It’s carnival of cultures – not on the pitch but in the streets of Kreuzberg. Though we hosted this 7-a-side friendly against the 9th placed BFC Mixalot of the Freizeit-Bezirksliga on this sunny Sunday noon with a bunch of players who either couldn’t give a damn for the carnival drinking or just came right from the drinking excess to the game.
11:08 – Kick off at Stadion Buschallee and the Pufendorfer team started to push towards the opponents goal with a smart 3-3 tactic to use the width of the pitch and bring the ball to the inside in front of the goal resulting in plenty of close calls for a goal. Meanwhile the opponent (traveled to Weißensee without any subs) laid back and waited for counter attacks which were pretty nicely played but they either missed the goal, hit the crossbar (2x) or found their master in Marian’s saves.
With the first half coming close to the end Nick took his heart (and the ball), made a run across the open centre pitch, couldn’t find any free player and scored the 1-0 with a nice 10m shot from the right edge between the post and goalkeeper. Halftime.
The second 45min the tables have turned, Mixalot came fresh out of the cabin and pressured towards our goal but failed to aim good. The pressure increased and after a ball loss by Adonis on the left hand side while being on an offense move we were outnumbered 2 on 3 leaving the opponents striker open on the right hand edge of the box and he scored easily with a low shot through Marian’s legs, 1-1 (72nd minute).
Struggling to finish the big chances we had now on our counter attacks (4 on 1 situations or 1 on 1 as Ezequiel managed to steal the ball from a defender and ran towards the goalie but failed to score) Marian decided to play instead of Ezequiel in front. While Ezequiel managed to show off two good saves now, Daniel K, Nick, Alexander S and Marian increased the pressure and, combined mostly in front of their goal and finally managed to bring a pass to the middle which Nick brought home into the opponents net, 2-1 (82nd minute). BFC Mixalot were now tired and in the very last minute we manage to score the 3-1 after Marian gained possession of the ball and brought it in low in from the left hand side in the back of the defense where Alexander Sjödin waited and scored the final goal.
Marian (C), Jon, Nick, Alexander S, Adonis, Daniel K, Ezequiel L, Stefan
Nick (2), Alexander S
Report by Marian András