Hello and welcome to Day 7 of the 2019 CM9798 Cup. Such is the scheduling of this tournament, this is the last group match for two of our teams. In the case of FPL Hints, he has taken on the role of Spain in 2014, the defending champion eliminated a game early. He’ll look to restore some pride in his game whilst Exeter Gently will go looking to claim a last 8 spot with a win against PSG Mashup.
Here’s how Groups C and D stand as we enter day 7.
PSG Mashup vs Exeter Gently
It’s win or bust for Tom Reed. Defeat in their opening two games means already they can only tie with the top two but a pair of victories in their remaining games would make it very interesting indeed. An injury to Marcus Purk means Andy Cole starts this one alongside Mpenza. Jerome Leroy remains injured.
Ross welcomes back Kieron Dyer from injury but there’s no Matthias Sammer. Stuart McCall moves to holding midfield whilst Nune Gomes starts up front with Balbo also absent.
Here’s the first video of the day, scroll down for words.
PSG Mashup started well in their pursuit of the points they needed to keep their hopes alive. Mpenza scored his third goal of the tournament to give his team the lead but Hernan Crespo equalised just a minute later. Andy Cole restored the lead as Tom’s side just about edged an entertaining first half.
If anything PSG looked more likely to add to their lead which prompted Ross to make some attacking changes on 67 minutes. Poborsky replaced Broomes and played as a wing back. Eventually the changes paid dividends as Morten Bisgaard manages to force home the equaliser 7 minutes from time. Tom’s side pushed for a winner but found Steve Ogrizovic in the way when it mattered.
That result sadly means Tom has been eliminated with a game to spare. His side have been desperately unlucky really, losing two games by a single goal and then this draw. When you consider some of the hammerings other teams have received, it’s a tough one to swallow.
Ross meanwhile is top of the table with 7 points but has now played all of his games.
Quickly Kevin United vs Sporting Po-Taitos
These two sides are both on three points and a win for either team here would put them in a great position to qualify. By contrast, a defeat would make it a very tall order indeed. Quickly Kevin United have shuffled the formation slightly and Kirovski starts ahead of Totti.
Rob Tait meanwhile is missing Leandro through injury but can call on Oli instead.
VIDEO. Words follow.
This was a bloodbath from the first moments really. Oli scored after just four minutes and Ibrahim Ba made it 2-0 before half time. The home side could barely get going and managed only two efforts on goal – neither on target.
A half time tinkering was supposed to revitalise Quickly Kevin but any hopes of a comeback were swiftly ended with goals on 49 and 51 minutes. Totti did arrive from the bench to briefly restore a little bit of hope but this loss and a dent to the goal difference could prove very costly indeed.
Confirmation then of the final score.
Group C is looking like a three horse race for the two qualifying positions. Quickly Kevin travel to Real Mathdrid in the final game needing a big win and a favour from bottom side PSG who make the trip to Sporting Po-Taitos.
Let’s see how Group D are getting on.
FPL Hints vs Rewind Rovers
With FPL Hints about to have their grip on the trophy removed, all the pressure here was on Rewind Rovers to find the win that would keep their qualification hopes alive. The champ is sticking with this notion of making Dion Dublin run around a lot.
Dan meanwhile is unchanged. His style is simple really and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Video here, words later.
FPL Hints’ miserable campaign looked set to get even worse when Anelka finished a rebound after just five minutes. That prompted an early tactical switch to a back three, with Dublin relieved of marauding duty. It worked in the sense that they didn’t concede any further but they failed to muster many attempts of their own.
Anelka put the away side back in front but FPL Hints were a different side in this second half. They managed 15 attempts as their 3-3-4 swarmed forward. Dwight Yorke headed in an equaliser and they had looked favourites to go and win it until Hierro was sent off for a last man handball. With that, the points were shared which just about keeps Rewind in contention and momentarily moved Ash off the bottom of the table.
Here’w the confirmation:
One more game today then…
S4ooters Outlaws vs Bells United
S4ooters Outlaws had to win this to keep themselves in the tournament but Bells United have been imperious in their opening two games and can boast a 100% record. Both sides played the classic formation.
Bakayoko was only fit enough for the bench after recovering from injury which gave Henrik Larsson the chance to continue alongside Hasselbaink.
Final video of the day.
So, could Dan stop the Bells United express? A bright start soon clouded over as Rui Costa scored at about the fifth attempt from a corner after some Ian Walker heroics. Although S4ooters kept creating chances, their finishing let them down and they were dealt a hammer below just before half time when Hasselbaink doubled the lead.
Hasselbiank made it 3 shortly after half time and despite some tactical adjustments, Fabien Barthez continued to be brilliant. He denied S4ooters time and time again before Rui Costa rubbed salt into the wounds by adding his second and Bells United’s fourth shortly before full time.
Bells United are going to take some stopping on this form.
That leaves Group D looking very good for Ross and quite good for Criterion Club. S4ooters can deny Rewind Rovers when they host them in the final game whilst the top two meet with rather a lot more riding on it for Matt than Ross.
The finale for these two groups will be on Thursday. We’ll be back on Tuesday with Groups A and B where there’s still an awful lot to play for. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you then.