On Saturday afternoon Scandinavian Vikings took on FC Cosmos in a crucial game. In order to avoid relegation, Vikings were in desperate need of three points, and a loss against Cosmos, another team in the bottom third of the table, would be devastating. How did Vikings handle the pressure, you might ask? By playing the best football of the season!
Vikings started off at a furious pace, leaving no room to breathe for the noticeably stressed Cosmos players. Five minutes into the game, after a beautiful through pass from Filip, Martin V was alone with the keeper, but the linesman raised his flag for offside. From the sideline it definitely looked like the wrong decision. However, Vikings’ supporters had no reason to worry as there would be plenty of more chances this afternoon. A few minutes later, Filip tried another through ball, this time to Siva, but the swift-footed midfielder’s shot was denied by the keeper. In the next attack Filip decided not to pass, instead he simply ran through the visibly astonished Cosmos defence and placed the ball to the right of the keeper. 1-0, and a very well-deserved lead for the Vikings. The rest of the first half followed the same pattern – Vikings dominated completely. They created chance after chance, the next player in line to test the keeper was Mofok, but his beautiful first touch was unfortunately followed by a poor shot. Three corners in a row caused a lot of panic in Cosmos’ penalty area, at least one of them should have resulted in a goal. It was just a matter of time before Vikings would extend their lead, and when the second goal finally came it was a thing of true beauty. Martin V was kicked down 2 meters outside the penalty area and took care of the free kick himself. In what might have been the most beautiful free kick ever seen on the Arsenal pitch, he blasted it around the wall, into the upper right corner. There was absolutely no chance for the goalkeeper, in fact he didn’t even move an inch. Vikings ran circles around perplexed Cosmos players and kept creating chances for the remaining 15 minutes of the first half. The half-time lead was only 2-0 though, a score the Cosmos players must have been very happy about.
The second half wasn’t exactly something to write home about. Vikings defended their lead, Cosmos tried to get back into the game, but all their efforts were taken care of by Vikings’ rock solid defence. Cosmos never got closer than a shot that hit the post, apart from that very few actual chances were created. A brilliant first half was enough for Scandinavian Vikings this afternoon, and all-in-all the 2-0 victory was very well-deserved.
2-0 Martin V
Man of the match: Daniel
Match report: Richard