who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to
do battle were JNJ Russia A against JNJ Russia
B. It was a Russian derby in Budapest and these
are always tricky affairs playing against your
good friends and colleagues.
first half was a fairly sedate affair and played
much like a game of chess. JNJ Russia A were
doing much of the pressing, controlling possession
of the football but much of the good work was
around the half-way line and not in an area
where JNJ Russia B were unduly threatened. There
was little in the way of chances and it was
maybe no surprise that we reached half-time
level at 0-0.
the second half the pattern continued. The game
desperately needed a goal and it arrived through
Artem Khodas who celebrated with a Usain Bolt
pose. It was 1-0 to JNJ Russia A and shortly
after JNJ Russia A took a stranglehold on the
game at 2-0 through Valery Shumov. The game
looked over for JNJ Russia B. The Russians in
White had to change their gameplan. Instead
of soaking up pressure from the Russians in
Red they would have to come out and attack.
This created space for JNJ Russia A on the counter-attack
and Artem Khodas took full advantage to make
it 3-0 and seal their place in the Cup Final.
With his closest challengers already knocked
out, Khodas was the tournament Top Goalscorer
elect already with 11 goals to his name.
Russia B were out at the Semi-Final stage for
the second successive year but their JNJ Russia
A team-mates had a Cup Final to prepare for.