Germans started well into the game with a series of decent passes right after kickoff, however lost the plot after 10 minutes, owed to Gaulois increasing grip on the game. After a silly loss of possession deep into our own half, Gaulois reacted quickly to put one in front, not undeserved at that stage of the game. Germans showed great character when trailing and were able to create a series of decent chances, through a few quick counter attacks as well as dead ball situations swung into Gaulois box from left and right. Eventually, one of those resulted in the equaliser when Jan put one away after a long cross towards the wide post. The game went into half time at 1:1 which reflected to run of play. Beginning of second half turned out to be the flip side of the first, with Gaulois dominating play but the Germans putting one away first, when their Goalie looked unfortunate being caught off guard by a long range lob of Stefan. Determined to get back into the game, Gauloisthrew everything they had at us, turning the game into a heated encounter, with the ref getting his fair share, too. After minute 70, the referee obtained a decisive role, when first at least doubtfully not giving a penalty to the Germans when Basti was brought down in the box, then, right after, rightfully pointing to the spot in the other box after a silly tackle from behind. The result was 2:2, but neither team seemed to be happy to let it go. The highlight of the day, at least from a German standpoint, saw Quirin's attempt to copy Messi's copy of Maradona's "goal of the century", receiving the ball at the edge of halfway line, carrying it past at least 2 defenders to finish into the far corner - 3:2! Gaulois furiously tried to get back into the game but were found to be running out of time. Eventually, the referee blew the final whistle with the Germans securing another crucial 3 points.
Even with a few players away we had a strong line up to take on the Germans. We build up confidence over the last 2 game with a strong display against both SCC then Vikings. 90min later we are back to square 1, with massive lack of confidence and team spirit. Game started with GAS enjoying the possession for the first 10min without really creating any danger. Slowly we started to take over and manage to pressure higher and create some good moves. Before the 20min mark we opened the scoreline by Francois after a good run from Ouss within the center of the defense. He played a one two with Matt and then got a bit lucky when the defender pushed the ball back on him for it to end up on Francois who clinically finished with the help of the opposite post. We had another brace of chances, first when Remi found Andy in the space. With lost balance he could only kick the ball over the bar with only the keeper left to beat. The second one was a good cross that Nordine could only head into the Germans goalkeeper's harms. Then Germans had a good 10min phase when they pressure us on set pieces. Every single contact, ref decided to blow the whistle (for both side), which resulted in a multitude of set pieces. After about 10 corners and as many free kicks and warnings, one of the crosses found a German header to finish it off. We had another clear chance with 5min to go when another cross found Andy alone on the 6 yard box in the second post, however he could only volley it over the bard again. 1-1 half time. Again we showed what we do best in the first half by producing some good moves, but also what we do worst by commenting every single action and by lacking teammate supports which later always impact our final performance. Second half saw a sterile ball possession from OG with the Germans been fast and clinical in counter attacks. Unfortunately for us the 2 goal from the Germans can from a 40m missed crossed that end up lobbing our Keeper who though the ball was over the bar. We then tried to pressure higher and increase the peace but without really be dangerous. Germans could have extended the lead on couple of occasion but Ilan kept us alive. With 20min to go Nordine got a clear penalty (though it was contested by the 14 germans players), that he made no mistake to convert. This game was meant to have a winner as both team did not settle for the draw. And finally the Germans went ahead with a solo effort from their striker who took the ball from the half way line to push the ball and out run the last defender before winning is 1vs1 against the keeper. The goal typically shows our lack of will to win. Most of the other team would have just grab the shirt of the strike when 40m away from the goal when we just look and run behind. We never recovered from this 3rd and went back home heads down with 0points and poor attitude on the pitch from the 13 players. Next week versus Gaelic will tell us a lot about what we can or cannot accomplish this season. Bottom of the league clash between 2 teams who finished top of the league last season and in urgent needs of win and points. MOM Germans: Their tall striker up front. Quality technique and good finish on the final goal. MOM Gaulois: - PS: Special message for the German who wrote the report. We are Gaulois, not Gauloises (Gaulois ladies).