AHFA 2020 World Cup

Team: Transylvanian Confederacy
  • My second entry (WIP)
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    Transylvanian Confederacy
    Capital:
    Klausenburg-Kolozsvár-Cluj
    Common Languages: Romanian, Hungarian, German
    Religion: Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Eastern Orthodox
    Denonym: Transylvanian
    Government: Federal semi-direct democracy

    Goal:
    Kapolcs Miklós
    Jónás Kornél
    Matthäus Rozenkwit
    Defense:
    Simon Imre
    Fülöp Péter
    Apród Zsolt
    Florentin Kogalniceaunu
    Varujan Grigorescu
    Swen Gering
    Midfield:
    Halász György
    Kerekes Dezső
    Horasiu Cretu
    Arsenie Bârladeanu
    Emmerich Landau
    Adelbert Christmann
    Forwards:
    Gulyás Rajmund
    Kende István
    Lengyel Miklós
    Wadim Popescu
    Walther Nostitz
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    Team: Confederation of Novorossiya
  • @Baconheimer

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    Team: Confederation of Novorossiya
    Nickname: Bears
    Home Stadium, City: Donbass Arena, Donetsk
    Home Kit: alternating orange and black stripes
    Away Kit: white with a single red stripe cutting across diagonally
    Coach: Sergei Yakovlev

    Roster (23 players)
    Goalkeepers:
    Vladimir Ivanov, Vitaly Kuznetsov, Eduard Borisov
    Defenders: Vasili Zima, Alexei Havrylyuk, Timur Krupin, Symon Zima, Anatoli Gavrilyuk, Terentiy Ignatiev, Adam Isaev
    Midfielders: Yefrem Holub, Grigoriy Vasilev, Ruslan Viktorov, Lazar Borysov (captain), Stas Volkov, Vasiliy Fyodorov, Volodya Kozlov, Makari Romanov
    Forwards: Nazariy Lagunov, Klim Sokolovsky, Foka Popov, Petro Sobol, Andrei Fedorov
     
    Team: Siberia
  • hope this is good

    Team: Republic of Siberia
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    Nickname: The Huskies
    Home Stadium, City: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

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    Coach: Ivan Bostrolonev

    Goalkeepers:
    Andrei Alyosha
    Dimitri Snovalsk
    Konstantin Luka
    Defenders:
    Misha Matvey
    Boris Vladimir
    Aleksandr Nikolay
    Sergey Pavel
    Midfielders:
    Ivan Stanislov
    Joseph Mikhail
    Radovan Budimir
    Abram Pyotr
    David Alexey
    Avenir Ivan
    Viktor Kolya
    Forwards:
    Leonid Kirill
    Anatoly Timofey
    Daniel Borislav
    Abagor Dmitry
    Eduard Grischa
    Ilya Avgustin
    Damien Nikolai
    Valentin Albert
    Demyan Egor
     

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    Winning Bid: Mexico
  • I hereby induct the Mexican Empire's bid to become the AHFA 2020 World Cup host nation!

    Country Name: Mexican Empire
    Capital: Mexico City
    Government: Constitutional monarchy
    Head of State/Government: Maximilian II (monarch) Ricardo Anaya (Prime Minister)
    Languages: Spanish (lingua franca)
    Major Cities: Guadalajara, Monterrey, León, Puebla, Veracruz, Ecatepec, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador
    Stadiums:
    1. Maximilian I National Stadium (Mexico City) Capacity: 150,000
    2. Aztlán Arena (Mexico City) Capacity: 95,000
    3. San Felipe Stadium (León) Capacity: 94,500
    4. Centennial Field (Guadalajara) Capacity: 93,500
    5. Monterrey Grand Stadium (Monterrey) Capacity: 85,000
    6. Olympic Field of Veracruz (Veracruz) Capacity. 82,000
    7. Cortés Stadium (Cabo San Lucas) Capacity: 68,000
    8. Iturbide Stadium (Morelia) Capacity: 67,000
    9. San Idelfonso Arena (Mérida) Capacity: 64,700
    10. Libertadores Stadium (Acapulco) Capacity: 51,000
    11. Atlas Stadium (Puebla) Capacity: 50,000
    12. Los Soles Arena (Mazatlán) Capacity: 49,500
    13. Moctezuma Imperial Stadium (Querétaro) Capacity: 48,000
    14. San Cristóbal Resort Field (Cancún) Capacity: 46,700
    15. Gran Norte Field (Chihuahua) Capacity: 31,000

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    Official logo of Mexico's AHFA 2020 World Cup hosting bid
     
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    Groups
  • Gust

    Donor
    I've done a draw on the number assigned to each team in their group. This is to determine the scheduling as in OTL.

    Group A:
    A1: Mexican Empire (assigned)
    A2: Provence
    A3: Australia
    A4: Tibet
    A5: Khemia

    Group B:
    B1: Caribbean Socialist Republics
    B2: Ragusa
    B3: Leon and Castille
    B4: Iran
    B5: Rhodesia

    Group C:
    C1: Freedonia
    C2: Venetian Republic
    C3: New Catalonia
    C4: Co-Operative Republic of Britain (in exile)
    C5: Gran Colombia

    Group D:
    D1: New England
    D2: Confederate States of America
    D3: Celtic Union
    D4: Antarctique
    D5: Madagascar

    Group E:
    E1: Sao Paulo
    E2: Novorossiya
    E3: Transylvania
    E4: Canada
    E5: Wales

    Group F:
    F1: East African Federation
    F2: Siberia
    F3: French National Union
    F4: Macedonian Empire
    F5: Phillipine Republic

    Group G:
    G1: Duchy of Milan
    G2: Nova Hollandia
    G3: United Neutral Team
    G4: Turkestan
    G5: Great Lakes Republic

    Group H:
    H1: Patagonia
    H2: Republic of China
    H3: Banat
    H4: Viti
    H5: United Belgian Provinces
     
