Four Star Podskubka Seals Victory for EFC Suarez
Photo Credit: Sree Lakshmi
Four goals from Juan Cruz Podskubka, a brace from Henry Grant, plus strikes from Alex Haddad and Ishaq Muffer were enough to seal victory for EFC Suarez despite a late comeback from PSG.
EFC got off to a flying start, taking the lead after just two minutes when Podskubka fired a right footed drive low to the PSG Goalkeeper, Mehdi’s, right hand side. That set the tone for a first period that saw wave after wave of attack from the men in royal blue.
Four minutes later it was 2-0. EFC’s impressive winger, Henry Grant, latched onto a loose ball and buried a left-footed screamer into the top corner from 13 yards.
Within a minute it was three. EFC’s number six, Rafael Freire, showed nimble feet and great awareness to thread a through ball to Podskubka, who again made no mistake with his right footed finish from six yards. No sooner had the restart been taken then it was four – Podskubka again reacting first after Henry’s long-range effort had been saved by the feet of the PSG Goalkeeper.
Period 1: EFC Suarez 5 – 0 PSG
PSG emerged from the first interval reinvigorated, and immediately took the game to their opponents – Kais Anelka driving at the EFC defence straight from kick off – the move ending with Daniel’s right footed strike being stopped smartly by Lucas Jol in the EFC goal.
EFC responded well and hit back when number 5, Alex Haddad, buried a left-footer after a period of sustained pressure.
Six goals down at the halfway point, PSG could have been forgiven for raising their white flags and giving up. In fact it was the opposite – this was where the momentum began to swing in their favour, thanks in no small part by the late introductions of Kais Anelka and Ahmed; the former twice showing great pace and close control, driving the length of the pitch before being denied by last-gasp EFC defending.
Again EFC responded in emphatic fashion – Podskubka pouncing on a short goal-kick to take his tally for the day to five, before Henry drove down the left and fizzed an unstoppable shot past the PSG goalkeeper at the near post.
With two second period minutes to go, PSG almost broke their duck. Ahmed (11) stole the ball in defence and showed bags of composure to release the tricky Ahmed (14). He went by the last defender, but his shot didn’t quite have the legs to trouble the EFC goalkeeper.
Period 2: EFC Suarez 8 – 0 PSG
Encouraged by a much more assured second period performance, PSG once again came out firing on all cylinders, and got off the mark when Ahmed stole the ball in his own final third, before springing and supporting a counter attack. When the ball fell to him 14 yards out, his left footed strike found the corner to give the tiniest glimmer of hope to the Parisians.
They then continued their fight back with a right-footed rocket from Saif that flew into the net despite EFC’s goalkeeper getting a hand to it.
Now brimming with confidence, it was Daniel’s turn to get in on the action – Ahmed (14) stole the ball in midfield and Daniel was on hand to bury the ball in the EFC net. Alas, it proved to be too little to late, as the goal was the final kick of the ball in a topsy turvy encounter that saw EFC’s early domination prove too strong for a valiant fightback from a PSG side with no lack of quality.
Despite acknowledging there was still some work to do, PSG manager Valentin took great heart from his team’s spirited comeback:
“We didn’t have all of our players in the first period, and that meant we struggled to keep the ball. Once Kais and Ahmed arrived it really helped us, but it wasn’t enough. We are still a young academy and there is a lot of work to be done, but the boys are learning every day and enjoing their football, which is the main thing.”
Full Time: EFC Suarez 8 - 3 PSG