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Spain vs. Italy Preview – Donadoni Prepares for La Furia Roja

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Spain FA (Real Federación Española de Fútbol)Italy FA (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio)

Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Amelia (Livorno)
Defenders: Barzagli (Palermo), F.Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Grosso (Lyon), Materazzi (Inter), Panucci (Roma), Oddo (Milan), Zambrotta (Barcelona)
Midfielders: Ambrosini (Milan), Aquilani (Roma), Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Gattuso (Milan), Perrotta (Roma), Pirlo (Milan)
Forwards: Borriello (Genoa), Di Natale (Udinese), Iaquinta (Juventus), Quagliarella (Udinese), Toni (Bayern Munich)

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Amidst all the post-Inter-Juventus excitement, I almost forgot there was an impending Azzurri fixture scheduled for this week. For the much awaited test-match vs. the Spanish armada, Italian coach Roberto Donadoni dished out the list of his 21 call-ups earlier this week-end. The fortunate elects include Marco Borriello (thus confirming the Genoa striker in the probable vice-Toni role) but (unsurprisingly) not Alessandro Del Piero. If you ask me (and I’m saying this with great sadness), the Juve captain will have to watch Euro 2008 from his living room telly.

Perusing the rest of the list, we spot the notable “come-backs” of Juventus players Gianlugi Buffon and Mauro Camoranesi (who skipped the friendly vs. Portugal due to injury) and AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso (also previously out injured). No major new faces this time, tending to suggest that in essence, this will be the main core of players travelling to SwissAustria this summer. In addition to Del Piero, other notable absentees include Cassano (suspended 5 Serie A matches after his freaking-out incident) and Gilardino (out of form), but the latter may still make an appearance later in the final list. Note that in addition to Spain, the Azzurri’s only remaining international fixture will a friendly match vs. Belgium.

Roberto Donadoni, age 44

Roberto Donadoni commented his call-ups in his latest Italian Press Conference, of which Gazzetta in English has published the main contents. I’m republishing their article here, with a few edits.

Italy FA (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio)MILAN, 24 March 2008Alessandro Del Piero‘s grin still flutters over the San Siro. His stellar work against Inter clashes a bit with yet another thumbs down from Roberto Donadoni. Alessandro and his magically tireless legs amazed everyone. Marco Materazzi was in tatters during that game, both physically and technically. Yet Donadoni didn’t even call Del Piero, but he did call Matrix. And the Nerazzuri player was there, training with his teammates at the Giuseppe Meazza grounds, before Wednesday’s friendly against Spain in Elche. Ranieri thinks Del Piero has earned a spot in the European championships, but the Azzurri team manager isn’t listening. It’s anyone’s guess whether his plans include a spot for the Bianconero at the last minute, sight unseen.

The absence of Giorgio Chiellini (spirited and in good shape) is also difficult to understand. Pointlessly complicated questions to ponder when the manager already knows what he’s going to do: his recent list of call-ups are pretty much the names going to Euro 2008 this Summer. 

Let’s say we’re getting closer and closer“, declared Roberto Donadoni yesterday, ”But no one should rest easy that they’re going to keep their jerseyThere are others who should feel like they’ve still got a shot. Just like the guys who are here“. So basically the manager doesn’t want to tip off anyone.

Giorgio Chiellini, age 23CHIELLINI – Take Chiellini for example. “Giorgio is currently one of our fittest players“, the manager said. “He’s one of the people I’m still considering, like some others. He’s doing well, even though he was a bit at fault during Maniche’s goal against Inter“. Donadoni then added, “I can’t take 26 or 27 of them. This roster already has three center-backs – Cannavaro, Materazzi, and Barzagli, not to mention Panucci“.

Marco Materazzi, age 34MATRIX AND DEL PIERO – So, even Materazzi, despite his not-so-brilliant recent performances, is a cornerstone of the Italian side? Donadoni answers reasonably: “It seemed right to take another look at him, see him with the squad again“. With Spain on the horizon, while discussing Del Piero Donadoni rejects any suggested similarities with Raúl (who didn’t get the call to his national side either). Alessandro Del Piero, age 33Instead, the Italian coach says that Alessandro is “smart to think he’ll get a spot” and emphasizes that nothing is taken for granted on the national side. However by now hypotheticals are nearing reality, and Donadoni makes that clear: “Belgium comes before the European championship. History isn’t full of headline-worthy last-minute additions. There could be one or two players who’ve never been part of the group however, that remains a possibility“. (Marco’s note: Yeah right.)

