Catalonia reach semis after hard fought win over Aussies

December 8, 2017


Catalonia fought off Australia as they won their second successive match in a high scoring 7-4 affair. Marcos Carrasco was the main man as his five goals gave Catalonia the edge in what was a very entertaining and feisty encounter. 


It took Catalonia just two minutes to open the scoring. Carrasco picked up the ball in his own half and ran the length of the pitch before finishing past Brad Mitchell in the Australia goal. 


Mitchell had a busy first half and was called into action plenty of times to ensure the deficit stayed at only one. Carrasco played a fine through ball to Adrian Ortega but he was denied by a fine diving save from Mitchell. 


Carrasco was the man who was driving the Catalonia attack forward and looked dangerous every time he was on the ball. He fired a rocket from distance which was only kept out by the ball cannoning off the bar.


Carrasco again won  the ball deep and similar to his goal ran the length of the pitch but was denied a second as Mitchell got himself behind the shot. 


Catalonia again came close to extending their lead as Ortega cut the ball back to Daniel Sanchez. Mitchell had to dive low to his right to push the ball past the post. 


Chances were few and far between for Australia in the first half and it was with their first effort on target that the Aussies levelled the match. John McKenna broke brilliantly down the wing and kept his composure to score past the onrushing Xavier Tarres. 


The game was much tighter after the equaliser and both sides went looking for the goal to give them the edge going into the break. However, it was to be Catalonia who got the odd goal in the half and it was Carrasco once again. A superb one-two between Carrasco and Marc Fernandez, allowed Carrasco to fire the ball into the roof of the net and pick up his second goal of the game. 


Half Time: Catalonia 2-1 Australia 


There was a flurry of goals in the second half, eight in total. Australia got the scoring started as they levelled the game once more. A superb long ball played in Nathan price who cut the ball back to Alexander Robinson who side footed the ball into the net. 

Australia weren’t level for long however as Catalonia took the lead back almost immediately. A clever flick by Fernandez played the ball through to Ortega who, on the turn, fired the ball past the helpless Matthew Tindale, who was now in the Australia goal. 


Carrasco completed his hattrick and made it three in three games. Ortega played the ball to Carrasco and with his back to goal turned his man and finished the ball low in to the left hand corner to make it 4-2.

Australia weren’t ready to give in just yet however. A well placed passed from Price found Zac Mohring standing all alone with just the ‘keeper to beat. Mohring kept his composure and put the ball through the legs of Tarres. 


For all their hard work, Australia’s efforts where being undone by the superb Carrasco who got his fourth goal of the game with a superb effort with the outside of his boot. Carrrasco picked the ball up on the wing and took a couple of touches forward before curling the ball into the top corner. 


There was one last moment of defiance from Australia. Ryan Merriman won the ball deep in the Catalonia half and beat his man before rolling the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 5-4. 


Australia battled hard for the equaliser but their efforts where in vain as the scoring was completed with two late goals from Sanchez and Carrasco picking up his fifth of the game. 


Full Time: Catalonia 7-4 Australia 


Catalonia Man of the Match: Marcos Carrasco - With five goals and constant menace every time he touched the ball it really couldn’t have been anyone else. 


Australia Man of the Match: Brad Mitchell - It might be strange picking a goalie in a game that hade 11 goals. However, Mitchell’s performance in the first half kept his side in the game and allowed them to compete late into the match. 

Catalonia Magic Moment: Carrasco’s fourth goal with the outside of his boot, curling the ball into the top corner was the pick off the bunch of all the goals. 


Australia's Magic Moment: There is nothing quite like putting the ball through the ‘keepers legs to score and the big smile on Zac Mohring’s face certainly suggested he enjoyed it too. 

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