Pici Gol (Hun)

2

V

1

Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

2

V

1

Bridge House Badgers (Eng)

Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)

1

V

0

Centrale Paris A (Fra)

Csabagyongye (Hun)

3

V

1

Centrale Paris B (Fra)

 

The Cup Quarter-Finals saw the elite 8 teams of the 20 team draw come head to head to see which team would emerge as 2011 Budapest Fives champions. We had 3 nations still with a chance of grabbing glory so would it be Hungary, England or France celebrating at 5pm this evening? The Hungarians had four teams reach the Quarter-Finals and their challenge was strong.

The first Quarter-Final was an all-Hungary encounter as Pici Gol came up against Budapest Celtic Lions which promised to be an intriguing contest. Pici Gol had finished the Group stage with a 100% record whereas Budapest Celtic Lions were one of the strongest runners-up with their only defeat against 3-times eurofootballfives.com winners Olympic Phil Babb. We were expecting a close match and that is exactly what we got.

The Group B Runners-Up struck first through Cillian O'Donoghue's fifth goal of the day. The pressure was really on Pici Gol now to maintain their 100% record or at the very least secure a draw to avoid exiting the tournament.

It proved a game of two halves as two second half goals from Tamas Horvath and then Tamas Pekk saw Pici Gol come from behind to seal victory and a place in the Cup Semi-Finals. It was a case of so close but no cigar for the Lions but Budapest Celtic still had interest in the tournament with their Tigers squad.

 
 
 

Cup Quarter-Final 2 saw the Budapest Celtic Tigers squad in action as they met Bridge House Badgers. Budapest Celtic Tigers boasted the strongest record of all teams in the group phase so could easily argue themselves to be favourites in this match. They also secured a 3-0 win against MacBengals the sister squad of Bridge House Badgers.

So, could the Badgers fare better against the Tigers than their colleagues? If in real life you set (pardon the pun) a badger against a tiger it would be a one-sided bloodbath (and an arrestable offence) but in footballing terms this contest was much closer.

At half-time the two teams were level at 1-1 with Stefan Grubek scoring for Budapest Celtic Tigers and Arfon Salisbury scoring for the Bridge House Badgers. The third and final goal of this game confirmed that it would be Budapest Celtic Tigers going through to the Cup Semi-Finals thanks to Grubek's second of the game. Final score, 2-1.

For Bridge House Badgers it was another Cup Quarter-Final exit having gone out at the same stage in the 2010 Valencia Fives. They certainly have the ability to progress beyond this stage and we expect to see them go further in future tournaments.

 
 
 

On Pitch C we had the mouthwatering Quarter-Final of Olympic Phil Babb and Centrale Paris A to look forward to. Most teams were aware of Olympic Phil Babb's pedigree in eurofootballfives.com competition and throughout the tournament people were looking for their results to see if they would make it tournament win number four.

Centrale Paris A of France were the next taxi off the rank to claim the prize scalp of knocking Olympic Phil Babb out. The English team's reputation went before them and they had to be wary of teams raising their game against them. Centrale Paris A had 9 points from a possible 12 in the group and would be no pushover.

For long periods of this game the teams were level at 0-0 and it always looked like this game would be settled by the odd goal or even go to penalties. Penalties would not be required though as Alex Woolston's second half strike ensured Olympic Phil Babb would go through to their fourth successive Cup Semi-Final.

It was particularly tough on Centrale Paris A who had played a great tournament and on another day could well have gone much further. Sadly for them, not today though.

 
 
 

Who would meet Olympic Phil Babb in the second Semi-Final? Csabagyongye and Centrale Paris B would come together in this Hungary v France contest to decide who would have that honour. So far in the Cup Quarter-Finals the group winners had all defeated the runners-up. If this was to be the case again it would be Csabagyongye who would make the final four but Centrale Paris B would battle hard to avoid this.

Csabagyongye continued their form from the group phase though and kept the Quarter-Finals pattern going when Gergo Koczka scored his fifth of the day to afford his team the luxury of a 1-0 half-time lead.

There was no coming back for Centrale Paris B as David Kemeny and Peter Karpati extended the Hungarian team's lead. Jerome Delplace did get on the scoresheet for the French team with his fourth of the day but it proved to be a consolation. Centrale Paris B joined Centrale Paris A in going out at the Quarter-Final stage but Csabagyongye were now just two games away from the ultimate prize.

 
 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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