Antonio Cassano, age 25ANTONIO CASSANO – A journalist asks about the ex-Roma player, back to stunning form with the Blucerchiati recently but also suspended for 5 matches for his Sampdoria-Torino hysterionics.  ”The five days out don’t affect me – Cassano knows what I think and what I’m taking into account. But he also knows what he’s done: the suspension has penalized him in every possible way. I’ll make my decision later. For now though, I’m not considering the issue“. (Marco’s note: another player who, in addition to Del Piero, can wave his Azzurri chances bye bye if you ask me).

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Anti-Spain Line-Up

A moment from Monday’s practice session in San Siro. From left to right: Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni, Gigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, and Daniele De Rossi.

Monday’s last pre-match practice at the San Siro (the squad is scheduled to leave for Spain at 11am Tuesday morning) gave little indication as to which players will step onto the Elche field Wednesday night. If anything though, the current Serie A form of the players involved can be used as a useful barometer. The last practice match notably (ending 1-1 with goals by Toni and Di Natale) further confirmed the excellent moment of form of Daniele De Rossi: the Roma midfielder could be the “added value” of the current Azzurri squad, especially due to the shaky conditions of Gennaro Gattuso.

A 4-1-4-1 is a valid hypothesis Gazzetta suggests, with Buffon in net and a Panucci Cannavaro MaterazziZambrotta backline. Speaking of Zambrotta, the ex-Juve wing-back seemed a little bit tired in his latest Barça performances, but should nonetheless get the start. For the midfielders the logical choice seems to be De Rossi, right behind the 4-man line of CamoranesiPerrotta (or Ambrosini/Gattuso) - PirloDi Natale, with Toni as the lone striker.

Other tactical alternatives include the more defensive 4-2-3-1 (with the Ambrosini/De Rossi interdictor duo) or the ‘decadently offensive’ 4-3-3. In terms of spectacle that wouldn’t be such a bad choice, but risks exposing the Azzurri defense to the lively Spanish attackers.
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Spain FA (Real Federación Española de Fútbol)La Furia Roja

I mentioned the Azzurri squad, seems only fair to talk a little bit about our adversaries Spain. The feud between manager Luis Aragonés and Real Madrid forward Raúl seems to continue, as the Merengues captain has been left off the call-up list once again. When asked to comment about it, Aragonés replied quite annoyed: “I don’t want to talk about Raúl, and I’d really wish the press to stop speculating on the argument“. You can’t get more clearer than that: Raúl, living room, telly, Euro 2008. In that order.

In addition to the presence now well-known stars Cesc Fàbregas and Fernando Torres, the only new presence in La Furia Roja this time was Getafe’s Ruben De La Red, a hot prospect originating from Real Madrid’s youth team. Here’s the full list of 22:
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Goalkeepers: Casillas (Real Madrid), Reina (Liverpool)
Defenders: S.Ramos (Real Madrid), Capdevila (Villarreal), R.Albiol (Valencia), Puyol (Barcelona), Marchena (Valencia), F.Navarro (Mallorca), Arbeloa (Liverpool), Juanito (Betis)
Midfielders: Fabregas (Arsenal), Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), D.Silva (Valencia), Riera (Espanyol), X.Alonso (Liverpool), de la Red (Getafe), Senna (Villarreal)
Forwards: D.Villa (Valencia), Guiza (Mallorca), Luis Garcia (Espanyol), F.Torres (Liverpool).

Javier Saviola to join Navarro, Sosa, and Lavezzi at Napoli?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Javier Saviola, age 26

At the cost of stating the obvious, there seems to be a very strong Argentine connection at Napoli lately. Obviously everyone remembers the late 1980′s, Diego Armando Maradonaa time during which the most famous Argentine player in history lead the Partenopei to glory, and the only two Scudetto championships of Napoli history. Since the time of Diego Maradona though, there really haven’t been any major Albiceleste players signed with the Neapolitan club (also due to their recent relegation bad luck), with the notable exception of Roberto Ayala from 1995 to 1998.

