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Xiamen International FC
FC Rock - 洛克
Sat 31 Dec 16:30 - League Full time

XMIFC vs FC Rock - 洛克

12/31 - Semi Finals - Xiamen Division 11 a Side 2016/17

Starting 11
Oz (GK)
Benoist
Pablo
Jacopo
Cristian
Ryan
Athip
Robin
Jasur
Sercan
Chileno

Interchange
Checho
Brett

This game didn't go as expected for XMIFC. As these were the semi-finals, it was an important game - this could be noticed by the present tension from both teams throughout the whole game, quickly escalating, and negatively impacting the team play.

12/31 - Semi Finals - Xiamen Division 11 a Side 2016/17
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In the 1st half, the possession of the ball was in favour of XMIFC. But some mistakes and fouls were made by the XMIFC forward defence, which almost ended up into fights. The first goal was scored by Chileno, 20 mins in the game.
The opposing team were playing particularly offensively and scored a goal 10 minutes later.

In the 2d half the strategy changed for XMIFC, but the possession of the ball became really equal between both teams;
Checho received a yellow card, following many small events happening on the field where the opposing team players would suddenly drop to the floor - in the spectator eyes those were not fouls but were considered so by the referee.
Then, the referee considered Jasur to have fouled an opposing team player and there was a penalty, rendering the score to 2-1 against XMIFC.

It was a bitter ending, because there were many opportunities. But XMIFC will get back up from this!

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"To be fair, we did not play our best game. But also we lost our nerves. We were expecting the game would be this way but we could not handle it. I'm sure we will bounce back from this." Oz

"We are not aiming, no shooting in the goal. In 2 hours game only 1 shot in the goal." Jacopo

"Can blame the ref a bit but we also didn't create chances especially in the first half" Basti

"This game has shown us the mentality to not have. It was unfair for sure but this shouldn't keep us from winning. We will do better next time." Athip

"Too emotional. Love the passion. Needs to be directed to football. Let's go for 3d!" Brett

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