Unfortunate Draw... As a result, we made draw game unfortunately. FC Nippon must win in order to increase the rank of Como League. However, it was not easy for FC Nippon to control the game from the beginning. Wrong positioning and made a bad space among our players. And, the pass and first touch were also not worked well. Then, we gave some chance to score for Swiss. Finally, we let them break the deadlock in the 25th min of the first half. At last, our player waked up and start to make a chance to score. Although FC Nippon missed big chance, we scored tying goal in the 36th min. And then, FC Nippon came from behind as soon as the previous score in the 39th min. In the first half, the score was 2-1. We could score more than 3 scores but was not realized. In the second half, FC Nippon made many chances to score though, we couldn’t make any score. To make matters worse, we allow them a tying goal in the 36th mins of the second half. Overall, the game was not difficult to make a victory. Due to lack of scoring ability, we couldn’t make it. Will work out and fit more for Next game. Thank you.
The results in the second half of the Cosmo League were in general better than in the first round for the young Swiss team. We got a 7:0 drubbing from Nippon in the first round and were obviously not taking this lightly... The coach opted for a different formation, trying to crowd the midfield so as to make it difficult for Nippon to play the long balls to their forwards. That's how they killed us last time out. But not today. Swiss dominated the first 25 minutes and were unlucky to be leading only 1:0. On 4 minutes Hamza hit the woodwork (1 cm more to the right and it would have been goal of the season contender), then he tested the goalkeeper again with a fierce drive. But the breakthrough came deservedly on 25 minutes: Gabi weaved his way through midfield, found Paul, whose shot was blocked, but Sebastian finished up the rebound with confidence. This was obviously a wake-up call for Nippon who suddenly started to attack. And out of the blue, and pretty much against the run of play they scored twice to take the lead before the break. The young Swiss team (five of the starting 11 were 18 or younger) did not allow heads to drop and was keen to get the first point(s) on the board. The second half was even, both teams could have scored, but it was the Swiss who scored the only goal of the second half. Hamza muscled his way through the defenders, saw Seb on the left and Seb did what does so well: he scores! Bottom left hand corner! The last 10 minutes saw few chances and so the Swiss finally got rewarded with the first point of the season. Nippon used to be a "nice" team to play against, but these days are long gone. Their usual shirt-pulling was complemented by spitting. A new low. Only a couple of players were shaking hands. I can understand that you don't feel good when you draw against the bottom of the table team, but.... Man of the match for Swiss could have gone to a few players: Joe in goal was great, Gabi and Paul dictated play in midfield, Hamza worked tirelessly, but it has to go to Sebastian for scoring both goals. Last, but not least, a compliment to all players involved. After so many defeats it would be easy to give up. But they come back every weekend to improve. And today they got the first reward! Well done!