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The last week saw top-of-the-table clash, big upsets and some more clarity of who are teams to beat in 1FF Season 2.
All the pressure was on South London United’s head coach Alex Davis coming in to round 5, as the team headed down under to meet Bondi FC. In Season One Bondi FC built their game on defence, they conceded less goals than any other team, but also scored less. This season has been a different story, to quote Lisa Arnoldy, Bondi FC’s head coach “"It took us until Round 7 to have conceded 2 goals last season, we're already there in Round 2, but it took us until Round 6 to have scored 4".
South London played the bulk of the game against 10 men after Ellis Thomas’s second yellow card just 29 minutes into the match and they played with a freedom that has been lacking this season. They won 4-0 with much credit going to Chris Bird who scored twice and was given a rating of 90.
Club Sportivo Palermo kept up winning ways with a 1-0 win over Tokyo Youth Club thanks to an Izan Sabaté goal. Palermo played the last half hour with ten men following a second yellow card for one of their young stars; Leonardo Riveros.
FC Angelenos and Inter Nusantara came into the game second and fourth and shared the points in a cracking 2-2 draw that included a brace for Nusantara’s Juozas Butkus and a uncharacteristically penalty miss for Bas Holsink.
Manhattan FC won in Naija and Riyadh Stars secured a hugely impressive 1-0 win over defending champions Paris St Denis. The French team offered up very little and The Stars’ approach shut them down in every way. The top 5 rated players in this match were all Riyadh players. Cerquiera’s strike in the 31st minute was the difference. The Brazilian is now the second-highest ranked player in 1FF this season.
Brasil Amazonia, Paris St Denis, Manhattan FC and FC Angelenos were all winners in Round 6. All will be confident of being a part of the finals series come the end of the season. Each winning team had forwards scoring twice as the round saw an incredible 27 goals in 6 matches.
Jose Alcantar scored twice as Manhattan made it four wins in a row. Jung Sang-Min and Florian Grava also got two each in St Denis’ 4-2 win over Bengaluru Phoenix. Andrea Olivieri scored 2 in Amazonia’s win over Tokyo and Mateo Morales scored 2 in LA’s 3-2 win over Bondi.
The big game was in Indonesia as top of the table CS Palermo made their way to second-placed Inter Nusantara and were humbled 4-1. only a 97th minute consolation goal for Pepe Muniz put any positive spin on the drubbing. Butkus got two more following two goals in Round 5, and Segara Biru and Bas Holsink got the others. All three Nusantara players sit in the top 5 of the golden boot race, behind only Albin Dahlin of FC Angelenos and Florian Grava of Paris St Denis.
A Manhattan double, English left sided forward Isaac Carter who was given a 93 rating and Uruguayan Midfielder Mathias Ramires.
A 95 for Andrea Olivieri and Ichira Oba is in the team of the week with an 88. Incredible for the rookie.
Bas Holsink enjoyed the win over Palermo and reclaimed some status.
An interesting week for Jose Alcantar. Firstly rumours of a row with Head Coach Lewis Campbell.
Campbell goes on the record to say that he’s suffered a knock in training and is a doubt.
Then Campbell tackles it a little more head-on.
And then in Round 6, Jose finds his groove and scores an impressive double, is given a 90 rating and gets into Team of the Week.
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The best possible team in Round 5 - what a performance from Isaac Carter of Manhattan FC.