MIC Cup Game 4
vs EF Baix Ter
It came down to goal differential and FC Barcelona ended up scoring 6 on Begur, securing 1st place in our group. This meant we would now face 2nd place from group D, EF Baix Ter, a local Catalunya team.
We had them scouted well, and knew it would be a much different game then the one we faced vs Cherry Orchard last night. Spanish teams don’t believe in ‘anti-futbol’ and would never sit back. It would be an open game where we could once again display our tiki-taka possession and high defensive pressure identity.
It didn’t take long for the goals to start pouring in.
Neymar (Uly Llanez) took 4 players on, cutting in the box from left to right and finished side netting 4 minutes in for the 1-0 lead.
The ball was circulating well from right to left and left to right, waiting to find open space and deciding the proper time to attack. Efrain Alvarez kept pulling the strings and left Neymar 1 v 1 with the keeper for the next two goals in the 11th and 16th minutes – a lethal connection between the two flashy players.
Owen Zaldivar would score the 4th in the 23rd minute off a feed from Pooky (Cesar Rivera). This would be Owen’s first goal of the tournament after playing fantastic in the opening rounds on both sides of the ball.
Owen was not done as he capped another nice move from Pooky to put the ‘manita’ (5-0) on the scoreboard.
Lebron would come back on the last 10 minutes and finish up the scoring with 2 nicely taken goals that would take his tally to 7 in the tournament.
Final score: 7-0 over EF Baix Ter. Another convincing display of futbol that had the locals in L’estartit begging for more and jumping on our bandwagon with their support.
It was mini-professional time for the players. Time to hydrate, eat a healthy lunch, rest in their rooms for 2 hours, have a 30 minute walk-through training session, relax for an hour in their rooms, and mentally prepare for the quarterfinal showdown with a world power Academy … Ajax!