    Full Schedule (Updated)
  • Gust

    Donor
    WeekdayDateTime (UTC-5)Match #Team 1Team 2GroupStageStadium
    Friday
    12-06-2020​
    14:00​
    1​
    Mexico11ProvenceAMatchday 1San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Saturday
    13-06-2020​
    11:00​
    2​
    Australia21TibetAMatchday 1Centennial Field
    Saturday
    13-06-2020​
    14:00​
    3​
    Caribbean20RagusaBMatchday 1San Idelfonso Arena
    Saturday
    13-06-2020​
    17:00​
    4​
    Leon and Castille20IranBMatchday 1Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Saturday
    13-06-2020​
    20:00​
    5​
    Freedonia11VeniceCMatchday 1Libertadores Stadium
    Sunday
    14-06-2020​
    11:00​
    6​
    New Catalonia21Co-Operative Republic of BritainCMatchday 1Atlas Stadium
    Sunday
    14-06-2020​
    14:00​
    7​
    New England20Confederate States of AmericaDMatchday 1Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Sunday
    14-06-2020​
    17:00​
    8​
    Celtic Union01AntarctiqueDMatchday 1Iturbide Stadium
    Sunday
    14-06-2020​
    20:00​
    9​
    Sao Paulo40NovorossiyaEMatchday 1San Felipe Stadium
    Monday
    15-06-2020​
    11:00​
    10​
    Transylvania32CanadaEMatchday 1Los Soles Arena
    Monday
    15-06-2020​
    14:00​
    11​
    East Africa30SiberiaFMatchday 1Aztlán Arena
    Monday
    15-06-2020​
    17:00​
    12​
    France10MacedoniaFMatchday 1Cortés Stadium
    Tuesday
    16-06-2020​
    11:00​
    13​
    Milan10Nova HollandiaGMatchday 1San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Tuesday
    16-06-2020​
    14:00​
    14​
    Germany20TurkestanGMatchday 1Gran Norte Field
    Tuesday
    16-06-2020​
    17:00​
    15​
    Patagonia01Republic of ChinaHMatchday 1Moctezuma Imperial Stadium
    Tuesday
    16-06-2020​
    20:00​
    16​
    Banat12VitiHMatchday 1San Idelfonso Arena
    Wednesday
    17-06-2020​
    11:00​
    17​
    Leon and Castille31RagusaBMatchday 2Aztlán Arena
    Wednesday
    17-06-2020​
    14:00​
    18​
    Rhodesia02CaribbeanBMatchday 2San Felipe Stadium
    Wednesday
    17-06-2020​
    17:00​
    19​
    Australia02ProvenceAMatchday 2Libertadores Stadium
    Wednesday
    17-06-2020​
    20:00​
    20​
    Khemia02MexicoAMatchday 2Iturbide Stadium
    Thursday
    18-06-2020​
    11:00​
    21​
    Celtic Union21Confederate States of AmericaDMatchday 2Cortés Stadium
    Thursday
    18-06-2020​
    14:00​
    22​
    Madagascar01New EnglandDMatchday 2Centennial Field
    Thursday
    18-06-2020​
    17:00​
    23​
    New Catalonia31VeniceCMatchday 2Moctezuma Imperial Stadium
    Thursday
    18-06-2020​
    20:00​
    24​
    Gran Colombia12FreedoniaCMatchday 2Gran Norte Field
    Friday
    19-06-2020​
    11:00​
    25​
    France20SiberiaFMatchday 2San Idelfonso Arena
    Friday
    19-06-2020​
    14:00​
    26​
    Phillipines12East AfricaFMatchday 2Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Friday
    19-06-2020​
    17:00​
    27​
    Transylvania10NovorossiyaEMatchday 2Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Friday
    19-06-2020​
    20:00​
    28​
    Wales01Sao PauloEMatchday 2San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Saturday
    20-06-2020​
    11:00​
    29​
    Banat31Republic of ChinaHMatchday 2Los Soles Arena
    Saturday
    20-06-2020​
    14:00​
    30​
    Belgium30PatagoniaHMatchday 2Iturbide Stadium
    Saturday
    20-06-2020​
    17:00​
    31​
    Germany11Nova HollandiaGMatchday 2San Felipe Stadium
    Saturday
    20-06-2020​
    20:00​
    32​
    Great Lakes12MilanGMatchday 2Atlas Stadium
    Sunday
    21-06-2020​
    11:00​
    33​
    Rhodesia03Leon and CastilleBMatchday 3Cortés Stadium
    Sunday
    21-06-2020​
    14:00​
    34​
    Ragusa21IranBMatchday 3Libertadores Stadium
    Sunday
    21-06-2020​
    17:00​
    35​
    Khemia01AustraliaAMatchday 3Moctezuma Imperial Stadium
    Sunday
    21-06-2020​
    20:00​
    36​
    Provence20TibetAMatchday 3Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Monday
    22-06-2020​
    11:00​
    37​
    Madagascar01Celtic UnionDMatchday 3Centennial Field
    Monday
    22-06-2020​
    14:00​
    38​
    Confederate States of America02AntarctiqueDMatchday 3San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Monday
    22-06-2020​
    17:00​
    39​
    Gran Colombia20New CataloniaCMatchday 3Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Monday
    22-06-2020​
    20:00​
    40​
    Venice01Co-Operative Republic of BritainCMatchday 3Los Soles Arena
    Tuesday
    23-06-2020​
    11:00​
    41​
    Phillipines01FranceFMatchday 3Iturbide Stadium
    Tuesday
    23-06-2020​
    14:00​
    42​
    Siberia01MacedoniaFMatchday 3San Felipe Stadium
    Tuesday
    23-06-2020​
    17:00​
    43​
    Wales11TransylvaniaEMatchday 3Atlas Stadium
    Tuesday
    23-06-2020​
    20:00​
    44​
    Novorossiya11CanadaEMatchday 3Aztlán Arena
    Wednesday
    24-06-2020​
    11:00​
    45​
    Belgium01BanatHMatchday 3Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Wednesday
    24-06-2020​
    14:00​
    46​
    Republic of China00VitiHMatchday 3Gran Norte Field
    Wednesday
    24-06-2020​
    17:00​
    47​
    Great Lakes02GermanyGMatchday 3San Idelfonso Arena
    Wednesday
    24-06-2020​
    20:00​
    48​
    Nova Hollandia31TurkestanGMatchday 3Libertadores Stadium
    Thursday
    25-06-2020​
    11:00​
    49​
    Mexico20AustraliaAMatchday 4Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Thursday
    25-06-2020​
    14:00​
    50​
    Tibet10KhemiaAMatchday 4Los Soles Arena
    Thursday
    25-06-2020​
    17:00​
    51​
    Caribbean03Leon and CastilleBMatchday 4San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Thursday
    25-06-2020​
    20:00​
    52​
    Iran20RhodesiaBMatchday 4Iturbide Stadium
    Friday
    26-06-2020​
    11:00​
    53​
    Freedonia24New CataloniaCMatchday 4San Idelfonso Arena
    Friday
    26-06-2020​
    14:00​
    54​
    Co-Operative Republic of Britain12Gran ColombiaCMatchday 4Aztlán Arena
    Friday
    26-06-2020​
    17:00​
    55​
    New England15Celtic UnionDMatchday 4San Felipe Stadium
    Friday
    26-06-2020​
    20:00​
    56​
    Antarctique10MadagascarDMatchday 4Cortés Stadium
    Saturday
    27-06-2020​
    11:00​
    57​
    Sao Paulo20TransylvaniaEMatchday 4Moctezuma Imperial Stadium
    Saturday
    27-06-2020​
    14:00​
    58​
    Canada02WalesEMatchday 4Centennial Field
    Saturday
    27-06-2020​
    17:00​
    59​
    East Africa01FranceFMatchday 4Gran Norte Field
    Saturday
    27-06-2020​
    20:00​
    60​
    Macedonia20PhillipinesFMatchday 4Atlas Stadium
    Sunday
    28-06-2020​
    11:00​
    61​
    Milan02GermanyGMatchday 4Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Sunday
    28-06-2020​
    14:00​
    62​
    Turkestan20Great LakesGMatchday 4Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Sunday
    28-06-2020​
    17:00​
    63​
    Patagonia11BanatHMatchday 4Libertadores Stadium
    Sunday
    28-06-2020​
    20:00​
    64​
    Viti12BelgiumHMatchday 4San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Monday
    29-06-2020​
    11:00​
    65​
    Iran12CaribbeanBMatchday 5Los Soles Arena
    Monday
    29-06-2020​
    11:00​
    66​
    Ragusa22RhodesiaBMatchday 5Gran Norte Field
    Monday
    29-06-2020​
    15:00​
    67​
    Tibet03MexicoAMatchday 5San Felipe Stadium
    Monday
    29-06-2020​
    15:00​
    68​
    Provence20KhemiaAMatchday 5Aztlán Arena
    Tuesday
    30-06-2020​
    11:00​
    69​
    Co-Operative Republic of Britain21FreedoniaCMatchday 5Iturbide Stadium
    Tuesday
    30-06-2020​
    11:00​
    70​
    Venice20Gran ColombiaCMatchday 5Moctezuma Imperial Stadium
    Tuesday
    30-06-2020​
    15:00​
    71​
    Antarctique10New EnglandDMatchday 5San Idelfonso Arena
    Tuesday
    30-06-2020​
    15:00​
    72​
    Confederate States of America21MadagascarDMatchday 5Atlas Stadium
    Wednesday
    01-07-2020​
    11:00​
    73​
    Canada05Sao PauloEMatchday 5Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Wednesday
    01-07-2020​
    11:00​
    74​
    Novorossiya03WalesEMatchday 5Libertadores Stadium
    Wednesday
    01-07-2020​
    15:00​
    75​
    Macedonia00East AfricaFMatchday 5San Cristóbal Resort Field
    Wednesday
    01-07-2020​
    15:00​
    76​
    Siberia10PhillipinesFMatchday 5Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Thursday
    02-07-2020​
    11:00​
    77​
    Turkestan40MilanGMatchday 5Centennial Field
    Thursday
    02-07-2020​
    11:00​
    78​
    Nova Hollandia10Great LakesGMatchday 5Cortés Stadium
    Thursday
    02-07-2020​
    15:00​
    79​
    Viti22PatagoniaHMatchday 5San Felipe Stadium
    Thursday
    02-07-2020​
    15:00​
    80​
    Republic of China12BelgiumHMatchday 5Aztlán Arena
    Saturday
    04-07-2020​
    15:00​
    81​
    Mexico31CaribbeanRo16Iturbide Stadium
    Saturday
    04-07-2020​
    11:00​
    82​
    New Catalonia01Celtic UnionRo16San Idelfonso Arena
    Sunday
    05-07-2020​
    15:00​
    83​
    Leon and Castille30ProvenceRo16San Felipe Stadium
    Sunday
    05-07-2020​
    11:00​
    84​
    Antarctique10Gran ColombiaRo16Olympic Field of Veracruz
    Monday
    06-07-2020​
    11:00​
    85​
    Sao Paulo10East AfricaRo16Aztlán Arena
    Monday
    06-07-2020​
    15:00​
    86​
    Germany20BanatRo16Monterrey Grand Stadium
    Tuesday
    07-07-2020​
    11:00​
    87​
    France20WalesRo16Centennial Field
    Tuesday
    07-07-2020​
    15:00​
    88​
    Belgium40Nova HollandiaRo16Cortés Stadium
    Friday
    10-07-2020​
    15:00​
    89​
    Mexico3p3Celtic UnionQFSan Felipe Stadium
    Friday
    10-07-2020​
    11:00​
    90​
    Sao Paulo12GermanyQFOlympic Field of Veracruz
    Saturday
    11-07-2020​
    15:00​
    91​
    Leon and Castille13AntarctiqueQFAztlán Arena
    Saturday
    11-07-2020​
    11:00​
    92​
    France12BelgiumQFMonterrey Grand Stadium
    Tuesday
    14-07-2020​
    14:00​
    93​
    Mexico30GermanySFCentennial Field
    Wednesday
    15-07-2020​
    14:00​
    94​
    Antarctique1p1BelgiumSFSan Felipe Stadium
    Saturday
    18-07-2020​
    14:00​
    95​
    Germany10Belgium3rdAztlán Arena
    Sunday
    19-07-2020​
    14:00​
    96​
    Mexico0p0AntarctiqueFinalMaximilian I National Stadium
     
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    Opening
  • "The 2020 AHFA World Cup is hereby officially inaugurated." - AHFA President

    "A monumental effort of cooperation at all levels has now enabled us to unite our football teams. This move has already succeeded to unite all members of the German community behind one cause for the first time since 1949, and a non-political cause at that.
    From our team quarters in Xilitla, and from our matches in León de los Aldama, in Chihuahua and in Veracruz - and hopefully from our continued participation - a message shall go out to the world. A message of continuing, no, of once again increasing unity among the German community which transcends all political and ideological strife.

