Fritzl Palace (Eng)

0

V

5

The Spider Mans & Eagle (Eng)

Argentina (Arg)

1

V

4

Meglepetes (Hun)

CIS Committee (Blr)

1

V

0

Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)

Csabagyongye (Hun)

1

V

0

Le Saux Solid Crew (Eng)

 

The Cup Quarter-Finals saw the tournament's top 8 teams of the 15 team draw come head to head to see which team would emerge as 2015 Budapest Fives champions. We had 3 Hungarian, 3 English, 1 Argentine and 1 Belarus team still with a chance of grabbing glory so where's your money? Who do you think will emerge victorious?

 

England would be guaranteed one Semi-Final berth as the first Quarter-Final saw an all-English encounter with Group A winners Fritzl Palace taking on the best 3rd placed team, The Spider Mans & Eagle FC. Fritzl Palace would naturally be favourites having won their group but we expected a close contest based on these two teams previous appearance at the 2014 Bratislava Fives. Both teams were on debut then and both went on to the Cup Quarter-Finals and exited at that stage. Fritzl Palace went out 4-0 to CIS Committee and The Spider Mans & Eagle lost to the same team 3-0 in the group phase.

 

Fritzl Palace were unbeaten so far today and so would The Spider Mans & Eagle have been had it not been for a sensational result at the end of Group C. They had suffered a surprise 5-0 defeat to Meglepetes. It would be interesting to see if The Spider Mans & Eagle could put this result behind them. They'd had the lunch break to regroup and it looked like they'd taken advantage of that.

 

There were two goals each in the first half and The Spider Mans & Eagle claimed both of them. From there on in it was one way traffic and the men with the Batman logo on their chests flourished and turned the screw to make the final score, 5-0. There were two goals each for Sam A'Court and Justin Shelley. Nick Whateley also bagged a goal as The Spider Mans & Eagle marched on to the Semi-Finals in emphatic style.

 

Fritzl Palace were out as for the second tournament in a row their knock-out phase performances had dropped below their superb level of form in the group phase. Hopefully for them it will be third-time lucky in the knock-out phase next time out.

 
 
 

Cup Quarter-Final 2 saw Argentina in action against Meglepetes. Argentina were no strangers to this stage of the tournament as they went all the way to the Cup Final 12 months ago. In their 2014 Quarter-Final they put on a stunning performance to see off 2-time eurofootballfives.com winners Skidmarks by 2 goals to nil.

 

Meglepetes were in unchartered territory as they had qualified for the Cup competition for the first time. In their two previous Quarter-Finals (both at Plate level) they had enjoyed success on both occasions with a 5-2 win over LITS in 2014 and a 2-1 win over Budapest Celtic Tigers in 2013. They came into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over The Spider Mans and Eagle so confidence should have been high.

 

A close first half saw us bear witness to 3 successful strikes on goal and there was one goal separating the teams at half-time. Bence Szalontai and Richard Balogh put Meglepetes 2-1 to the good versus Claudio's strike for Argentina. The next goal always promised to be crucial. If Argentina could claim it then we really would have a game on our hands. If Meglepetes could claim it they would have a two goal cushion and one foot in the next round.

 

When the goal came it was Bence Szalontai who struck his second of the game and his fifth goal of the tournament. At 3-1 it was going to be tough for Argentina to recover, at 4-1 it was all but impossible. Kristof Lennarts fourth goal of the day ensuring Meglepetes would make it 3 wins out of 3 in eurofootballfives.com Quarter-Finals.

 

For Argentina there was to be no second Cup Final but we thank them for their contribution on the day and bringing some South American flavor to today's proceedings.

 
 
 

CIS Committee came into the Quarter-Finals with the best record of all the teams in the group phase. They were the only team to secure the maximum possible 4 successive wins and they had done it in style scoring 17 goals and were yet to concede a goal. Facing this 100% record were Budapest Celtic Lions who were themselves unbeaten but 3 draws had thwarted their progress in the morning group phase. Their defence had also been good with just 3 conceded and they had kept two clean sheets in their two previous games.

 

The big question was going to be how could Budapest Celtic Lions penetrate the CIS defence? The Lions had scored just 4 goals in 4 group games and against a formidable defence they would do really well to score in this one. If they could, and also keep it tight at the back then they could well pull off a surprise.

 

The two teams had met in the Cup Semi-Finals last year and on that occasion CIS Committee had won 4-0. This game was proving to be a tighter affair and it was defences, as expected, that were on top. We reached half-time level at 0-0.

 

Many were musing on the sidelines that if Budapest Celtic Lions could finish 0-0 (for the third game in a row) then a penalty shoot-out could well offer them their best chance of victory. They were not to get that opportunity though as Sergey Polyakov proved to be the difference between the two teams and his goal won it for the men from Belarus, 1-0.

 

CIS Committee knew they had been in a battle and great credit has to go to Budapest Celtic Lions for making a real game of it. For all their effort though they had to exit the competition for another year.

 
 
 

In the final Quarter-Final it was Csabagyongye versus Le Saux Solid Crew who would do battle to earn the right to meet Meglepetes in the second Semi-Final.

 

Csabagyongye came into the game on the back of their fifth group win in seven knock-out tournaments to date. It was their fifth appearance in the Cup and on the 4 previous occasions they had won 2 and lost 2 both those wins here in Budapest, both the losses away from home (in Valencia and Barcelona).

 

Le Saux Solid Crew had made a good start to life in eurofootballfives.com competition having lost just the one game in four so far against the formidable might of CIS Committee. We certainly felt on the evidence of this morning they would provide good opposition for Csabagyongye and this would be a tough match to call.

 

As with CIS Committee against Budapest Celtic Lions in the above Quarter-Final we witnessed a very closely contested match with both defences on top. Csabagyongye had conceded just two goals so far today and kept 3 clean sheets out of 4. Le Saux Solid Crew had 2 clean sheets out of 4 games and although they had conceded 6 so far 5 of those were against the Belarussians. It was maybe no surprise we reached half-time all square at 0-0.

 

As with Quarter-Final 3, there would be one second half goal to decide the tie and that goal in this match went to Gergo Koczka of Csabagyongye. It was enough to make it 3 Cup Quarter-Final wins in as many games for the home team and meant that Le Saux Solid Crew would advance no further today. They had certainly shown they had enough in them to compete on the European stage. We hope they join us again to test their ability in Europe for a second time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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