EURO WINNERS CUP 2015 - ROUND OF 16
Amrahbank stays steady in healthy victory
The 9-5 win for Amrahbank over CD Bala Azul had an exciting four goal first period, three from Amrahbank, that was a precursor of more to come. It was the first match on the day and Amrahbank became the first team to qualify for the next round. A spot in the quarterfinals is something that teams never take for granted but in an event of this magnitude, CD Bala Azul and Amrahbank were taking the task very seriously. The Spanish club, Bala Azul, has had one of the stingiest defenses in the tournament and the Azerbaijan club`s defense is nothing to scoff at, so the scoreless opening minutes were not surprising. It was Amrahbank who struck first though, taking a 2-0 lead before the Spanish side got off the board. The offenses took front stage during the last half of the period and the frame ended with Amrahbank up 3-1. The Spanish side inched closer with the slotting home of a penalty kick and midway through the match, the game stood at 3-2 for Amrahbank. Bala Azul finally found the equalizer, on one of the most determined individual efforts all week from Ardil, as he was forced to fight through two defenders, a turnover, a fall on the pitch and the goalie to secure the third goal. The Turkish club was not impressed and added their fourth goal, just before the break, to take a 4-3 lead into the final frame. The Azerbaijani side had one magical shot of their own that was lobbed in by Renat from the other end of the pitch and that goal had Amrahbank well on their way to the final eight. When the match came to an end, Amrahbank was up 9-5.
Goals : 0-1 : Sabir, min. 6 (1); 0-2 : Sabir, min. 4 (1); 1-2 : Ardil, min. 4 (1); 1-3 : Hikmat, min. 3 (1); 2-3 : Acosta, min. 9 (2); 3-3 : Ardil, min. 3 (2); 3-4 : Abdul, min. 2 (2); 3-5 : Asif, min. 11 (3); 3-6 : Abdul, min. 9 (3); 3-7 : Renat, min. 7 (3); 4-7 : Ardil, min. 3 (3); 4-8 : Abdul, min. 1 (3); 4-9 : Sabir, min. 1 (3); 5-9 : Ardil, min. 0 (3).
Goldwin Pluss inches closer to EWC glory after OT thriller
The 5-4 (aet) victory for Goldwin Pluss Bodon FC over CD Murcia was a magnificent match with big names, huge goals, and some excellent defense to boot. The match began without goals and then finished with a slew of great ones. Offense was hard to come by in the opening minutes of the game, though not from lack of want as both teams were scrambling to put the ball in the net, but could not. Goldwin Pluss controlled the possession and were on the attacking end more than Murcia but the quality shots did not come as easily as was expected from these prolific scoring offenses. The period ended without a goal but the frenetic pace made for a thrilling opening to the Round of 16 match. The goalless drought ended in a flash, on a missile from Juanma that put Murcia up 1-0 in the opening minute of the middle frame. The scoring really opened up in the second period as the Hungarian club got on the score sheet but Murcia also added to their total and the period ended with the Spanish club up 3-1. The final frame began with a flurry of shots from Goldwin and the Murcia side was backpedalling the entire time and Ughy made them pay, scoring his teams` second goal, leaving Goldwin down only 3-2. Shortly after, the comeback was complete, as the Hungarian club scored again to level things at 3 going into the last minutes of the match. The Spanish club were not deterred in their fortitude and used a direct kick from Ezequiel to take the 4-3 lead. Hungary`s top club replied with another equalizer with just over a minute remaining, which was good enough to send the match into overtime. Fekete scored his second of the day, and most important of the event, in the first minute in the extra frame, giving his team their first and last lead of the day at 5-4.
Goals : 0-1 : Juanma, min. 11 (2); 1-1 : Pachev, min. 10 (2); 1-2 : Juanma, min. 8 (2); 1-3 : Nick, min. 7 (2); 2-3 : Ughy, min. 8 (3); 3-3 : Besenyei, min. 7 (3); 3-4 : Ezequiel, min. 2 (3); 4-4 : Fekete, min. 1 (3); 5-4 : Fekete, min. 2 (et).