Ezequiel Lavezzi, age 22This season however, with the return of the club in Serie A and the purchases of Ezequiel Lavezzi from San Lorenzo and Nicolás Navarro from Argentinos Juniors (on top of Roberto Sosa, age 33Roberto “El Pampa” Sosa, at the club since 2004) have re-invigorated Argentine pride in Southern Italy. Nicolás Navarro, age 22Lavezzi in particular (nicknamed “El Pocho”) has been doing wonders for Napoli since his arrival, and earned comparisons with El Pibe de Oro many times over thanks to his mad skills, speed, agility, and vital goalscoring qualities.

Well, after Navarro, Sosa, and Lavezzi, there could be yet another Argentine arriving at Edy Reja’s court. His name? Javier Pedro Saviola, yet another from that endless list of players who’s been compared to Maradona, at some point or another in his career. Indeed according to the Spanish press, the Real Madrid striker was offered to Napoli directly through his agent Jorge Cysterpiller.

Javier Saviola to join Navarro, Sosa, and Lavezzi at Napoli?

Saviola, who’s been virtually finding zero space in Bern Schuster’s plans this season, will likely see his playing chances decrease even further next season with the rumored arrivals of Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow) and Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux) at Madrid. As a result, the transfer to Napoli would come as a welcome move both for the Argentine player and the Italian club, especially with on-loan Marcelo Zalayeta set to return to Juventus at the end of the season.

real_madrid_napoli.jpgReal Madrid are reportedly prepared to part with Saviola for a bargain price of €5m. For a 26-year old who was litterally on fire at the beginning of the 2006-07 with the Blaugrana, I’d say that’s a very good price.

To be noted that while at Barcelona, the former River Plate striker had already been linked with a move to Italy, but finally opted to transfer to Real Madrid. According to Wikipedia, Saviola has only played 6 matches for Los Merengues this season, scoring 2 goals.

Serie A Matchday 30 – Week-end Review + GOALS of the Week (2007-08)

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

Here are the results and summaries for matchday 30. Full Video Highlights here.

Italy.TheOffside.com week 30 review

Italy.TheOffside.com

Italian Calcio Blog week 30 review

Italian Calcio Blog

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GOALS of the WEEK

Last week, we had an absolute slumber party there were so many good goals to show you. This week, not quite as many but still enough to give you a top 6. In addition, Fabio Quagliarella’s winner’s a real beaut.

The Top 6:

This week, the goal-of-the-week award goes to Fabio Quagliarella. Fab Quagl is back ladies and gentleman. Mister ‘Supergol’ has been keeping a bit under the radar lately, but we all know the kind of magic the ex-Sampdoria striker is capable of, and Saturday Livorno learned it the hard way. Take a look at THIS screamer (scroll to minute 00:25, and yes, unfortunately that’s the best video I could find).


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Results Summary

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Serie A – day 30
Atalanta – Catania
0 - 0
Fiorentina – Lazio
1 - 0
Palermo – Genoa
2 - 3
Reggina – Napoli
1 - 1
Roma – Empoli
2 - 1
Sampdoria – Cagliari
1 - 1
Siena – Parma
2 - 0
Torino – Milan
0 - 1
Udinese – Livorno
2 - 0
Inter – Juventus
1 – 2

Inter Milan 1-2 Juventus: Camoranesi and Trezeguet Conquer the San Siro, Roma Says Thanks (Serie A Matchday 30)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Derby d’Italia - Inter vs. Juventus

Serie ASomeone played a bad joke on Inter Saturday night, and Roberto Mancini wasn’t laughing. And who can blame him? Juventus waited until the return leg of the Derby d’Italia to come back to greatness: true greatness, the kind that makes you feel part of European football’s Elite.

The Evidence? The players. From Gianluigi Buffon (proving once again why he’s considered to be the best goalkeeper on Earth) through to Giorgio Chiellini (who is slowly achieving superstar status as a center-back) and Mauro Camoranesi (Juve just can’t do without him), all the way to David Trezeguet (another vital goal to maintain the lead of the Serie A scoring charts), every man on Claudio Ranieri’s team was almost perfect. The only one coming a little bit short: Alessandro Del Piero, failing to finish two key 3-0 chances that’d have put the game on ice for the Bianconeri, but the author of an otherwise A+ performance.

