second Semi-Final saw Ze'Argon take on Mannenliefde
as 4 th place from Group A would take on 5th
Place from Group B.
Mannenliefde finished lower in their group they
had a higher points tally in the group phase
compared with their opponents. Mannenliefde
also had a positive goal difference (+2) compared
to Ze'Argon's (-5). We were tipping the Dutch
to progress from this tie.
tip looked reasonable in the first half as Mannenliefde
took a 1-0 lead into the break. Ze'Argon had
the opportunity of making it an all-France semi-final
if they could make it through and their hopes
were raised when they drew level at 1-1 thanks
to Philippe Wolff. There was to be no further
score and we would need our first penalty shoot-out
of the day to decide this one.
Desmottes would take the first penalty for Ze'Argon.
His penalty was well struck but straight at
Rick Dreschler in goal for the Dutch. It was
advantage Mannenliefde. Rene Flooren was up
first for Mannenliefde and he rammed home that
advantage for 1-0. Ze'Argon levelled things
up at 1-1 before Jeffrey Speek put Mannenliefde
Dreschler was then the hero as he saved Arthur
Niel's penalty (in a very similar manner to
the first) and the Dutch team were through to
the next round.