    The United Neutral Team stands for everybody in the German Community, and each member of the German Community shall participate in its performance." -
    Gerald Asamoah

    "Our nation takes pride in qualification for the World Cup, and every Vitian is a part of this experience" - Falelauli'i Vavau, President of the RSAV

    "Welcome to Mexico, and for this opening match, welcome to the City of Cancún!....
    Kickoff of the 2020 AHFA World Cup! And it was Hirving Lozano, passing back to Miguel Layún." -
    Sports commentator Miroslav Hlaváček
     
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    1: Mexico 1-Provence 1
  • Mexican Empire:

    Coach: Miguel Herrera


    Lineup:

    Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa

    Hiram Mier (84. Rafa Marquez)
    Carlos Salcedo
    Miguel Layún

    Hirving Lozano
    Érick Aguirre

    Giovani dos Santos
    Rodolfo Pizarro (58. Jesus Dueñas)
    Jonathan dos Santos

    Javier Hernandez
    Carlos Cisneros (69. Oribe Peralta)


    Provence:

    Coach:
    Patrick Vieira


    Lineup:

    Hugo Lloris

    Lucas Hernandez
    Malang Sarr
    Theo Hernandez
    Yassine Meriah


    Nicolo Barella
    Jordan Ferri
    Stefano Sturaro

    Wahbi Khazri
    Bilal Boutobba
    Ludovic Ajorque
    from pilkarski.mm
    San Cristóbal Resort Field, Cancún
    Mexico 1 - 1 Provence

    Goals:

    10' Javier Hernandez
    20' Wahbi Khazri

    Referee: Amr Muhammad Zahir (Khemia) - Grade: C+
    No mistakes as the match was easy to referee. It was correct not to book Hiram Mier (59', played the ball)

    The opener of the 2020 World Cup, unlike many openers before (especially the 2018 one, in which five goals were scored by Russia), was very poor and ended up long-winded. Much of the game took place in midfield, and opportunities were few and far between, especially as Mexico tried to park the bus and seemed content with a draw even after Provence's equaliser.

    Both Mexico and Provence fielded their best starting elevens mostly. However, Patrick Vieira, instead of Valerie Germain, brought on Bilal Boutobba on the right wing against the rather slow, but physically strong Mexican defence. Also, Nicòlo Barella, who had a breakout season at Inter Milan was preferred over Benjamin Andre.

    The game began wide open and it looked like another opening match of a World Cup with many goals and opportunities could be ahead. And indeed, chances for Mexico began early. Lloris already had to intervene against Hernandez's header (4') and Malang Sarr deflected an excellent shot by Rodolfo Pizarro (8'), even keeping the ball in play. In the 10th minute, Giovanni dos Santos outran Yassine Meriah. The cross to Javier Hernandez was deflected for a corner by Theo Hernandez.
    Jonathan dos Santos brought the corner into the box, and the Provençal defence left Javier Hernandez relatively unmarked. Theo Hernandez got outjumped and Hernandez could, relatively freely, head the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the 2020 AHFA World Cup! 1-0 to the hosts Mexico (10')!

    Provence's best chance up to this point had been a strike by Wahbi Khazri that went far wide of the goal (4'). But Provence seemed reinvigorated, and the Mexicans had their issues with the quick passing play. And thus, it was only a matter of time until Provence scored. It did come surprisingly quickly though, when Miguel Layún stopped Bilal Boutobba unfairly 20 metres in front of goal, centrally before the penalty box. Layún was correctly booked - it was not a professional foul as other defenders were around and Ajorque would not have been free to run on goal. But the foul earned the Provençal team a free kick. Mexican players expected an indirect free kick, i.e. a cross or pass, but Wahbi Khazri attempted it directly! And, to the shock of all Mexican defenders, it went into the back of the net! Possibly, Ochoa could have saved it, but this was not a mistake on the part of the goalkeeper, just a wonderful goal and a surprise move! 1-1 Wahbi Khazri (20')!

    Hopes rose high for a beautiful opening match, but it was not to be. Both Mexico and Provence seemed content with this draw, and until the half-time whistle blew, nothing much happened except for passing in the midfield. Provence made at least some half-hearted attempts at offensive play.

    And this was to continue in the second half: Mexico didn't do much anymore. On the other hand, Provence at least tried to use this to their advantage. Attempts by Khazri (50') and a header from Ajorque (55') posed no real danger to Ochoa, a cross from Boutobba was easily cleared by Hiram Mier. The only honestly dangerous move in the entire remainder of the game came from a superb run on the left wing. Stefano Sturaro passed the ball to Wahbi Khazri at just the right moment, and only a brilliant and fair tackle by Carlos Salcedo stopped Khazri from finishing this excellent move (65').

    Afterwards, even substitutions changed nothing. Both Mexico and Provence tried a few counterattacks, but the last 25 minutes of the game did not even see a single corner or a free kick from even a half-decent position. Celebration rose high, though, as the legendary Rafa Marquez was substituted in for the last minutes of the game and thus officially played at six World Cups, making this - the record of five was already jointly held by him together with Gianluigi Buffon, Antunas Sakarauskas and Przemyslaw Cziełmesz - a record all for himself.

    As the full-time whistle blew, several thousand fans, especially neutral ones, had already left the stadium and are now looking forward to better and higher-scoring matches in Guadalajara, Mérida and Veracruz.
     
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    2: Australia 2-Tibet 1
  • Centennial Field, Guadalajara
    Australia 2 - 1 Tibet
    Goals:

    '20: Arthur Tshering (Tibet)
    '30: Mark Posner (Australia)
    '74: Tristan Schuster

    Referee: Leonardo Guzmán (Mexico)

    A wonderful morning in Centennial Field, Guadalajara! The second match of the AHFA 2020 World Cup is mere minutes away from commencement. The game shall be contested between Australia and Tibet, two very different teams, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The odds are clear and overwhelming: everyone expects a crushing victory for the Australians. Easily the strongest competitor from the Pacific and East Asia, they expect an easy win against the team from Tibet.

    “We’re confident, yeah,” says Aussie goalkeeper, Mathew Ryan. “We’ve come here to earn a few points and get some experience, you know, for the tougher games ahead.”

    Not everyone, however, is that optimistic.

    “The Australian team will certainly face a very difficult match.” That’s Lawrence Kroft, commentator for ESPN. “It’s all about geography. Many of the stadiums, including Centennial Field, are at a particularly high altitude. The Australians will have a hard time coping with lessened oxygen levels, and that will impact their performance. The Tibetans, however, have an advantage: they’re used to the high altitudes, so they’ll be able to keep up their pace far better than their opponents. If they play their cards right at the later stages of the game, they might overcome whatever athletic disadvantage they have. One thing’s for sure: once they step on the field, the Aussies are in for a hell of a game.”

    And the game begins! The stadium goes into a frenzy as Mark Posner takes the ball. He passes it to Albert Perichon, then it's back to Posner. The Australians are pushing deep into the opposite side of the field; the Tibetans can hardly catch up. The ball flies; James Killy stops it with his chest… he’s just a few yards away from the goal. Tibet’s Jamyang Gyatso races forward. Killy tries to shake him off, but he runs straight into goalkeeper Dawa Wangchuk. He takes the ball. The Australian fans groan while the Tibetans sigh. An exciting start to the match!

    Minute '14: The Tibetans move into the Australian zone. Tenzin Gyeltshen miraculously intercepts a kick from goalkeeper Wangchuk, placing him in a prime position to score. He immediately turns towards the net and fires. It is by an act of heaven that the ball smashes into a pole and flies off into the bleachers. A heart-wrenching miss for sure.

    Minute '20: Goal! The unexpected occurs! Tenzin Gyeltshen rushes in and steals the ball from Mark Dally, sneaking behind the Australian lines. He manages to evade Bernard Cahill, as he punts the ball away. Arthur Tshering is in position to connect the ball into the Australian net with a phenomenal head hit. The score stands 1-0, Tibet leading.

    The first half is wearing off. A once commanding Australian team is feeling the burdening strain of wear and diminished oxygen levels. The Tibetans are slowly gaining on their adversaries; they are clearly not giving up. However, they’re still unable to reach the Australians’ net: every time they come close, the defense - particularly Mark Daley - swiftly regain the initiative and kick the ball out of the danger zone. As of minute ‘25, the score reads 1-0.

    Minute ‘30: Goal! Despite their drop in performance, the Australian team is not budging. After catching the ball, Ashley Kennedy and Mark Posner shoot into the Tibetan lines, moving past their defenses, and quickly coming within striking distance from the goal. Kennedy shoots, and Posner finishes the goal with a phenomenal bicycle kick. The score is tied, 1-1. The crowd is lively yet somewhat agitated, seeing how difficult the match is turning out to be.

    Minute ‘45: Half-time. Referee gives 0 extra minutes.

    It appears that Aussie coach Graham Arnold was quick to understand the current situation, for he has switched out his most tired players with fresh reinforcements. Mark Posner, Mark Daly and James Killy are supplanted by James Sheridan, Tristan Schuster, and Callum Vradick. Surprisingly, the Tibetans have opted not to change their players for this second half; it appears they still have energy in them.

    Minute '51: Australia's Armand de las Cuevas takes his chance at breaking the tie, launching forward from the center-field with the ball. He is followed closely by Callum Vradick; however, the latter runs into a Tibetan defensive player, leaving de la Cueva on his own as he takes aim and punts the ball away. However, he aimed too high, and so the ball slams into the upper pole. A close call for both teams.

    Minute ‘74: Goal! The stadium roars in excitement as Tristan Schuster, at his first ever World Cup appearance, catapults the ball into the upper-left corner of the Tibetan net, catching goalkeeper Dawa Wanghuck completely by surprise. Coach Lhamo Dhondup tried to contest the results, claiming that Schuster was clearly outside the field when he took the shot. Referee Leonardo Guzmán is unbudging: the score is fixed 2-1, Australia in the lead.

    Minute ‘79: The Tibetans muster whatever strength they have and move into the offensive. Adolf Topgyal, the youngest player in World Cup history, is able to move past James Sheridan, before passing the ball to Tenzin Gyeltshen. The pass isn’t spot-clean; Gyeltshen drifts to his left, and as he approaches the goal zone, his shot strays off right into the hands of Mathew Ryan. The Tibetans are spent!

    Despite their remarkable performance, the Tibetans are simply unable to compete with the Australians' superior strength. By rotating their squad, they were barely able to last through the game, although it was still a very demanding match. What was expected to be a smashing triumph for the Australians became a battle of attrition. Ultimately, it came down to strategic decisions from the coaches and the Australians' better preparation.

    Minute ‘90. Referee gives 5 extra minutes.

    The game is reduced to half-hearted passes between both teams, with occasional approaches from the Australians which either end in the ball leaving the field or the Tibetans retaking the ball. The Tibetan team is unchangingly dedicated by this point to preventing a more serious defeat. The results are clear, but the cost truly wasn’t: when the referee signals the end of the match, the Australian team falls to its knees in utter exhaustion.