On Saturday night, in a 58,000 spectactor-laden Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, the Bianconeri achieved what no other Serie A team has managed to do this season: beat Inter Milan at home, in the temple of Italian football.

David Trezeguet celebrates the 2-0 goal vs. Inter Milan (March 23, 2008)

Serie A Matchday 30 - Inter 1-2 Juventus

Tactically, Inter manager Roberto Mancini received some happy news in the last-minute recovery of Brazilian wing-back Maxwell, and decided to go ahead with his one playmaker (Luis Jimenez) and two strikers (Ibrahimovic and Cruz) formation. Right in front of the defense (due to Patrick Vieira’s forced absence) were main men Javier Zanetti, Dejan Stankovic, and Cristian Chivu. On the other end, Claudio Ranieri had to deal with the absence of Cristiano Zanetti due to injury, and thus proposed Mauro Camoranesi in an unusual center-mid role alongside Momo Sissoko, supported by Pavel Nedved and Hasan Salihamidizic on the wings. Up front, scoring duties were left to Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.

Cristian Molinaro (left) tries to dispossess Luis Jiménez from the ballSince minute 1 of the first half, it became obvious there was great tension at the San Siro tonight. Both teams were being very careful in not conceding too much space, while concurrently actively searching for some real estate of their own, preferably in the opponent’s half. What this translated into for the first 45 minutes, was a lot of ball possession but not a high number of chances getting created. Those that did earn a spot in the highlights reel however, helped in providing the excitement necessary to keep neutral spectators entertained.

The first of these was to the benefit of Juventus: in minute 7, a great left-wing crossing delivery from Nedved found Alessandro Del Piero on the opposite post, ready for an acrobatic half-volley which Julio Cesar instinctively deflected over the bar. 10 minutes later, it was Inter’s turn to reply: from a Luis Jiménez free-kick, Nicolas Burdisso astonishingly missed an open-net tackle from close-range, causing the ball to loop up towards Dejan Stankovic, who headed it on top of the crossbar! Two close shaves per side.

Mauro Camoranesi makes it 1-0 for JuveBefore the break, the other notable highlights of the first period included a Chivu free-kick (deflected wide by Buffon) and a Sissoko one-timer from outside the box (ably neutralized by Julio Cesar). The 0-0 half-time scoreline was testament to one clear fact: this match was being played with great intensity and determination by both teams, but neither of them had pushed hard enough on the gas pedal in order to score first yet. Also, without necessarily getting nasty (there was great fair-play between players throughout), the match was certainly getting physical (4 yellow cards had been handed out by referee Stefano Farina, equally shared amongst the teams).

In the second period, Juve immediately resumed their assault. In minute 46, a great half-volley by Nedved found the ready hands of Julio Cesar to deflect wide, but it was only the prelude to Juve’s goal coming 3 minutes later. From a Cristian Molinaro through ball from the center zone, the ball was left by Giorgio Chiellini for an unmarked Mauro Camoranesi, and one-on-one with Julio Cesar the Italo-Argentine did not miss his chance. Low shot below the Brazilian keeper and 1-0 Juve, despite the Bianconeri midfielder was clearly offside when the pass was made.

David Trezeguet celebrates Juve’s second goalAt this point, Mancini decided to remove a slowly disappearing Jiménez and insert the speed and agility of David Suazo. The Juve defense had however the situation well under control, and with confidence and momentum behind them, Ranieri’s men doubled their lead 15 minutes after their first tally. Exploiting a pass inside the box, Del Piero deliciously flicked the ball over for David Trezeguet. Burdisso attempted to intercept the pass, but his header ended up serving it up on a silver platter for the French striker, who armed a powerful left-footer and left Julio Cesar cold. 2-0 Juve.

You would think that at this point, Inter would offer some kind of a pride reaction and launch everything they had towards Buffon’s goal? Not so. Juventus continued to dominate and dictate play, while Alessandro Del Piero had obviously taken his vitamins pre-match, because he continuously sent Marco Materazzi into a spin. In minute 67, the Juve captain could have made it 3-0 but his left-footed attempt (after yet another dribble on Materazzi) found the hands of Julio Cesar.

