FRANCE 2-0 BELGIUM
Charis’ brace propelled France to the top of the table with four points. Belgium dominated possession in the first half but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities, owing to Olumide Bajomo’s numerous misplaced passes in the final third. However, Presley’s excellent pressing resulted in him creating a chance out of nothing in the sixth minute, but his shot narrowly missed the mark. ‘
Three minutes later, Charis picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park, made a devastating run down the right-wing, and slid his chance home perfectly. Belgium players protested, mentioning Tomi’s foul on a Belgian player during the build-up to the goal, but referee, Kobi Njoku, had none of it. Fans were in awe of Charis incredible dribbling and blistering speed. Later in the first half, Belgium attempted to smash, but a tactical foul committed by Tomi thwarted their efforts. The referee then brandished Tomi with a yellow card.
The second half was much tighter. France were content to sit back and defend their slim lead. Max-Phil was asleep on the ball when Charis dispossessed him and played an excellent one-two on goal with Makram the wünderkid in the 25th minute. He then slid the ball past the goalkeeper with ease. He dashed over to the fans, who were ecstatic that their hero had propelled them to the top of the standings.
Other match of the day:
Italy 1-0 Croatia
A scrappy goal from Iloka playing in the AM position seals a narro win for Italy in their first official bluesteel match.