    “We, uh… it was a tough match,” said Albert Tusveld, who played for the entirety of the 95 minutes. “I think we were overly confident… that’s how the first goal came. The altitude was also a shock. But in the end, we got our act together, so we’re happy for this victory.”

    Fans weren’t overjoyed. “I’m going to the hotel very disappointed,” said an Aussie attendee. “It’s Tibet, for crying out loud! Who even knew those guys existed? Everyone hoped we’d lick them up, 4-0 at a minimum. Tonight was definitely a let-down.”

    “It was a wake-up call,” said coach Arnold in the post-game press conference. “I, huh… I would like to congratulate the, erm… the Empire of Tibet for their display of athletic brilliance... and endurance. You certainly gave my boys a good match. Right about now, we’ll focus on training and… being prepared for our next match against Provence.”

    Following the tie between Mexico and Provence, Australia is now leading Group A, with Tibet dipping below the yet-untested Khemian team. The next match, Mexico vs. Khemia, will give the host a chance to take the leading spot, or risk missing out on the knockout stage.
     
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    3: Caribbean 2-Ragusa 0
  • EL NORTE
    Caribbean magic beats a relentless Ragusan defense
    The Brigadiers earn their first three points of the tournament

    Mérida, Yucatán. The opening match of Group B pitted current North American champion, the Federation of Caribbean Socialist Republics, against the Ragusan Republic, a team that managed to qualify to the World Cup for the second time after beating Bohemia in the European playoff during the last day of qualifiers. In what was close to be a one-sided affair, the Caribbean Federation beat the Ragusan Republic 2-0.

    The Caribbean team felt just at home at the San Ildefonso Arena in Mérida, as thousands of fans made their way across the Yucatán Channel to support their team and painted the stands white, blue and red. The few Ragusan fans in the stadium cheered their team until the last whistle blow, always hopeful that the Gospari would manage to make a comeback.

    Ragusan coach Stulli decided to forgo the offensive stance that characterised the team throughout the qualifiers in favor of a more defensive lineup, recognizing the danger posed by the deadly Caribbean forwards, benching creative brain Vachetti and Vukan Stojanović, who is coming from a very strong performance in the Macedonian league last season, where he scored 20 goals.

    On the other side of the pitch, Jorge Moreno deployed his whole arsenal, led by the Sterling-Colas-Bailey trident, with the clear intention of getting 3 points against one of the two weakest teams in the group before facing Asian powerhouse Iran and group favorite Leon-Castille.

    Just as sports commentators and pundits predicted beforehand, the match started with a marked Caribbean dominance of early actions, taking the ball and driving the Ragusans mad. At one point, during the first 10 minutes, possession came to be close to 90-10. It was during this time that the first opportunity presented to the Caribbean side: after a tackle by Mariappa near the midfield, Léger took the ball, opening wide to the left towards Bailey, who proceeded to make a terrific run along the line, dribbling three Ragusan players and crossing towards Sterling, whose header Mikalja barely managed to send over the crossbar.

    Despite the insistence of the Brigadiers attacks, the Ragusans didn’t break formation and managed to keep their goal safe from any danger. It wasn’t until minute 26 when a flash of brilliance brought the first goal home for FCSR side. In what seemed like a choreographed danced, Colas headed the ball after a goal kick by Phillipe towards Sterling, who, with a simple 180° turn left Fabris seeing ghosts, made a quick pass to Bailey who simply touched the ball forward in a diagonal, breaking the Ragusan defense so that Sterling, now alone against the goalkeeper only had to push the ball over Mikalja and celebrate the first goal of his team in the tournament.

    After this heartbreaking moment, the Ragusans didn’t change much their tactics, forming a solid block behind midfield with some shy attempts at counterattacks, but never risking too much, as Sterling at co. kept marauding around, looking for just one chance to sentence the match.

    With the first half over and Caribbean attacks decreasing in intensity, Stulli decided to take a risk by taking out Pozza, a more defense-oriented midfielder and putting Vachetti in his place, hoping that some magic would come up out of his boots and give his team the tie. At first, the change seemed to work, as Vachetti quickly took control of the action in midfield, pulling the strings of the Gospari all across the pitch. However, Sorgo was outnumbered and never managed to have a clean shot towards Phillipe’s goal.

    In order to counter Stulli’s move, Moreno took out Beauvais and sent Etienne, who was tasked with nullifying Vachetti and disrupt the Ragusan ball flow, which he did masterfully, as proved by Ragusa’s next change: Stojanović for Abramović at 75’, in an attempt to put more men in attacking positions.

    Nonetheless, things didn’t go as planned, as the first corner kick of Ragusa in the game spelled doom: with most players of the small Adriatic Republic up trying to send the ball to the back of the net, a timely header by Arcus turned into Sterling running like the devil for more than 60 meters, getting Bunić and Mikalja out of the way and simply pushing the ball for the second goal in his personal count at 82’.

    After the Caribbean’s second goal, Stulli decided to take a more careful approach, trying to avoid any more goals and sent Gondola instead of Fabris. Moreno, with the game very much under control, took Sterling out at 86’, to the mad applause of the fans in the stadium, with Molina taking his place.

    Later today León-Castille will face Iran at the Olympic Stadium in Veracruz, while Rhodesia won't see action until match day 2 next Wednesday, when they will play the Caribbean Federation at San Felipe Stadium in León, who will be looking to earn their second victory, while Ragusa will face León-Castile in Mexico City earlier that same day and Iran will have the day off.

    Lineups:
    Caribbean Federation:
    Phillipe, Arcus, De la Côte, Mariappa, Léger, Beauvais (Etienne 60’) Rubalcalba, Romero, Sterling (Molina 86’), Colas, Bailey
    Ragusa: Mikalja, Palmotić, Bunić, Saraka, Džamanjić, Ghetaldi, Fabris (Gondola 85’), Abramović (Stojanović, 75’), Pozza (Vachetti, 46’), Ranjina, Sorgo

    Goals:
    1-0 Raheem Sterling, 26'
    2-0 Raheem Sterling, 82'

    Yellow cards:
    Caribbean Federation:
    None
    Ragusa: Abramović, 64’

    Red cards:
    None
     
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    4: Leon-Castille 2-Iran 0
  • Iran vs. Leon-Castille

    CUÉLLAR: --- And Aspas is leaving the field. It looks like he is being substituted out for the second half... Kamoto is nodding... that's Yoshi Kamoto in blue, standing in for Domhnall O'Brien as referee this afternoon. Here comes David Villa off the bench for León and Castile. Eduardo, what do you make of this?

    KUÍPER: I'm not sure I agree with this choice. Aspas has been pretty hemmed in by the Lions--that's the Iranian Lions, not the Leonese--so far, so while he's been underperforming he hasn't really had to travel over too much of the field. If Aspas can get some more support from midfield in this second half, I think we'll see him making some big plays.

    CUÉLLAR: But we won't, because he's back on the bench.

    KUÍPER: That's right.

    SALGADO: There's the kickoff, Iran taking possession. Shojaei has kicked it to Gholizadeh, who's taking it forward up the right half of the field.

    CUÉLLAR: We haven't seen too much of this today, Iran having the ball. Mostly the Shiran have been on the defensive against the Lions.

    KUÍPER: That's the Lions of León you're talking about there. They were pretty heavy favorites heading into this game. It's to the Iranian Lions' credit that they've been able to hold the score to 0-0 so far.

    SALGADO: That's Kaveh Rostami with the ball now, driving toward the center, but José Fonte's right in front of him, and Diogo Jota--he's number 7, in black-- is coming in from the wing. Shojaei looks open.

    CUÉLLAR: Of course, the greatest part of that credit has to go to Payam Niazmand. The rest of the defense totally crumbled there in the 35th minute.

    SALGADO: But Rostami doesn't seem to see Shojaei. He's passed it back to Mehregan.

    KUÍPER: For once, I agree with you. Nine times out of ten, that would have been João Félix's first international goal. But Niazmand came in for the save right where he needed to.

    CUÉLLAR: In front of the goal.

    SALGADO: Omid Jamshidi passing it forward to... it looks like Adrakash-- I mean Adarkhurshid, but it's intercepted by Rodríguez. Ricardo Rodríguez deflected it to Thiago, no, Mehregan is there somehow, and he reclaims it for the Iranians. Shojaei has the ball.

    CUÉLLAR: How was there no offense there? Mehregan had to hit Thiago hard there to make that happen.

    KUÍPER: I think you have to pay attention to the right-of-way there. With that in mind, that was legal contact ---

    ...

    SALGADO: --- fifty-third minute at the Olympic Field of Veracruz. The score remains 0-0. Bruno Fernandes has the ball for León. Jamshidi's getting close... he passes it back to Diogo Jota. Jota back to Fernandes.

    CUÉLLAR: A lovely bit of misdirection there.

    KUÍPER: But not enough. The Lions are still covering Villa.

    SALGADO: Passing back to Jota again--no, to Félix!

    CUÉLLAR: João Félix has the ball! Zartoshti's in front of him--he dodges--he shoots!

    KUÍPER: Up into the top of the goal! Niazmand can't reach!

    CUÉLLAR: Lions score!

    SALGADO: That's a goal for León and Castille in the fifty-fourth minute, against Iran. The score is now 1-0.

    CUÉLLAR: A stunning goal for the young ---

    ...

    KUÍPER: --- surprisingly clean game so far.

    CUÉLLAR: Really, it's that the referees have been more lenient than you'd expect.

    KUÍPER: I have not seen a single judgment I disagree with.

    SALGADO: Zartoshti throws the ball back into play. Gholizadeh takes it. He's heading up the field carefully. Suárez approaching. Gholizadeh passes back to Mehregan.

    CUÉLLAR: What is Suárez doing there?

    KUÍPER: He's putting pressure on the attackers.

