in their 6 th appearance. With victory at the Plate competition at the Krakow Trophy in 2012 could they add a Cup win to their trophy cabinet?

 

It was a 1st placed team versus a 3rd placed team from the group phase so the A Team would be favourites but SV Zoo had never lost a eurofootballfives.com Quarter-Final (wins in Krakow 2012, Berlin 2013, Barcelona 2014) although they did go out after a draw at this stage in Berlin 2014. The German's record was to go in this fixture as The A Team exhibited some superb football.

 

Dydynho struck the opening blow before Abdel Bekhouche made it 2-0. It was then 4-0 by half-time as Dydynho and Abdel Bekhouche each found the net again. After the break it was the same deadly duo who both completed their hat-tricks. It was an amazing third hat-trick of the day for Dydynho.

 

It was all over on the day for SV Zoo but it would not be the end of their eurofootballfives.com festivities this year. We look forward to them joining us again as the schedule hits Berlin in June and Lisbon in September.

 
 
 

Ziar Crew came into the Quarter-Finals as the Group C winners when they met the 2nd placed team in Group B GSF Drunkerz. It was an all-Slovakian encounter guaranteeing that Slovakia would have at least 2 teams in the Semi-Final phase (after FC Pressburg's win above).

 

Both teams were winners here at the 2014 Bratislava Fives with GSF Drunkerz claiming the second tier Plate competition and Ziar Crew victorious in the third tier Trophy competition. They'd had a taste of glory with winners medals and a trophy and would no doubt be hungry for more. They were both now playing in a higher grade Cup competition how would they fare?

 

Pretty well is the answer and we were treated to an enthralling contest. It was Ziar Crew who were the form team on the day with 4 wins out of 4 so far and it was they who forged the early advantage here. Matej Rapcan's two goals outscoring a sole effort from Dominik Carny.

 

After the break it was GSF Drunkerz who wrestled the momentum from their opponents as Peter Tatar and Martin Volek outscored Rapcan to make it 3-3. It was a hat-trick for Rapcan that meant he had reached 10 goals at both the 2014 and 2015 Bratislava Fives a great achievement.

 

The final whistle blew and a penalty shoot-out was needed to decide this Quarter-Final. GSF Drunkerz were no strangers to penalties in our tournaments as they won the Plate Semi-Final (3-2) and the Plate Final (6-5) at the 2014 Bratislava Fives in this manner. Could they make it 3 out of 3?

 

Ziar Crew had no need for penatlies as they breezed to Trophy victory after 8-0, 7-3 and 5-1 wins and maybe this lack of experience held them at a disadvantage as they succumbed 2-1 on penalties as GSF Drunkerz proved themselves to be the penalty kings of Bratislava.

 

It was so tough for Ziar Crew to be out after 4 wins and 1 draw in regulation time but out they were. They had played superbly today.
 
 
 

Who would meet GSF Drunkerz in the second Semi-Final? Would it be Fireball or Saipan FC? Fireball could make it 3 Slovakian teams in the Semi-Finals were they to win. Their group record of 3 wins, 1 draw and no defeats with a goal difference of +8 suggested they were well capable of this.

 

Saipan FC's games were extremely tight going down 3-2 in the first game to Ziar Crew but were now unbeaten in 3 games with 2 draws and a victory to their name and a goal difference of +1 in the group phase. Saipan FC are a team more familiar with the Plate competition (2014 Valencia Fives Plate champions) but had made the step up to the Cup before at the 2012 Barcelona Fives. On that occasion they went all the way to the Cup Final and had a thumping 6-0 win over the Budapest Celtic Tigers at this stage.

 

This Quarter-Final was a much more evenly contested fixture and the two teams were proving well matched. Half time came and went and the teams were locked together at 0-0. It looked like Fireball would edge ahead when they won a penalty after a Captain's handball from Barry Lysaght. Goalkeeper Richie Magnier to the rescue though saving the spot-kick.

 

The game was to bear witness to a goal though and this time Richie Magnier could do nothing to prevent Vladimir Rezny's third goal of the tournament putting the Slovakians ahead. It proved to be the difference between the two teams and Fireball progressed.

 

It was the end of the road for Saipan FC and a big shame as if they could have won through here there was an opportunity for another Cup Final I guess they'll just have to win the Mallorca Tournament and Lisbon Tournament instead this year.

 
 
 
 
Group Phase
          
 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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