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Vikings – Cosmos 3-6

Vikings – Cosmos 3-6

Goals
Assists
Man of the Match
Yellow Card
Red Card

Niklas, Chris, Ruj

Martin V 2

Andreas
 

Vikings faced top team Cosmos in a late Saturday kick off under the flood lights. This was always going to be a tough opponent as an earlier preseason encounter had proved. Still it was a hopeful Vikings team as the squad looked strong with only Stein, Joel, Hallas and Tim missing out this time.

Lineup: Marcus; Christian “Øffe”, Breitner, Mikkel, Jannik; Mofok, Niklas, Chris, Martin V, Fran; Andreas.
Subs: Billing and Ruj

Judging from the 4-5-1 formation it seemed Vikings were going for the cautious approach. This was not the case however as the team came roaring out from the very first minute and took the game to the opponent. Breitner delivered a free kick into the penalty area and Jannik fired over goal from close range. Minutes later it was Andreas showing off some of his trickery and after dodging a couple of tackles he was finally brought down in the penalty area. Andreas stepped up to take the penalty kick but very unlucky the ball hit the post.

A promising start and Vikings should really have taken the lead but as we seen only too often it’s necessary to take the chances given. In a short period of time Cosmos managed to score 3 unanswered goals and every single time the Vikings failed to clear the ball in the six yard box. A tough turn of fortunes as Vikings otherwise played some sensible football. At halftime the score was 0-3.

From the start of second half it would be important to get a goal back to still have a fighting chance. This was exactly what happened when Martin V struck a great free kick towards goal and Niklas directed the ball past the keeper. 1-3.
Now there was suddenly a feeling that this could be turned around as the Vikings looked much better than the score line indicated.
Cosmos received a couple of yellow cards during first half as they struggled to contain Andreas and Niklas. They committed some unbelievable free kicks in second half as well but the referee decided to keep the cards in his pocket. Also Ruj was denied what looked like a very clear penalty so the referee’s decisions surely didn’t favor the Vikings.

Unfortunately it was another lapse of concentration that put the game beyond reach as Vikings conceded yet another sloppy goal. 1-4.
With 3 goals down it seemed to be game over and the Cosmos strikers added two more to make it 1-6 in the middle of second half.

There was still some spirit left in the Vikings though and Chris headed Martin V’s long throw in on goal and beat the keeper. Niklas was there to make sure the ball got all the way over the line. 2-6.

In the dying minutes Ruj managed to get another goal back but in the end the Vikings had to concede a 3-6 loss. It was a frustrating way to lose as the team played well over long periods but still managed to give away 4 sloppy goals. On the positive side it was a good show of morale to end the second half on a strong note.

Man of the match was Andreas.

 

Match report by: Jannik