    CUÉLLAR: Oh, now I see. He's just a little ahead of the formation.

    SALGADO: Shojaei passing it to Rostami. Fernandes is in a bit of an aggressive position there. Rostami falls back.

    CUÉLLAR: The Iranians are handling this possession gracefully, but they're down by a goal. They have to take a shot sometime.

    KUÍPER: I think that shot is coming soon. See how Azmoun and Adarkhushid are moving forward to support each other?

    CUÉLLAR: They'd better be careful, or they might end up offside.

    SALGADO: Shojaei dribbling forward. Passes it to Adara-- Adrash-- number 10 in red. And Rostami is almost in front of the goal. He gets a pass and shoots!

    KUÍPER: And the goalkeeper blocks it!

    SALGADO: Right. Rubén Blanco had his hands up, but the ball actually bounced off his head, then scraped the right goalpost on its way out of bounds.

    CUÉLLAR: Guerreiro was almost in position to block that last pass. If it had gone in I'd definitely be wishing I were a little bit faster if I were him.

    KUÍPER: There's still a chance that Iran scores here. They're setting up for a corner kick.

    CUÉLLAR: Let's see how that goes.

    SALGADO: Mehran Shojaei taking the corner kick himself. There he goes... straight to Jamshidi, who kicks it to Azmoun, right at the box. Sardar Azmoun shoots and the ball goes over the goal. León will regain possession.

    CUÉLLAR: He had to take that shot. Any later and the Lions would have reformed an effective defense. It was just a little too high.

    KUÍPER: Now ---

    ...

    SALGADO: --- straight to Suárez, who takes it upfield.

    CUÉLLAR: Did you know Blanco and Suárez are teammates in the Leonese national league?

    KUÍPER: Yes, but even if I didn't I could tell by their chemistry together.

    CUÉLLAR: Really, the whole Leonese side is showing great chemistry this match.

    KUÍPER: For those of you just joining us, we're in Veracruz for the AHFA World Cup. Olympic Field is hosting an excellent match this afternoon pitting León and Castile against the Iranian Lions.

    CUÉLLAR: The Lions, playing in black, currently lead Iran one goal to zero, but the Shiran have put up a great fight, especially on defense. Their goalkeeper, Payam Niazmand, has already made two incredible saves, one in the thirty-fifth minute and one in the sixty-eighth.

    KUÍPER: He'd better be able to pull off another one. Look at Félix go!

    SALGADO: That's João Félix with the ball, already amongst the Iranian defenders. He passes it to Lucas Vázquez.

    CUÉLLAR: That pass went right between Mehrani's legs!

    SALGADO: Vázquez to Fernandes. Fernandes shoots.

    KUÍPER: Fernandes has been struggling to shoot on target today but not right now! Fernandes scores!

    SALGADO: It's the seventy-sixth minute. Bruno Fernandes has just scored for Leon and Castile, bringing the score to 2-0 over Iran.

    CUÉLLAR: Honestly, I don't see Iran coming back from this. All the Leonese have to do is play it safe ---

    ...

    FINAL SCORE:
    León and Castile 2 (54' Félix, 76' Fernandes) - Iran 0
     
    5: Freedonia 1-Venice 1
  • Match Day: Freedonia vs Venice
    Libertadores Stadium, Acapulco
    Attendance: 48,598

    Rosters:
    Freedonia:
    Beauvoir
    W.Mahoi (White 65')
    Soro
    Tubman
    Davis (Harris 74')
    J.Mahoi
    B.Hamilton (McDonald 84')
    St.Clair
    Lahai
    Coleman
    Docteur


    Venice:
    Vianello
    Scarpa
    Kapodistrias
    71'
    Rizzo
    Tiozzo
    34' (Rossi 49')
    Ballarin
    Liveralis (Moustaki 77')
    Tiepolo
    Budinic
    Marulic (Lorenzon 77')
    Dal Corso


    Summary

    0' And here we go with the start of Group C in Acapulco ! Freedonia and Venice duke it out in this first game.

    5' No team manages to get a hold on the ball in each other's 25 meter line. Both teams are battling for control of the midfield

    7' Coleman delivers a ball to Lahai but his attempt goes wide

    12' Big chance for Freedonia ! Venice have been on the back foot and a good run by Ben Hamilton in the Venetian defense leaves Scarpa seeing stars ! Thankfully Vianello is on the trajectory and stops the ball from going into the net.

    20' GOAL ! Venice have been completely routed ! A foul by Ballarin 22m from goal gives Freedonia a free kick. St.Clair steps up to take it and sends the ball into the top right corner of the net where Vianello cannot stop it ! 1-0 Freedonia.


    28' First sign of life from Venice, Tiepolo hangs onto the ball but his strike is deviated by Soro. The corner gives nothing.

    34' First booking of the day and its for Sebastiano Tiozzo, with a nasty tackle onto Ben Hamilton, totally warranted.

    37' More worrying shots for Venice. St.Clair finds Docteur alone in the box, but the striker cannot find goal or even a shot on target for that matter. The ball goes wide and Venice breathe a sigh of relief.

    42' Another sign of life from Venice. Dal Corso plays with the Freedonian defense, and is brought down. The free kick is well kicked by Tiepolo but gives no results.

    45' Half-Time, Venice have some control of the ball but cannot transform it into any clear occasions. Freedonia hold firm and lead 1-0.

    49' First substitution of the game, Domenico Rossi takes Sebastiano Tiozzo's spot on the field for Venice

    53' Venice have started to play the game. Ben Hamilton hasn't touched a ball yet.

    65' First substitution for Freedonia, Washington Mahoi comes off, Rodney White comes on

    69' Free kick for Freedonia, but St.Clairs attempt goes into the sky

    71' Frustration for Venice starts to show, and stupid mistakes are made. Kapodistrias tugs on the shirt of Lahai and is booked for it.

    74' Another change for Freedonia. William Davis comes off while Ptolemy Harris is on

    76' Ben Hamilton is brought down in the box, but upon VAR review, the no penalty is given as he was offside in the first place.

    77' Corner kick for Venice, who takes this opportunity to make their last two substitutions. Francesco Liveralis and Giovanni Marulic are off, while Ludovico Moustaki and Pietro Lorenzon are on.

    78' GOAL for Venice ! Great coaching by Brunetti ! The corner kick is taken by Dal Corso who delivers the ball perfectly into the box where Lorenzon makes a defiant header that leaves Beauvoir unable to do anything ! 1-1 !

    84' Last substitution for Freedonia, captain Ben Hamilton is off, replaced by Bob McDonald.

    90+1' Big chance for Freedonia ! A corner kick is well taken by St.Clair who delivers to Soro. The young defender misses the target and instead sends the ball to Henry Clay Lahai, who attempts a huge strike which hits the post !

    90+3' Venice attempt their own last minute strike but Dal Corso loses the ball as he tries dribbling White.

    90+5' End of the match ! Both teams leave on a draw in a rather action-lacking match. Venice will be disappointed with their performance today, more was expected of them.

    Freedonia 1 - 1 Venice
    St.Clair 20'​
    Lorenzon 78'​


    Stats:
    Shots on Target: 3 - 1
    Possession: 50 - 50
    Yellow Cards: 0 - 2
    Red Cards: 0 - 0
    Man of the Match: Judah Soro (Freedonia)
     
    7: New England 2-CSA 0
  • Hello, and welcome everyone to this interactive live report on thatsfootball.com !
    Today takes place, in the Monterrey Grand Stadium, a high stake match between two rival nations of Northern America : the Commonwealth of New England and the Confederate States of America. We know there’s been a lot of history between these two nations, but the time of the Civil War is well over, and the two nations are even cooperating in some fields, with for example the joint North American Spatial Agency.

    Let’s get back to football, we expect to see a very disputed match, between two teams that know each other very well as they battled several times in the Qualifiers. It’s gonna be nice. Or not. At least, something will happen!

    The Monterrey Grand Stadium is full today, with more than 85.000 fans that seem to be equally shared between the two nations. Amazing!

    For the squads, Rick Osbourne, the coach of New England opted for a classic 4-4-2 with Matthew Daniels instead of Placido Santos on the right wing, and an attacking duo Donny Lamon-Leandro Berne. Curtis Gray is sick, and Chester McGill still didn’t recover fully from his ankle twist.
    Starting XI :

    O’Gorman

    McDonald-Girard-Neville-Mendes

    Gladwyn-Gardener-Passerini-Daniels

    Lamon-Berne


    On the other side, Pierre-Gustave Toulant keeps the same starting squad as during the Qualifiers, organized in a 3-4-3 :

    Martinez

    Stuart V-Joad-James

    Samuelson-Hayward-Gracie-Lee

    Lee-Johnson Jr-Gracie


    The fans of the Yankees brought a sign saying “Gray>Gracie”. Well for sure it’s not “Gray>traveler's dysentery”.

    The artists make their entrance in the Stadium, John Samuelson too.

    1’ – And it’s OOOOOOOON !!!!

    2’ – Gladwyn already rolls on the ground. Get up, boy!

    3’ – The CSA fans are singing loud. Not beautifully, but it’s loud.

    5’ – Tom McDonald still hasn’t failed any backward passing…

    7’ – Gladwyn again on the ground. If you don’t wanna play, just say it! He hurt his shoulder all by himself while rolling on the ground…

    10’ – Could they please succeed more than 2 passes?

    11’ – It seems the Yankees have decided to keep the possession of the ball today.

    13’ - @MaximusVargas Yes I was thinking the same. They talk a lot.

    14’ – Regarding the atmosphere, it’s comparable with a 3rd League match. Regarding the level displayed on the field too.

    15’ – Jean-Claude Girard is locking down Thomas Gracie. Why? Because he is proactively defending, whispers me my colleague Andrea Domi.

    16’ – Yellow card for Thomas Gracie, who lost the ball to Passerini and didn’t like it.

