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Vikings – Les Gaulois 0-0

Vikings – Les Gaulois 0-0

Goals
Assists
Man of the Match
Yellow Card
Red Card

 

 
 

In Saturday’s Casual League game, Scandinavian Vikings took on the French team Les Gaulois. Vikings were in great need of three points after one draw and one loss in their last two games. Unfortunately, the pattern from the last few games repeated itself once again as Vikings played disciplined football with tight defending and created lots of chances – but Vikings inability to score has come to the point when it looks like they’re under a curse of some sort.  

The first 20 minutes of the game saw a Vikings side that wanted nothing else but revenge after the ignominious loss against BFC last weekend. Coach Johan Mühlman must have had an inspirational pep talk before the game as Vikings were dominating all over the pitch and refused to give the puzzled French side even a millimeter of space. Throughout the beginning of this season, Vikings have been able to rely on their solid defence, and Saturday’s game was no exception. Martin “Breitner” Stensman and Joel Tärning replaced the central defenders from last game, Gaute Gautestad and Takafumi Hikita, in an excellent manner. On the left back, Mikael Johansson had a great game, probably his best for the club, and was also awarded Man of the Match. Midfield General Peter Sveistrup, with hard-working Chris Lundqvist by his side, won nearly all challenges and distributed passes among their teammates – passes that should have resulted in at least one goal. Four times during the first half, a Vikings player was alone with the French keeper, and four times they failed to hit the target. The spectators got to see a myriad of Vikings chances, and nobody could probably understand how the score was still 0-0 when the referee blew the half-time whistle.

10 minutes into the second half, comebacking Vikings player Martin Nordby Vestergaard was involved in a messy situation down by Les Gaulois’ extended goal-line. A French defender couldn’t handle Martin’s (a.k.a. the “Rugby player”) tough style of play, lost his temper and pushed the Vikings player in the back. The referee saw the whole situation and had no choice but to show the Les Gaulois player the red card. Most people probably thought this was the turning point of the game, surely Vikings would be able to score with eleven players against ten for over 30 minutes. But as a matter of fact Vikings started to play worse when they were one man up. The old cliché saying that it’s hard to play eleven against ten turned out to be true in this case. The French had no problems defending their goal as Vikings all of a sudden stopped moving and creating chances. However, during the last 5-10 minutes, Vikings did manage to put the French under some pressure. On a corner from the left, Anders Kargo Schmidt seemed determined to put an end to his goal drought as he attempted to get to ball before the goalkeeper and head it into the back of the net. Unfortunately, for Vikings in general and Kargo in particular, the goalkeeper was just as determined to reach the ball first and the result was a nasty collision – so nasty that it resulted in Anders breaking his collar bone. According to the first reports from the hospital, Vikings will now have to do without their star striker for 6-8 weeks. After this unfortunate situation, Vikings couldn’t find enough energy to create another chance and the game ended 0-0.

Having created innumerable clear chances, and with eleven players against ten for over 30 minutes, this game could only be described as a bitter draw for Vikings. After the game, Coach Mühlman said that he’s not worried as long as his players keep creating chances. However, he must be aware of the goalscoring void that needs to be filled as soon as possible. Perhaps he’s got a trick up his sleeve for Vikings’ next game? 

Match report: Richard