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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.
Round 7 saw one huge upset, some expected wins, a classic between two of the most exciting sides in 1FF, and a bore draw.
Brazil Amazônia and South London United played out a match that was almost brought alive in the 97th minute as Amazônia broke and looked to be in on goal. In the most professional way Joey Tesselaar, Centre Back for South London stopped the attack and saw red. The game ended 0-0.
Table-topping Inter Nusantara won 2-1 in Riyadh, FC Angelenos won 3-0 in Naija and Manhattan FC won 1-0 in Bondi.
Bengaluru Phoenix and Club Sportivo Palermo played out a classic in India, the young visitors going 2-0 up early thanks to goals from Bernardo De Los Santos and Pablo Burgeuño. Bengaluru hit back late in the first half through So Sung-Chul but couldn’t break through again and Palermo boosted their reputation as the most exciting team in the competition with a 2-1 win.
Which leaves the big shock. Ko Kato missed an extra-time penalty in the Season One Semi Finals that Tokyo Youth Club eventually lost to Paris St Denis, but this time made no mistake from the spot, slotting home the opener for the visitors in the 35th minute. St Denis pushed but had no answer and eventually conceded a second in the 95th minute, from substitute Kôsuke Maeda. Tokyo climbed off the bottom of the table with the 2-0 win.
Tokyo’s joy was short-lived, going down 5-1 at home to a rampant Riyadh Stars. Alex Aquino was given a ranking of 98, the highest of the season so far. Riyadh are starting to click.
Manhattan FC secured their 6th straight win, all by a single goal thanks to José Alcantar’s first half goal. The Empire are playing well and face high-flying Club Sportivo Palermo next. Palermo themselves went down in a 1-0 shock home loss against South London United. Ruben Sinclair set up Chris Bird for his fourth goal of the season.
Paris St Denis got back to winning ways in LA, 1-0 over FC Angelenos. Bengaluru Phoenix beat Bondi FC 2-1 thanks to a 93rd minute winner from Emmanuel Fargues who had been on the pitch for less than 5 minutes.
And finally, league leaders Inter Nusantara went 2-0 up early at home to the struggling Naija United before Charles Ogude scored twice to level it. Segara Biru then popped up in the 96th minute to break Naija hearts.
If you’re going to score in the 98th minute when you’re already 3-1 up, you might as well make it something like this. Round 8’s Goal of the Round from Zaki Abdo.
Albin Dahlin scored another two goals, his 8th and 9th of the season in a win over Naija United and the 20 year old was given a ranking score of 92.
Alex Aquino put in one of the best performances of the season so far, scoring a 98 in Riyadh Star’s 5-1 win. They beat Tokyo Youth Club for whom goalscorer Ko Kato picks up the Young player of the Round award.
Dani Viana reacting to Joey Tesselaar’s professional foul that prevented Brasil Amazônia having a goalscoring opportunity in the 96th minute.
Ko Kato is growing tired with the approach at Tokyo Youth Club, will this lead to change in Japan?
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