    17’ – First corner kick for New England. But Gladwyn screwed it.

    18’ – Let’s play: who will be the first scorer ? I bet on Jean-Claude Girard. You?

    19’ – And the first shot of the match is for Charles Lee… who missed his volley. First warning for New England on the Rebs’ counter-attack.

    21’ – Amazing tackle from Girard against Thomas Gracie, at the last moment before his attempt!

    23’ – Ok, there’s not much, but just for the sake of the dribble, it deserved at least a free kick.

    24’ – WHAT A SAVE FROM SHAUN MARTINEZ! Nice shot from Leandro Berne!

    25’ – New England fans seems to have awaken from their nap with that shot from Berne.

    28’ – The match started to be a bit more interesting, give me some action!

    30’ – You gotta start defending Gladwyn.

    31’ – Free kick for New England. Matthew Daniels sends the ball in the box, but the Confederate defense is sovereign.

    32’ – I want to see a free kick like the one of Khazri against the Mexicans!

    34’ - GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL

    GLADWYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYN

    1-0 !!

    Perfect corner kick from Matthew Daniels, reaching Mark Gladwyn completely alone in the middle of the box after having escaped the marking from JEB Stuart!

    35’ – Gladwyn celebrates and hugs with all his teammates, then sits on the ground, and mimic a kind of Zen Buddhist attitude.

    39’ – I hope they’re not gonna just try to defend this 1-0 now…

    40’ - @futcheballover : I let you Google Mexico-Provence Khazri. You won’t regret it.

    41’ – Interesting free kick for the CSA. Charles Lee will shoot it.

    42’ – Nice shoot under the bar, but it’s in the hands of Conan O’Gorman! Charles Lee seems ready for this match.

    43’ – New attempt from Charles Lee, but it’s again saved by O’Gorman.

    44’ – Chester McGill shouting consigns to his teammates from his seating. Is he the one who told the Yankees to sit back?

    45’ - Gladwyn seems to actually be still hurting from the shoulder. Well, he did the job already, he can rest now.

    45+1’ - OH! Thomas Gracie slapped Chris Neville! That should be yellow! Ok, well, Neville is dramatizing.

    45+2’ - Referee blows the half-time!

    1-0 for New England against CSA, but we know New England is not the best at keeping the score, so anything’s possible. Looking forward for the reaction of CSA! I’ll go stretch my legs and we’ll be back in 15 minutes for an exciting second half (hopefully).

    46’ - AND IT’S BACK!

    47’ – No substitutions on both sides during the break.

    48’ – We didn’t see Hayward during the whole match… I just remembered he was on the field.

    50’ – François Arnaud is warming up.

    52’ – I’m amazed by Girard’s level today!

    54’ – WHAT A SHOOT! Matthew Daniels kicked a direct free-kick, but it’s saved by Shaun Martinez!

    57’ - @Bobthefire I have no idea what you mean! Ahah!

    60’ – Yellow card for Tom Joad who retains Leandro Berne as he was making his way alone to the goal! He was last defender! But it was 60 meters away from the goal also.

    61’ – For my CSA followers who still use outdated units of measurement, 60 meters equals 65 yards.

    63’ – Finally a good match from Alex Gardener in 2020.

    65’ – Substitution for New England: François Arnaud in, Donny Lamon out. He did the job, but nothing more. 6/10.

    66’ – Arnaud is entering mainly to better exploit counter-attacks for New England. His speed can make the difference if he can enjoy lots of space. But it’s also more dangerous for the Yankees as he defends less than Lamon.

    67’ – And well, I’ve never seen Gladwyn defending so much.

    68’ – Yellow card for Tom McDonald, after a too rough tackle.

    69’ - Substitution for the CSA : Samuel Lee out, Peter Mayhew in. Samuel Lee has been invisible today. 2/10

    71’ – Second substitution for CSA: John Carter IV enters in place of Peter Hayward. Another ghost leaves the field. 1/10

    73’ – OH! Nice shot from Peter Mayhew for his first ball, a few centimeters away from the post.

    74’ – New England is now in all-defense mode.

    77’ – Another nice shot of Peter Mayhew! This times it was touched by Chris Neville and a corner kick will follow.

    78’ – Pierre-Gustave Toulant must regret that he didn’t choose Peter Mayhew to start the match. Corner kick saved by the defense of New England.

    79’ – Matthew Daniels falls on the ground. He suffers from cramps.

    80’ – Second substitution for New England: Placido Santos enters, Matthew Daniels leaves with the medical staff. He delivered an assist today, and was quite dangerous especially on free kicks. 8/10.

    80’ – Good entrance from Arnaud, who failed absolutely everything he tried.

    83’ – You wonder why Gladwyn and Santos are not permutating? Cause just imagining Santos on his right foot gives me nightmares…

    86’ – GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL

    TOM MACDONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALD

    2-0!!!

    Nice collective action of New England, François Arnaud crosses right in the middle of the box, and Tom McDonald only lightly touches the ball, but it’s enough to end in the goal!

    86’ : Third substitution for CSA : Midfielder John Samuelson leaves and is replaced by Robert Ross who is a forward. CSA plays all-in offensive now!

    87’ – Just looking at Leandro Berne running all across the field to press against the Rebs give me cramps!

    88’ – OH THE FIGHT!!!! It’s very confuse to say who did what!

    89’ – Yellow card for Robert Gracie who pushed Mark Gladwyn.

    89’ – Yellow card for Mark Gladwyn who pushed Robert Gracie. Yeah, it’s 50-50 here.

    89’ – Yellow card for Chris Neville who pushed everyone.

    90’ – It seems Matthew Daniels also was booked a yellow card, while he’s on the bench!

    90’ – Referee gives 5 minutes extra time.

    91’ – Third substitution for New England: Colin Tracey replaces Kane Passerini, who bullied the CSA midfield into submission. 7/10

    93’ – Yellow card for François Arnaud, who kicked the ball away to gain time.

    95’ – AND IT’S OVER !!!!
    New England win their first match in this World Cup against CSA! CSA tried their best coming back into the game after the opening goal of New England, but their forwards were not successful, and New England’s defense was admirable, especially center-back Jean-Claude Girard. CSA needs to find a solution quick, because they will face the two top teams of the group in their next matches. We can only wonder why Peter Mayhew was not part of the starting XI. Probably some football nerds are imagining how an alternate match with him starting would have looked!
    As for New England, they can confidently look forward to their next match where they are expected to gather victory points against Madagascar, and be in a favorable position when come the time of the match against the Celtic Union.


    New England 2-0 CSA
    (Gladwyn 34’, McDonald 86’)
     
    8: Antarctique 1-Celtic Union 0
  • Celtica (Free Celtic Republic)
    Squad (23 members) - Normal Starting 11 in bold and Club
    Goalkeeper:
    01 Lachlann MacGilleBhrath (Mirin Naofa) St Mirren
    12 Oisean MacCearnaigh (Cumann Peile Boitheamaigh) Bohemians
    23 Padraig Boid (Cheilteach) Celtic
    Defenders:
    02 Iosaph MacUilleim (Cheilteach) Celtic
    03 Anndra MacRaibeirt (Liverpool)
    05 Fearghas Moireasdan (Beal Feirste) Belfast FC
    06 Domhnall MacIomhair (An t-Sron Reamhar) Stranraer
    14 Gordan MacIosaig (Baile Glaschu) Glasgow City
    15 Seamus O’Ceallaigh (Peile Chathair Chorcai) Cork City
    16 Uisdean Caidh (Inbhir Lochaidh) Inverlochy (otl Fort William)
    Midfielders:
    04 Murchadh O’Donnagain (Cumann Peile Boitheamaigh) Bohemians
    07 Connor MacGeidigh (Liverpool)
    08 Tearlach MacDomhnullach (Baile Dun Eideann) Edinburgh City
    10 Tomaidh MacMheinn (Cheilteach) Celtic
    17 Eirdsidh MacPhaildein (Beal Feirste) Belfast FC
    18 Cian MacIomaire (Inbhir Aora) Inverary
    19 Ruairidh MacCeitinn (Mirin Naofa) St Mirren
    20 Aaron Sutharlainn (Obar Dheathain) Aberdenn
    Forwards:
    09 Daibhidh MacPhoil (Mirin Naofa) St Mirren
    11 Dughlas Fearghasdan (Cumman Peile Boitheamaigh) Bohemians
    21 Manus MacGilleBhrath (Inbhir Nis) Inverness
    22 Pol Dughlasach (Peile Ruagairi na Seamroige) Shamrock Rovers
    23 Ailig MacSual (Sruighlea) Stirling
    Starting 11:
    Goalkeeper: Lachlann MacGilleBhrath (01)
    Defenders: Iosaph MacUilleim (02), Anndra MacRaibeirt (03), Fearghas Moireasdan (05) and Domhnall Maclomhair (06)
    Midfielders: Murchadh O'Donnagain (04), Connor MacGeidigh (07), Tearlach MacDomhnullach (08) and Tomaidh MacMheinn (10)
    Forwards: Daibhidh MacPhoil (09) and Dughlas Fearghasdan (11)
    Antarctique:
    Goalkeepers:
    1. Alcide Becker (27, Liverpool)
    16. Fernand Muselier (33, Galatasaray)
    23. Serge Romeyer (33, Manchester United)
    Defenders:
    2. Gabriel Marchand (RB, 33, Al-Rayyan)
    3. Jacques Laxalt (LB, 27, AC Milan)
    4. Jacques Godin (C) (CB, 34, Internazionale)
    5. Joseph Simon (CB, 25, Atlético Madrid)
    12. Nicolas Autemande (CB, 32, Manchester City)
    13. Alexandre Tellès (LB, 27, Porto)
    14. Gaulthier Kannemann (CB, 29, Guilde de Port Alègre)
    15. Emmanuel Maman (CB, 24, Zenit)
    Midfielders:
    6. Léandre Pariède (CM, 25, Paris Saint-Germain)
    7. Mathias Vexin (CM, 28, Internazionale)
    16. Rodéric Bétancourt (CM, 22, Juventus)
    17. Lucas Thorez (CM, 24, Arsenal)
    18. Jean Le Cel (CM, 23, Tottenham)
    Forwards:
    8. Ange De Marie (RW, 32, Paris Saint-Germain)
    9. Edouard Chavanne (ST, 33, Paris Saint-Germain)
    10. Lionel Messie (LW, 32, FC Barcelona)
    11. Louis Souaret (ST, 33, FC Barcelona)
    19. Maurice Picard (ST, 27, Paris Saint-Germain)
    20. Serge Aguerre (ST, 31, Manchester City)
    21. Paul Dybala (ST, 26, Juventus)
    22. Douglas Lacoste (LW, 29, Juventus)
    Starting 11:
    Goalkeepers:
    1. Alcide Becker (27, Liverpool)
    Defenders:
    2. Gabriel Marchand (RB, 33, Al-Rayyan)
    3. Jacques Laxalt (LB, 27, AC Milan)
    4. Jacques Godin (C) (CB, 34, Internazionale)
    5. Joseph Simon (CB, 25, Atlético Madrid)
    Midfielders:
    6. Léandre Pariède (CM, 25, Paris Saint-Germain)
    7. Mathias Vexin (CM, 28, Internazionale)
    Forwards:
    8. Ange De Marie (RW, 32, Paris Saint-Germain)
    9. Edouard Chavanne (ST, 33, Paris Saint-Germain)
    10. Lionel Messie (LW, 32, FC Barcelona)
    11. Louis Souaret (ST, 33, FC Barcelona)