Alessandro Del Piero brilliant led his team to victory on Saturday nightEven more shocking, was Del Piero’s lone run down the left wing 5 minutes later, which ended up in Maicon catching up and the ball ending in goal-kick (Trezeguet was waiting all alone on the second pot). Want even MORE Shocking? The two-on-one counter-attack featuring Del Piero and Trezeguet, with the Italian and Frenchman exchanging passes twice before the Juve captain blasted the ball… straight at the Inter keeper! Talk about missing the unmissable.

Alas for Juve (and I’ll never get tired of mentioning this) “but raté, but encaissé” as the French say, and what could have been a 3-0 game-over goal turned into 2-1 two minutes later, as Inter reduced their deficit. Some good dribbling work by Maicon on the right wing gave the Brazilian wing-back space to comfortably set up Maniche (on for Cruz) straight in front of the goal, and the Portuguese midfielder had no trouble in scoring his first Serie A goal and putting Inter back in contention.

Maniches makes it 1-2 for Inter, and later even comes close to the equalizerWith the Inter’s 83rd minute goal, Juve were now pushed to the ropes and had 10 minutes to resist the Nerazzurri’s final rush. Mancini’s men were, by then, attacking without any real tactical disposition but had momentum and determination going their way. The Bianconeri backline were sweating hard, and almost paid a heavy price when Maniche (him again) exploited a good Ibrahimovic backheel to get behind the defense, but his toe-poked sliding effort could only find the outer part of Buffon’s left post, before going wide.

It was Inter’s last real chance of the match, as the referee called full time and ended the Nerazzurri’s home unbeaten run. The last time Inter had lost at the San Siro was on April 18, 2007, in one of the last Serie A matches of the 2006-07 season, precisely against… Roma. Could this be a good omen for the Giallorossi? Either way, they can be grateful to Juventus for reducing Inter’s lead to 4 points now, but as a general note please take notice I refuse to talk about “re-opened Scudetto race” this time, at least till the lead is down to one. I will say this though: with 8 matches left in the season, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Serie A…

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F.C. Internazionale Milano
INTER-JUVENTUS
1-2
[Match Highlights]
Juventus F.C.
GOALSCORERS: 49’ Camoranesi (J), 63’ Trezeguet (J), 83’ Maniche (I)
INTER (4-3-1-2): Julio Cesar – Maicon, Burdisso, Materazzi, Maxwell – J.Zanetti, Stankovic, Chivu (82’ Balotelli) – Jiménez (52’ Suazo) – Ibrahimovic, Cruz (64’ Maniche). (bench: Toldo, Rivas, Solari, Crespo). Coach: R.Mancini.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Buffon – Grygera, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Molinaro – Salihamidzic, Camoranesi, Sissoko, Nedved (86’ Nocerino) – Trezeguet (83’ Iaquinta), Del Piero. (bench: Belardi, Birindelli, Stendardo, Tiago, Palladino). Coach: Ranieri.

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MISN – Winter Lachine 07-08 game 22 (vs. Spartans)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

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MISN? What’s this?

Hello MISN,

On Saturday March 22nd we played game nº22 of the Winter 2007-08 Lachine indoor league, vs. Spartans.

Surfing their recent wave of victory, MISN walked into the last game of this Winter regular season with renewed optimism. Fresh from the wins vs. Wood Gundy (5-4), Kelly’s Leg (6-2), and Ericsson (3-0), we now had the opportunity to test our recent progress against the first-ranked team of the Winter league.

Indeed, our opponents for the day were Spartans, a team which walked into game nº22 at 1st spot of the Division 2 standings, with only a one-point advantage over 2nd-ranked mtlsoccer.com. Needless to say, a win was capital for them in order to ensure their crown, however we had other plans. Currently 5th-ranked and 2 points away from Ericsson and FC Sorrento, a win would have improved our final rankings situation and potentially given us better odds in the playoff round.

