Saturday came and it was finally time for the clash against GAS. There were big expectations for this game and with a win the Vikings could go top of the league. The formation was a 4-1-4-1 and since top scorer Ruj showed up late Martin V got to be the lone striker.
Breitner; Stein, Graeme, Jannik, Travis; Niclas; Hallas, Christian, Chris, Mofok; Martin V.
Subs: Udom, Tim, Christian, Ruj.
GAS started out better of the two teams and took the initiative. The pace was quick and perhaps too quick since the passing game was non existent. Jannik received a yellow card for a mistimed tackle. It was however the Vikings who took the early lead when Hallas crossed the ball from the right side and Chris’ header found the top left corner. 1-0.
After the goal the Vikings enjoyed a good period with more ball possession. It was not to last though as one of the quick GAS strikers sprinted by Travis and scored the equalizer. 1-1.
Only few minutes later GAS took the lead. A well placed shot from at least 30 meters out caught Breitner by surprise and went in. 1-2.
Now all momentum was with GAS and Vikings looked shell shocked. After a corner kick GAS counter attacked and with a couple of passes outplayed the remaining Vikings defense to score a third. 1-3.
Halftime came and it was hard to see how this game could be turned around in favor of the Vikings.
Second half did start out a lot better with Vikings being able to keep more possession and GAS trying to defend their lead. It came to some good chances from throw-ins and corner kicks but no goals. Ruj was brought down in the penalty area but the referee saw no reason to award a penalty – a bit surprising since he was giving free kicks to every GAS player who fell over. One of the GAS strikers chased down a long ball and as Breitner came out to clear the ball the guy went flying. The referee was eager to award a penalty this time around and Breitner received a yellow card for his efforts! Breitner kept cool though and made a diving save to keep the penalty attempt out.
This important save seemed to lift the Vikings and now it was game on again. Graeme was brought down in the penalty area and the referee finally gave a penalty. Unfortunately Graeme hurt his shoulder and was in a lot of pain – we can only hope for a speedy recovery. Christian put the penalty away and with 10 minutes to go anything was possible. 2-3.
The Vikings increased the pressure and looked dangerous on a couple of occasions. Chris received a yellow card after displaying a swift wrestling move on a GAS player. In the end it was GAS that took advantage as they counter attacked and with a fourth goal put the game out of reach. 2-4.
GAS also added a fifth goal and the final score was 2-5 in favor of the Germans which meant the winning streak came to an end. Vikings are still a promotion contender though and already next week its time to start a new winning streak.
Man of the match was Breitner.
Match report by: Jannik