    Celtic Union lose to Antarctique after an 60th minute goal

    FIRST HALF
    4' An foul sees Joseph Simon booked after fouling Dughlas Feargashdan.
    9' Louis Souaret takes a shot but Lachlann MacGilleBhrath saves it wonderfully
    26' Louis Souaret takes a good shot but Lachlann MacGilleBhrath saves it.... again!
    (The referee signals a 3 minute added time)
    45+2' Joseph Simon is now sent off after a very bad tackle on Dughlas Fearghasdan.
    HALF TIME
    SECOND HALF
    47' A substitution is made with Jacques Loxalt going off for Gabriel Marchand who comes on.
    60' Lionel Messie scores! A overhead kick is just an wonderful and very good achievement! It went for the net in the top left corner and Lachlann MacGilleBhrath fails to make the third save!
    CELTIC UNION 0-1 ANTARCTIQUE
    76' Lionel Messie makes a shot and is saved for the third time by Lachlann MacGilleBhrath…. Will we see a second goal by him?
    The Referee makes up a mind of having 4 minutes added time, but the time is to come!
    90+3' Ange De Marie fails to have the side as he makes an fail which goes over the bar....
     
    10: Transylvania 3-Canada 2
  • from pilkarski.mm
    Canada

    Coach: Augustus O'Malley

    Lineup:

    John Tremblay

    Terry Tremel
    John O'Rourke
    Peter O'Malley
    James McKenzie

    Peter Disney (60' Walt Connack)
    Thomas Moore

    Peter Roger
    Howard Riel
    Thomas Riel
    John Merris (76' Edward Random)

    Transylvania

    Coach:
    Cosmin Contra

    Lineup:

    Miklós Kapolcs

    Fülöp Péter
    Imre Simon
    Florentin Kogalniceaunu
    Zsolt Apród

    György Halász
    (77' Antonio Torje) Kerekes Dezső
    Emmerich Landau
    Arsenie Bârladeanu

    (88. Walther Nostitz) Rajmund Gulyás
    (65' Cretu Horasiu) István Kende

    Canada 2 - 3 Transylvania

    Goals:
    0-1 Deszȫ Kerekes (30')
    1-1 Thomas Moore (44')
    1-2 György Halász (54')
    1-3 Emmerich Landau (76')
    2-3 Edward Random (86')


    Referee: Qasim Kimsanov (Turkestan) - Grade E:
    Only VAR intervention led to the 1-3 for Transylvania being allowed (no offside position by Dezsȫ Kerekes) and to the penalty being revoked (diving by Gulyás, 59'). Booking O'Rourke was exaggerated (15'), though O'Rouke should have been shown a second yellow card (53', foul against Bārladeanu) later on.

    Both Canada and Transylvania fielded most of their best starting elevens. However, instead of the usual 4-5-1, Transylvania's coach Cosmin Contra fielded a second striker with young István Kende (third appearance for the national team).
    Most of the fans here in Mazatlán are Canada supporters, however many neutral Mexican supporters lean towards Transylvania. This is the infamous Mexico-Canada rivalry showing again...

    At first, it took some sussing out for both teams and few dangerous situations arose. A first moderately dangerous situation was created - to the delight of the crowd of Canadian supporters - by their own team, however, the shot from the centre by Howard Riel was no problem for Miklós Kapolcs (14'). And Transylvania began to press earlier now. Dezsȫ Kerekes on the left wing suddenly outpaced Terry Tremel, however, the cross into the penalty area, where István Kende would have been free, for now was stopped by O'Rourke's fair tackle. But the referee blew the whistl, awarded a free kick to Transyvania and booked O'Rourke.
    The resultant free kick however proved harmless - Kerekes just hit the wall of Canadian players and O'Malley managed to keep the ball in play.

    But Transylvania got the upper hand more and more. It was only a question of time until they scored a goal or at least fired off a very dangerous shot. John Tremblay had to intervene for the first time when, in midfield, Deszȫ Kerekes switched sides to the free Emmerich Landau. He went down the right wing and dribbled into the centre - Tremblay barely managed to deflect the shot (26') and saved! Just three minutes later, it was the other way round. Emmerich Landau, under pressure by James McKenzie, passed across the whole field. Bārladeanu let the ball go through to Kerekes, who easily outpaced Terry Tremel. On his way to the centre, O'Rourke was left to tackle into empty space, and Kerekes shot nine metres in front of the goal! The ball easily found the back of the net! 0-1 Deszȫ Kerekes (30')!

    Transylvania kept their offence up, and the Canadian defence had to clear several situations up: McKenzie successfully tackled Landau (35'), Tremblay saved an attempt by Gulyás (39') and picked up the ball just before Kende could head it into the back of the net (41'). Canada was mostly reduced to counterattacks - but they were to recieve "help". Tremel and McKenzie, supported by Moore, ran forward. McKenzie ran with the ball more than 50 metres, evading Fülȫp and outpacing Kogalniceaunu who tried to help out.
    And this was to prove costly: McKenzie's shot might have been harmless, but Miklós Kapolcs only managed to deflect the shot instead of picking the ball up. And he deflected it towards the centre. Normally, the Transylvanian defence would have cleared it, however, defenders were lacking as Koganiceaunu and Fülȫp had not repositioned towards the centre. And so it was Thomas Moore who got to the ball fastest. He finished with a fast volley into the upper left corner of the goal! Clearly, the goalkeeper takes the blame here! 1-1 Thomas Moore (44')!

    The referee blew the half-time whistle without any team having come even close to scoring.
    But after play was restarted, Transylvania quickly assumed control again as they had done before half-time. Shots by Kende (47') and a header by Kogalniceaunu after Deszȫ Kerekes had brought in a corner (48') were saved by Tremblay, while Bārladeanu's attempt was luckilly deflected by McKenzie. Actually, Bărdaleanu had been fouled by O'Rourke who thus should have been sent off. The attempt thus went wide of the goal.
    Another corner was the consequence. And while the first corner proved harmless as Tremblay deflected the ball for another corner, and the same applied to the second corner, the third successive corner was brought in perfectly by Kerekes - onto the head of György Halász. Halász perfectly headed the ball into the back of the net, not even outjumping anyone as Disney nearly remained static! 1-2 György Halász (54')!

    Not much happened beyond midfield for the next quarter of an hour, with Transylvania still being more active in search of the third goal and Canda resorting to counterattacks. Cosmin Contra also showed his intent to "administer" the result with substituting defensive midfielder Cretu Horasiu for striker István Kende. But just as Canada was becoming more dangerous and offence-minded (Howard Riel's shot in the 71st minute was comfortably saved by Kapolcs), Transylvania exploited their weaknesses - and they mostly concerned speed and pace. Cretu Horasiu took the ball of Thomas Moore, passing to Zsolt Apród. He played a throughball up his own wing to Emmerich Landau. And Landau played one-two with Rajmund Gulyás. From a difficult angle, it was Emmerich Landau who put the ball into the right corner! Possibly, Tremblay could have saved the shot...! 1-3 Emmerich Landau (76')!

    Now, Transylvania looked like the sure winner of this match. Canada's morale had been broken, but they did not give up at least attempting counterattacks. And Augustus O'Malley had brought on another forward in Edward Random and a more offence-minded midfielder in Walt Connack.
    Transylvania put no more effort than necessary, however, this made them somewhat vulnerable to counterattacks, especially so as the fast Kerekes was substituted out for Antonio Torje. And indeed, it was Torje who got outrun by Thomas Riel. Riel crossed into the box, onto Random's foot, and Edward Random easily scored! 2-3 Edward Random (88')!

    This goal, however, came too late to change anything, despite another dangerous shot by Random - Kapolcs saved it for a corner, which proved harmless (90+3').
    Transylvania got off with all three points and, together with Sao Paulo, can soon gain a possibly decisive advantage already in their match against Novorossiya, while Canada will not intervene again until matchday 3 - and then, the Maple Leaves could already be under enormous pressure to win to have any chance of advancing into the knockout stage...
     
    12: France 1-Macedonia 0
  • FRENCH NATIONAL UNION VS. MACEDONIAN EMPIRE
    CORTÉS STADIUM, CABO SAN LUCAS

    P: Good afternoon and welcome to a new game of the 2020 World Cup. My name is Pablo Cervantes and together with my partner Carla Schulenburg we are happy to be with you today from sunny Cabo San Lucas, where today France and Macedonia will face each other in a rematch of that exciting semifinal in 1996, where the Macedonians surprised everyone by reaching that instance, but ultimately lost against the French.

