Sunday November 6 results:
Australia 1-2 Somalia
South Sudan 0-0 South Africa
Serbia 6-0 Romania
France 1-2 England
Nigeria 0-1 Turkey
Week two saw goals aplenty with Australia, Romania, Chile, Greece, Mauritius, Gibraltar, Seychelles, Nigeria, Albania and Italy continuing their Cup campaigns. Crowds once again turned up in their masses to celebrate the world game and embrace cultural diversity.
Game 1 Australia vs Romania
The first game of the day saw Australia take the points with a win over Romania. After disappointing first games for both teams, Australia were too polished for their European opponent winning 4 goals to 1. Australia’s Felipe Ulloa kick started the scoresheet with a blindsiding goal in the 8th minute and another in the 28th minute, taking his team into the break with a 2-0 lead. The Australian’s further cemented their lead early in the second with goals by Patrick Makris and Luc Misenga in the 42nd and 56th minute. Although not Romania’s day, they lessoned the blow with a late goal scored by Jonathan Ichim.
Final Score: Australia 4-1 Romania
BOG: Felipe Ulloa (3), Joshy Bowen (2), Mathew Kaligianis (1)
Game 2 Chile vs Greece
A relatively even contest saw a draw between Chile and Greece. The young Greek’s took the early momentum and proved to be on top of the Chilean’s throughout the first half. A 37th minute goal by Alki Crowopoulos took Greece into the break with a well-deserved 1-0 lead. An expected second half momentum shift allowed the Chilean’s to instantly reply with Dean Piemonte putting the ball in the net during the 46th minute. At 1-1 the game was a back and forth contest with both teams having opportunities to take the points. Tight structures and faultless defence across both teams resulted in the score of 1-1 maintained until the final whistle.
Final Score: Chile 1-1 Greece
BOG: Dean Piemonte (3), James Karvelis (2), Ali Sulemanovoski (1)
Game 3 Mauritius vs Gibraltar
Crowd favourites Mauritius took a 2-1 loss to opponents Gibraltar in game three of Saturday’s proceedings. Many early missed opportunities for the Mauritians allowed Gibraltar to capitalize with a 23rd minute goal scored by Ryan Lofty. International star, Christopher L’Enclume, was able to respond with a late goal in the 37th minute, taking both teams into the second half with at 1-1. Gibraltar’s composure and ability to capitalize on opportunities allowed them to take a 2-1 lead after Gianni Allebi scored in the 55th minute. The score of 2-1 remained as Gibraltar won in a hard-fought contest.
Final Score: Mauritius 1-2 Gibraltar
BOG: Mathew Kurzeja (3), Vincent Bontemps (2), Joshua Valadon (1)
Game 4 Seychelles vs Nigeria
Game four saw Nigeria defeat Seychelles 3-1 in a fast paced contest. The Nigerian’s proved themselves as speedsters of the Cup with three quick goals by Teeboy Kamara in the 6th minute and Faye Atao in the 10th and 23rd minute. Seychelles’ Liam James was able to respond in the 26th minute with a goal. The second half proved to be a much more even contest with no goals being scored. In the end, Nigeria’s early attack was too much for Seychelles, with the Africans taking the points.
Final Score: Seychelles 1-3 Nigeria
BOG: Yatch Mkyamboi (3), Lukman Anifaloyin (2), Sebastian Barrero (1)
Game 5 Albania vs Italy
The Albanians and Italians produced an entertaining ending to the day with goals aplenty. The hard fought contest went in the way of Albania with a 4-3 win over Italy. Similarly to the previous game, Albania’s fast start proved to be enough to get them over the line. Albanian’s Lindurim Tairi scored in the 11th minute and Feston Azizi in the 20th and 21st minute. The Italians put up a hard contest with Robert D’Angelo scoring in the 14th and 27th minute. Two more goals were scored in the second half, but Albania proved too good for the tenacious Italians.
Final Score: Albania 4-3 Italy
BOG: Diellon Memishi (3), Dominic D’Angelo (2), Feston Azizi (1)
Sunday’s games will be touched on in next week’s report.
Videos From Sunday
Solmalia v Serbia
Scotland v Turkey
Fixtures for Saturday November 19:
10:00 Macedonia vs Greece
11:30 Iraq vs Chile
13:00 Mauritius vs Italy
14:30 Scotland vs Nigeria
16:00 Gibraltar vs Albania
Fixtures for Sunday November 20:
10:00 England vs South Africa
11:30 France vs South Sudan
13:00 Serbia vs Australia
14:30 Romania vs Somalia
16:00 Seychelles vs Turkey
BY NICOLE ERASMUS