Results
 

JNJ Russia (Rus)

0

v

0

JNJ Middle East (UAE)

Leeds One (Eng)

3

V

2

GBS Reds B (Cze)

Cilag Team 1 (Swi)

5

v

0

JNJ High Wycombe B (Eng)

 

We began Round 5 with JNJ Russia versus JNJ Middle East it was a game between a team who had just won 6-0 (JNJ Russia) and a team who had just lost 6-0 (JNJ Middle East). A simplistic preview would put this down as a Russia win.

However, results had been up and down throughout Group C between the teams placed 2nd to 5th in the team. Only Cilag Team 1 had been able to win with consistency. If JNJ Russia were to win this game they would qualify for the Cup in 2 nd place. A draw could achieve the same objective if other results went their way but a defeat would leave them sweating. JNJ Middle East had a very outside chance of making the Cup if they could win and then all eyes would be on JNJ High Wycombe versus Cilag Team 1 the team from Dubai would need a big Swiss win to go through on goal difference (not out of the question based on today's form for the Swiss).

These two teams were involved in a very tight game in Bratislava last year which JNJ Russia edged 2-1. Goals were conspicuous by their absence in this one today and we reached half-time with no score. At 0-0 the draw suited JNJ Russia more than it did JNJ Middle East as it would likely see them through to the Cup. Only a win was good enough for JNJ Middle East to jump out of the Plate and into the Cup (out of the frying pan and into the fire maybe).

The second half remained goal-less and when the referee blew for full-time we had our first 0-0 in Group C. As things turned out JNJ Russia had done enough to reach the Cup and JNJ Middle East would play their knock-out football in the Plate competition.

 
 
 

On Pitch B next was Leeds One versus GBS Reds B. Leeds One still had a shot at Cup qualification but it was an outside one they needed to beat GBS Reds B and for Cilag Team 1 to beat JNJ High Wycombe B. That didn't seem too unreasonable an ask but goal difference was the stumbling block. They were -10 and JNJ High Wycombe B were +3. The margin of defeat to JNJ Russia had been hugely damaging to their qualification hopes and if they'd lost that by 1 or 2 goals they would be in a much better position. Cilag Team 1 had been beating teams by 5 or 6 goals and so it would not be too much of a surprise to see JNJ High Wycombe B's goal difference reduced to something like -2. As things stood that would mean they would need to beat GBS Reds B by 8 goals a huge ask. If that task was to win by 3 or 4 that could be achievable with a great performance.

Looking at the game from a GBS Reds B perspective and they needed a point of any description to qualify for the Plate. A defeat would see them in the Wooden Spoon competition due to Cilag Team 3 having a better goal difference in Group B.

At half-time we were locked together at 1-1 with George Lazaro scoring his third of the tournament for Leeds One and Mariusz Gongola scoring his first for GBS Reds B. Any hopes of making the Cup for Leeds One were surely now gone unless we had something out of this world in the second half. They were in a big battle just to get the three points from this game let alone worry about anything else at this stage.

In the end Leeds One did get the win with James High and Thomas Budden scoring in the second half for the English team. Marko Titizov scored his second of the day for GBS Reds B but they were just short of a first point in Group C. Final score, 3-2.

 
 
 

That left us with Cilag Team 1 versus JNJ High Wycombe B. What was at stake as we reached the conclusion of Group C?

Cilag Team 1 had already won Group C and were looking to keep up momentum and their 100% winning record to take into the knock-out phase. JNJ High Wycombe A could make the Cup also with a win as they would finish on 10 points and qualify as the second best third place team ahead of JNJ Turkey in Group A (which had now finished on Pitch D). JNJ Turkey had 9 points so a draw would not be enough for them.

If JNJ High Wycombe A could pull off a victory they would fully deserve their place in the Cup and at the top table of the JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament. With the game underway they had put in a superb effort during the first half. They were the first team to go into the interval still level with their opponents. At 0-0, if they could nick a goal whilst keeping it tight at the back you just never knew.

Maybe it was a case of Cilag Team 1 stepping it up after the break or maybe it was JNJ High Wycombe B just working so hard to keep parity that fatigue set-in we will never know. From the moment Cilag Team 1 broke the deadlock they never looked back. Of course there is the psychological impact that at 0-0 you are still in the game and maybe when they went 1-0 down JNJ High Wycombe B maybe thought they couldn't get back into it. We don't know it's all just supposition.

Damir Ajvazi opened the scoring before Dalibor Bukovac made it 2-0 both players scoring for the third consecutive game. Samidin Ljatifi made it 3-0 with a screamer from distance before Sopi Walmir bagged his sixth and seventh goals of the competition. They won Group C in style and were surely the team to beat.

We'd like to make special mention to JNJ High Wycombe B who having recorded 0 points in their group in 2013 and 2014 had enjoyed a superb morning and would probably have to go down as the most improved team of the tournament having picked up 7 points this morning (in a tough group too).

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Cilag Team 1 (Swi)

5

5

0

0

23

1

15

JNJ Russia (Rus)

5

2

2

1

12

3

8

JNJ High Wycombe B (Eng)

5

2

1

2

6

8

7

Leeds One (Eng)

5

2

1

2

6

15

7

JNJ Middle East (UAE)

5

1

2

2

2

8

5

GBS Reds B (Cze)

5

0

0

5

3

17

0

 
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