KP Lodz shocks Sable Dancers for spot in last 8
The 6-4 win for KP Lodz was not what many could have expected. Even the believers in the Polish side would have been surprised with the early domination. In the end that was just fine with Lodz as they now will fight in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Sable Dancers might have been considered a lock to win this match, but that is why we play the matches. KP Lodz was not told that they might be the underdogs and they came out firing in the opening period, scoring the matches first two goals, while shutting out the high-scoring Swiss club. The first 12 minutes ended with the Polish up 3-0 over Sable Dancers. The upset bid was officially on when the Polish club scored another three goals early in the middle frame to build their improbable lead. Sable Dancers did manage get one early goal past Lodz`s defense but it was not enough to strike fear in the hearts of the KP Lodz players as the period ended with a score of 6-2 for the club from Poland. In the final frame, KP Lodz was flying around the pitch, as if they had that much more energy and an extra player but the Swiss club were trying feverishly to level the score by clawing their way back. The valiant comeback could not be completed, coming up just short, and when the final whistle sounded, the score was 6-4 for KP Lodz.
Goals : 0-1 : Lenart, min. 11 (1); 0-2 : Krawczyk, min. 9 (1); 0-3 : Kubiak, min. 0 (1); 0-4 : Klepczarek, min. 11 (2); 1-4 : Fleuer, min, 9 (2); 1-5 : Klepczarek, min. 9 (2); 1-6 : Krawczyk, min. 8 (2); 2-6 : Angel, min. 2 (2); 3-6 : Tavanae, min. 6 (3); 4-6 : Tavanae, min. 5 (3).
Iron-willed Braga squeezes past Antalya-Alanya for berth in Quarterfinals
Portuguese champions Sporting Clube Braga earned a place within the best eight teams in this Euro Winners Cup after a hard-fought win over Antalya-Alanya. Bending the Turkish side is nothing like an easy business, but the Lusitanian perfectly managed the tempo of the game, with timely attacks and sturdy defense, to have their opponents needing to do an extra effort in every single move. Bernardo Martins swept Braga ahead, with the opening hit just one minute into the game, and despite Erkan equalized little afterwards, the game seemed pretty much under Portuguese control. A 3-0 run confirmed it, leaving the score at 4-1 in the beginning of the third period. Antalya-Alanya kept trying, relying on the magic by their star signings Madjer and Belchior, but Braga perfectly managed the situation. Madjer pulled one back for the Turkish side, but the reaction went no further tan that, and SC Braga accessed quarterfinals.
Goals : 1-0 : Bernardo Martins, min. 10 (1); 1-1 : Erkan, min. 6 (1); 2-1 : Gori, min. 1 (1); 3-1 : Ramacciotti, min. 7 (2); 4-1 : Ze Maria, min. 9 (3); 4-2 : Madjer, min. 8 (3)
EURO WINNERS CUP 2015
Results Today :
11 : 15 - CD Bala Azul 5-9 Amrahbank FC (Round of 16)
12 : 30 - Goldwin Pluss Bodon FC 5-4 (aet) CD Murcia (Round of 16)
13 : 45 - BSC Sable Dancers Bern 4-6 KP Lodz (Round of 16)
15 : 00 - SC Braga 4-2 Antalya-Analya BSC (Round of 16)
16 : 15 - Happy Car Sambenedettese vs FC Vybor (Round of 16)
17 : 30 - FC Lokomotiv vs CS Djoker (Round of 16)
18 : 45 - BSC Kristall vs Ushkyn-Iskra (Round of 16)
20 : 00 - DomusBet BS Catania vs Milano BS (Round of 16)
Upcoming Matches :
09 : 30 - BSC Kristall/Ushlyn-Iskra vs Goldwin Pluss Bodon FC (Quarterfinal)
10 : 45 - FC Lokomotiv/CS Djoker vs KP Lodz (Quarterfinal)
12 : 00 - Happy Car Samenedettese/FC Vybor vs SC Braga (Quarterfinal)
13 : 15 - DomusBet BS Catania/Milano BS vs Amrahbank (Quarterfinal)
18 : 15 - Winner Quarterfinals 3 vs Winner Quarterfinals 4 (Semifinal)
18 : 15 - Loser Quarterfinals 3 vs Loser Quarterfinals 4 (Consolation Semifinal)
19 : 30 - Winner Quarterfinals 1 vs Winner Quarterfinals 2 (Semifinal)
19 : 30 - Loser Quarterfinals 1 vs Loser Quarterfinals 2 (Consolation Semifinal)