Samurai Japan (Jap)

5

V

0

Bridge House B (Eng)

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

0

V

7

Galacticos (Eng)

FC Radbroke (Eng)

6

V

1

Plantaciones Inside (Spa)

Futbol City (Spa)

4

V

3

Bridge House A (Eng)

 

The Cup Quarter-Finals saw the top 8 teams of the 20 team draw come head to head to see which team would emerge as 2010 Valencia Fives champions. We had 3 nations still with a chance of grabbing glory so would it be Japan , England or Spain celebrating at 5pm this evening? Only time would tell.

The first Quarter-Final saw Samurai Japan take on Bridge House B. The Japanese team, on their eurofootballfives.com debut, were one of the most impressive teams in the morning group stage. Their performances had attracted many plaudits and admirers so far. Their opponents had finished second in Group B just 3 points behind FC Radbroke with a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat they had a tough ask in this match.

Samurai Japan continued their morning form and equaled their best performance of the day with a 5-0 victory. The Japanese team hit two second half goals to add to three in the first half. As they had done so all day, Samurai Japan shared all the goals around with Naohiro Watanabe scoring twice and a goal each for Kenya Matsumoto, Gaku Sato and Takumi Kushiyama.

Bridge House B were out but they were unlucky to get such a tough Quarter-Final draw and they had done well with no substitutes to rely on and give the starting five a breather.

 
 
 

Cup Quarter-Final 2 saw Dickie Dogs take on Galacticos. Dickie Dogs had reached this stage unbeaten with 10 points out of a possible 12. Galacticos had won their first three games but lost their last encounter so we would have to see how they would react to this defeat. It was new ground for Dickie Dogs who were making their debut but Galacticos had been here before when they beat Rapid Bosco Navas (at the time defending champions) 1-0 at the 2009 Barca Fives.

The game looked a close one to call but Galacticos dispelled that with a sensational display. They blew their opponents away in the first half scoring four without reply. In the second half Galacticos were in no mood to let their opponents off the hook as they went for the jugular scoring three more. The final score of 7-0 was emphatic with Marcus Foley grabbing the hat-trick, Zuber Bulbulia (2) and Yaseen Patel (2). It was tough on Dickie Dogs who should not let this defeat detract from an otherwise great performance on the day.

 
 
 

On Pitch C the third quarter-final was between FC Radbroke and Plantaciones Inside. FC Radbroke had swept to victory in Group B with 3 wins and a draw which was exactly the same record as Plantaciones Inside in Group A who finished second behind Samurai Japan on goal difference.

With such even records it was perhaps a surprise to see such a one-sided result. The result went in favour of FC Radbroke who inflicted Plantaciones Inside's first defeat of the tournament and it was a heavy one. Matt Nicholls, Pete Cox (2) and Mike Brandon's second hat-trick of the day secured the win. Jonathon Hidalgo Mora had the only bright moment of the game for Plantaciones Inside with a consolation but it was FC Radbroke who went through, 6-1.

 
 
 

Three down, 1 to go Futbol City versus Bridge House A. Futbol City were the only team thus far with a 100% record so far and with a record like that you had to make them favourites for the 2010 Valencia Fives title. The team that stood in their way at the Quarter-Final stage was Bridge House A who only booked their place in the Cup courtesy of a 3-2 win in their final group game.

Bridge House A were upsetting the form book though as they took a 2-0 lead against the Spanish team. Futbol City unsurprisingly hit back but Bridge House A were not rolling over and went 3-2 up. Futbol City were beginning to stare defeat in the face and an unexpected exit until Tomas Ormeno Lopez equalized to make it 3-3.

With the game very much in the balance we were to see a 7 th and decisive goal in this match. The goal went to the Spanish and it was a goal sent from heaven as the scorer was Jesus. The divine intervention sent Futbol City through but boy did they have to work for it. Our commiserations go to Bridge House A who came so close. Both their sides went out at this stage and we look forward to seeing them at the 2011 Budapest Fives next season.
 
 
 
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