It’s the final day of group games! I’ve written 9 of these so far and it feels like the end of an era as I write the 10th. Rarely have I put as much effort into anything else…ever.
Anyway, Group A is so very tight. Any of the five teams can still qualify, which is brilliant news for the neutrals. That’s also the case in Group B, though Boca Seniors are already through so there is only one space to play for. In the words of Des’ree, ooooh I get the shivers.
At the end of the post I will give you details for how you can win the prize bundle we’ve put together. First though, the games.
AFC Supernova Dragons vs Glipton Grasshoppers
The Dragons are really in the drivers seat here. Top of the table and playign at home, even a point will be enough here. They’re at full strength here.
Glipton stick with the same tried and trusted formation that has had mixed results so far. Only a win will be enough.
First video of the day, words below.
What you would say is that Glipton have big game players – like Alan Shearer. He’s been renamed Alaan Shearer here to rid him of his season ruining injury but he was at the peak of his powers here. A first half hat-trick put Glipton on the verge of qualification – only an Erik Nevland goal stopping the second half being an inevitability.
The Dragons pushed and made several chances but where the likes of Tomlinson and McManaman had barely missed in the opening games, they were found wanting here. There were no further additions to the scoreline and it finished with a win – and qualification – for Glipton.
The margin of defeat actually meant Supernova Dragons and PCR have identical records, a pickle I had not considered.
That leaves the group looking like this with just one game left. Excel has determined PCR are above Supernova Dragons but there is little reasoning for that.
Would we need a playoff? The next match is pivotal.
FC Garrincha vs Rostance Rovers
Such is the nature of this group the bottom two sides come into this game knowing a win will take them through. In Chris’ case, a 2-0 win would match him up with PCR and the Dragons and I don’t know what would happen then. Let’s hope for anything but that. He’s stuck with the same team.
Tom just needs a win. 1-0 or 10-0, it matters not. Lamouchi is out injured but he’s opted to have David Platt making a dart forward. Blomqvist is also in for Robert Pires.
Here’s the video.
Tom made the early running and took an early two goal lead. Florian Maurice gave the visitors the advantage before Rob Lee ran through to make it 2-0. At least 2-0 to Chris was off the cards.
They did have a good go at a comeback though as Boksic halved the deficit and then injured Tim Flowers. Even with Magnus Hedman in goal there was still time for Marcelo Salas to head in a David Beckham corner up the other end and secure the win.
An improved second half showing just wasn’t enough for Chris and he finishes bottom.
The tightest group in the competition finishes with Glipton on top and Rostance Rovers joining him in the last 8.
As Chris so delicately put it to the unlucky Ash Rose – “just think, you lost to me!”
Strong words indeed.
Corinthian Collector vs Patrick Thistle
Group B has the potential to get difficult too. Corinthian Collector knows a win here will put him into second place but Mark will only need a draw with Boca Seniors. The Corinthian front 4 is terrifying.
The Patrick’s would also go second with a win and then they’d be hoping for a Boca Miracle – not to be confused with Toca’s Miracle by Fragma in the early 2000s. Anyway, Patrik Berger is out injured so Patrick Revelles is in.
VIDEO. You know where the words are.
Corinthian Collector came out firing on all cylinders and a spell of pressure culminated with Robbie Fowler giving his side the lead. The Patrick’s had a great spell just before half time, with Schmeichel pulling off a great double save and then clawing away a Kluviert penalty after Valery had been hauled down in the box.
They were made to pay for those misses almost instantly. Gianfranco Zola made it 2-0 straight after the break and then just two minutes later Thierry Henry got his first goal of the campaign. Paddy needed four goals now to advance and although they got one through the impressive Camps, his fifth of the tournament, it was too little too late.
Confirmation of the score:
So Corinthian Collector moves into second place but will Mark spoil his party by getting the solitary point he needs in his last game?
Boca Seniors vs Bayern Bru
Boca Seniors have been formidable at times. Considering they were 4-1 down in their first game only to win 7-4 and then 3-1 behind in another only to salvage a draw, it really shows the character of this team. That and Alfonso is really good.
Mark sticks with Lopez over Chapuisat but Steve Bould is injured, so Thomas Gravesen is in.
Final video of the day.
If there were many nervous faces around, they soon weren’t. Boca Seniors were incredible here, storming into an early lead thanks to Roberto Rios but soon doubling that through Pizzi. That lead was double again when Alfonso netted yet again before Rios made it four before the break.
It was 5-0 just after the hour with Kiko getting on the scoresheet though some consolation came when Chapuisat made it 5-1. Pizzi made it 6 before Rio Ferdinand was dismissed. Ronaldo pulled another one back but fittingly Alfonso had the last word. His second of the game was his 8th of the tournament as Boca dealt out a 7-2 thrashing.
That comprehensively ended Bayern hopes.
Confirmation of how Group B finishes up – Boca Seniors were already through but they are joined by Corinthian Collector on goal difference.
Now our quarter final lineup is complete:
Here’s a sneaky look at the race for the golden boot:
Why am I showing you this? Well…
You can win a whole host of prizes including a voucher for Classic Football Shirts, a Graham Says Hit Les mug and much more.
You must have your entry in by 11am on Tuesday 25th June (UK time) and the winner will be announced on Sunday 30th June. One entry per person and the competitors can’t enter. Good luck!
We’ll be back on Tuesday with all four quarter finals. I’m sure you’ll be there to join us for the extravaganza – at least it’s the final straight. Three updates to go…