The third away match in a row and against an unknown opponent with unknown players in a crucial knockout competition. We had five players starting for the first time and we were not sure how they’d respond. However, we had a very strong start and created chances right at the beginning of the match, we scored our first goal via Moreira in the fifth minute.
The team defended in good shape and the two front runners were always ready to pounce and our strategy yielded good moments in attack. It is only on few occasions where we missed precision in our counter-press, thus, momentarily this resulted in us being threatened but we dealt with that challenge very well.
Our second goal came from a header from Sibisi in the 23rd minute. Similarly the third goal was scored just ten minutes into second half and came from yet another header from a set play to make it 3:0. The sequence and scheming of set plays was very good and we consistently threatened the opponent.
A good result and good response from the changes we made. The biggest positive was the information gathered from the new striking pairings.
There’s more positives to work from and the team is starting to gel well through their patient inter passing game with support from our wingbacks.
A good result and we are through to the round of 16.