    C: Thank you very much, Pablo, it is a pleasure to be with all of you in this match that has effectively reminded many of that game in which Zinedine Zidane established himself as one of the best in the world. However, today things look very different, with a French team full of stars, a combination of young players and veterans, and definitely one of the favorites to take the title this year, while Macedonia is going through a generational change that made them miss the last two editions of the World Cup.

    P: Hopefully it will be a good game, which will start in 10 more minutes, while the anthem ceremony will begin in 5. Today we have the honor of having the presence of the Duke of Oaxaca, Agustín Hapbsburg, uncle of the current emperor and one of the main promoters of Mexico's candidacy to host this World Cup.

    C: And the opening ceremony begins, let us respectfully listen to the national anthems of the French National Union and the Macedonian Empire.

    P: There is loud applause from fans at the stadium, including a large group of French and Macedonians who are trying to be louder than their rivals.

    0 ’ And we start! Da Costa passes the ball back to Wijnaldum, who quickly begins to advance into enemy territory, with his teammates spreading out across the field.

    10’ The French pressure is felt on all the lines of play of the Balkan squad, or is it an Anatolian squad? Whatever the case, they need to pay attention to every move they make, unless they want one of the three Mbappés in the opposing team to score.

    15’ First dangerous approach by the French: Hakimi escapes on the right wing, crossing the ball towards da Costa, whose header goes far up. He shouldn't have jumped that much before heading.

    23 ’ What a shot! Kylian Mbappé cuts from the right side towards the center and takes a left-footed shot that Saveski sends to a corner kick with his fingernails. If that ball had gone two centimeters higher we would be talking about the first goal of the afternoon.

    26’
    Ionski cleans the field with a break on Wijnaldum and sends a filtered pass to Kuber, who is about to shoot, but a very timely sweep by van Dijk ends the Macedonian attack.

    30’ After half an hour of play French domination is evident, but their attack has been nullified by the Macedonians, who are not risking anything, clearly trying to get away with a draw and try to get enough points to go on to the next round in their remaining three games.

    42' France wants to close the first half with the advantage and launches an offensive again, this time coordinating an attack in the middle with Napoleon Mbappé sending a filtered pass to Da Costa, who shoots, but the ball crashes into the goalkeeper and goes out with a corner kick awarded.

    46 ’+2
    The first half is over! 45 minutes without many emotions in which France had two clear options, while Macedonia is still determined not to go beyond their side of the field and defend until the 90th minute arrives.

    50 ’ First change of the game, Ionski is replaced by Popov, a more defense-oriented player, in a clear sign that Macedonia will not change its approach in this second half.

    56’ Van Dijk leaves the field and is replaced by Agoume, who will try to find the combination to break the Macedonian lock.

    60’ Hakimi sweep against Kuber!, who wanted to leave the French defender behind to face Donarumma. The referee signals a free kick on the edge of the box and shows a yellow card to the defender of the Méditeranée Marseille. Dardan will be in charge of taking the shot, in what could be the Sunbursts' clearest option of the game.

    61’
    Dardan crashes his shot into the wall and the ball goes out for a throw-in for Macedonia.

    63' Macedonia's second change: it seems that Kuber cannot continue after Hakimi's sweep and will be replaced by Lukić, who will occupy the same position.

    70’ Corner shot in favor of Macedonia. The kick of Pellas is bad and goes directly into the hands of the French goalkeeper.

    74' New attempt by France! Starting from his own field, Hernandez runs the entire left wing and crosses the ball to Mbappé, who is waiting in the center. However, the cross is a bad gone and goes long to the other side of the court.

    76’ Last change for Macedonia: Attikaski leaves for Limnios. Obviously Siovas wants to park the bus for the last 15 minutes of the game.

    81’ It looks like Macedonia is going to get away with it and will get the 0-0 draw they have looking for the whole game. Wait a moment! The referee signals a free kick after a tackle by Limnios on Da Costa. Brašković, an expert in these situations, will take the shot.

    82 ’GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Nothing to do for Saveski. A masterful free kick from Brašković, who places the ball on the angle, where the spiders weave their nests. No one could have stopped that shot. France's patience is rewarded and they go up 1-0.


    85 ’Macedonia is now trying desperately to launch attack after attack but without much success. France's defense is almost as good as its attack and its discipline disarms any attempt by the rival to reach their goal.

    89 ’Change for France: Camavinga for Brašković who, with his masterful goal, is giving his team the victory.

    90 ’+3 End of the game! France takes its first three points despite the heroic defense of the Macedonians, who now will have to go against the current for the rest of the tournament. We are Pablo Cervantes and Carla Schulenburg, thank you very much for joining us and see you next time.

    FRENCH NATIONAL UNION 1-0 MACEDONIAN EMPIRE
    Brašković 82'

    Lineups:
    France: Donnarumma, Hermandez, Mbappé, Van Dijk (Agoume, 56'), Hakimi, Mbappé, Wijnaldum, Brašković (Camavinga, 89'), Mané, Mbappé, da Costa

    Macedonia: Saveski, Trajkovski, Aleksov, Solun, Pellas, Spasovski, Attikaski (Limnios, 75'), Ionski (Popov 50'), Dardan, Kuber (Lukić, 63'), Korab

    Goals:
    1-0 Brašković, 82’

    Yellow cards:
    France: Hakimi, 60’
    Macedonia: None

    Red cards:
    None
     
    13: Milan 1-Nova Holandia 0
  • I'm posting this ahead of the preceding game because it's my bedtime now. Enjoy a rather parochial take on the game from my ATL homeland.

    From blepnu.gl - Food for Talk

    Five Reasons You Should Watch the Milan-Nova Holanda Game, if You Haven't Already



    The AHFA World Cup is in full swing, but the GLR isn't playing until this weekend. The national team's first opponent will be Milan, which saw its debut this morning against Nova Holanda. And since that game was right in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, hardly anybody with a job had a chance to see it. Right?

    Look, it's okay if you couldn't take some time out of your working hours to watch the live broadcast of a couple of foreign countries kicking a ball around. But if that's the case, you missed out, and you should definitely take some time to pull up the video tonight, or at the very least before Saturday.

    Why? Here are some of the biggest reasons.

    5. Prince William's face.



    William XIV, Prince of Orange (that's William the Fourteenth, folks) comes from a long line of very noble men. And since the XIIth (twelfth) century, an awful lot of them have been named William. Somehow, he still has a sense of humor.

    Just look at him here, after Simon Cruijf tripped over the ball and almost passed it to Mattia Caldara (who's on, by the way, the other team):



    Here's the Prince's happy dance after Marcel da Silva blocked Manolo Gabbiadini's shot in the forty-fifth minute:



    And here he's very disappointed in Patrick Firmino, whose attempt at earning a penalty kick at Gabbiadini's expense ended up giving him a yellow card instead:



    We've added a caption to that last picture for your convenience:



    To be fair, Prince William had a lot to be disappointed about this afternoon.

    4. It matters.



    Well, it doesn't really matter. But as far as soccer games go, this one matters a lot for us. The Great Lakes Republic is drawn into Group G, along with Milan, Nova Holanda, Turkestan, and the friendly-sounding United Neutral Team.



    What is this United Neutral Team, you might ask? Well, it's Germany.

    North Germany? That's not so bad.

    No, it's Germany. All of Germany.



    Bavaria alone has fielded a top-notch team in recent years, but at this Cup they're united with the cream of the crop from all over the German states in a supersquad. And here's the kicker: only two teams from the group move on to the next round. If the Germans take one of those spots, then the GLR is competing with Milan, Nova Holanda, and Turkestan all over just one more. And with their victory today, even though it's just by one goal, Milan has earned 3 points in the rankings, out of a maximum of 12.

    Our team has to meet or exceed that Milanese performance to beat them in the standings.

    3. You can see Milan's defense working like it's supposed to.



    If there's one thing the Novaholandese failed to accomplish today, it's pressuring the Vipers' defense. In their thirty-nine minutes of possession, the Orange Canaries attempted three shots, but not one of them had the penetration and accuracy to make it even close to the goal. In contrast, Milan pulled off four on-target shots (one blocked each by Marcel, Isac Quaresma da Silva, and Hans van Dijk). The Milanese managed to keep their defensive formation intact for the entire game, working like a well-tuned machine.



    Watch the game film, and you can see how the Vipers move together and separately, putting up an effective barrier in front of the goal. If the GLR team can break those patterns in Puebla on Saturday, they'll be in a position to compete.

    2. You can see Milan's offense working like it's supposed to.



    The four-minute possession starting from Andrea Consigli's goal kick at 70 minutes in is one of the most beautiful in the history of football.



    At no point in the steady Milanese advance did they let themselves be constrained to a single path of approach. Apart from goalkeeper Consigli, every one of Milan's players on the field was a threat, and there were always two or three viable options for the next player to take the ball.

    It didn't have to be Andrea Belotti who took the shot: Gagliardini feinted toward Cutrone, after all, and if the Canaries hadn't shifted to cover him the attack would have been even more auspicious from his position. But it was Belotti who took the pass, and Belotti who fired the ball into the upper right corner of the net for the only goal of the match, without even having his other foot on the ground.



    This is what the North Coasters are up against on Saturday. Without consistent disruption to Milan's attack, a play like the above could crystallize again. You'll want to be ready for it.

    1. It's simply a good game.



    Seriously. We've covered the highlights here, but you should see them in context. It's well worth your time.

    See also: 3 ways to watch the World Cup for free

    See also: Domhnall O'Brien narrates his "Battle with Beans"


    Overall results
    Milan 1 (Belotti, 74') - Nova Holanda 0
    Cautions: Firmino (Nova Holanda) 82'
     
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