Attendance-wise, much like the previous week we started off with some early very bad news: after Santi‘s ligament injury, it was Kevin‘s turn to walk under a bad spell: our Toronto-native center-back fractured his wrist during a hockey game, and will have to sit out the rest of the season.   :sad:

As for the rest of our gang, well everyone was pretty much nursing some old injuries (Bruno and Tim were having ankle problems, Alex was struggling with his groin, while Marco had simultaneous ankle, knee, and wrist problems), while at the same time Bardia and Imad were organizing an event and uncertain to be able to play. On the side of good news (and bad news at the same time), our keeper’s wife Jana just gave birth their second daughter Gabriella this week (congrats dude!!!), so why bad news? Well, Jan was also uncertain for this game…

Bottom line we were a few people short, but had a nice surprise in seeing last-minute confirmations Nafee and Saber show up to lend a hand. In the end, we started the game with 9 players, 7 starters and 2 substitutes, pretty much like last week, which became 3 substitutes as soon as Jan showed up late in the first half.

1) Absent long-term: /
2) Injured long-term: Tevin, Güven, Santi, Kevin
3) N/A this week: Alex, Saad

Here was our line-up:

Keeper:
Bruno / Jan
Defense:
Eric / Marco
Jon
Nafee / Bruno
Offense:
Tim
Bardia / Can
Saber

We immediately obtained one shooting chance through Bardia, as our Iranian playmaker cleared a defender in the center to find some space, but his shot off-balance was over the bar and wide. We started off on the right foot though, occupying our opponents’ half and creating danger close to goal.

However, Spartans broke through and captailized on the first chance they obtained unfortunately. The ball got shifted quickly from their left wing to the right, over to an unmarked striker who went for the shot. Bruno (subbing in goal, till Jan got to the game) tried to get to it but couldn’t; the ball rebounded onto the crossbar, hit the floor, then Bruno’s back and crossed the line. Argh. 0-1.

Spartans man-marking our strikers could not turn around for the shot, but eventually somehow managed to slide the ball sideways to the right (or perhaps it was a deflection), where Saber came on at full speed and slammed the ball home inside the right post. 1-1!

Midway through the half, we eventually went ahead. Bruno (still in goal) made a save, and immediately launched a spinning hand pass towards Can onto the left wing. Our Turkish striker let the ball pass over his head to clear his marker, then hit a powerful strike off the bounce that overpowered the keeper’s guard, and find its way into the top corner. 2-1 MISN!

Nafee had an excellent opportunity on the right wing, as he received the ball wide open following a Saber counter-attack on the left. The keeper came rushing out, Nafee dribbled him and attempted to score into the empty net but one of the Spartans defender deflected the ball into corner.

Minutes later, a good ball over the defense found Can clear on the right wing with just the keeper to beat. Once again the Spartans nº1 rushed out, forcing our Turkish striker to attempt a chipped shot which ended up way over the bar. Following that, we obtained another two very good chances through Bruno (powerful shot deflected onto the crossbar by a defender) and Tim (diving header from short-range parried away by the keeper).

It was merely the prologue to our game-winning goal: exploiting some good passing moves, the ball landed to Can on the left right in front of the goal. The Spartans keeper came out to close down the angle, but this time our Turkish striker took the ball past him and onto his left-foot, arming a ripping strike to the opposite post! Power goal and 3-2 MISN!

In the remaining minutes our defense contained the last Spartans rushes, and some good pressuring by Tim even got one of their defenders sent off, as he took away the legs from our Montreal-born player. 3-2 the final score! …
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3-2 final score

Scorers:
Can (2)
Saber

Yellow cards:
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A great performance to cap the regular season boys. We were facing the nº1-ranked team, and rose up to the challenge. So much in fact, that the concurrent victory of mtlscoccer.com over Ericsson crowned them Division 2 champions (!), but more importantly (for us) made us overtake Ericsson and FC Sorrento in the standings, and get a final ranking of 3rd spot!!

Winter Lachine 07-08 Division 2 final rankings

This means that in the April 12 QUARTER-FINALS, we will be paired with Kelly’s Leg! Our two previous encounters this season saw us defeated 1-0 in the first leg, then victorious 6-2 in the second leg (a game during which we went down two goals, and came back from behind in stunning fashion).

Playoffs will be a whole other ballgame however, and our opponents will come at us with a lot more determination. However, if there’s one thing that the last few games of regular season have shown, is that if we play our best we can beat any team in this league! Saturday will be time to prove that!

GO MISN!!!!

-Marco-