AHFA European Championship 2020

AHFA Euro 2020: Groups
The draw has now been done.

As it follows:

Group A:
United Commonwealth
Rus Confederacy
Papal States
Jerusalem

Group B:
Britain
Armenia
Czechia
Scotland in exile

Group C:
France
Padania
Tuscany-Sardinia
Cyprus

Group D:
Batavia
Scandinavia
Roman Republic
Free Workers Republic

Group E:
Illyria
Rhineland
Denmark
Finland

Group F:
Al-Alandus
Austro-Bavaria
Hungary
Sicily
 
AHFA Euro 2020 - Group Stage (tournament graph)
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@Xibalba I actually use the Mac's keynote presentation. I had to modify the template a bit because of it, but overall, I stayed faithful to your design.
 
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Schedule of AHFA Euro 2020

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Donor
WeekdayDateTime (UTC+2)Match #Team 1Team 2GroupStageStadium
Friday
12-06-2020​
21:00​
1​
Rus20JerusalemAMatchday 1Vallhallahollen, Rus
Saturday
13-06-2020​
15:00​
2​
Commonwealth20Papal StatesAMatchday 1Ojczyzna Stadium, Commonwealth
Saturday
13-06-2020​
18:00​
3​
Britain31CzechiaBMatchday 1Wembley Stadium, Great Britain
Saturday
13-06-2020​
21:00​
4​
Armenia50ScotlandBMatchday 1Letná Stadium, Czechia
Sunday
14-06-2020​
18:00​
5​
Tuscany-Sardinia34PadaniaCMatchday 1Gioacomo Carducci Stadium, Padania
Sunday
14-06-2020​
21:00​
6​
France60CyprusCMatchday 1Stade de France, France
Sunday
14-06-2020​
15:00​
7​
Free Workers11BataviaDMatchday 1Amsterdam Arena, Batavia
Monday
15-06-2020​
15:00​
8​
Roman Republic11ScandinaviaDMatchday 1Arbeiterstadion, Frankfurt
Monday
15-06-2020​
18:00​
9​
Denmark10RhinelandEMatchday 1Idrætsparken, Denmark
Monday
15-06-2020​
18:00​
10​
Finland30IllyriaEMatchday 1Kruunu Stadium, Finland
Tuesday
16-06-2020​
18:00​
11​
SicilyAustro-BavariaFMatchday 1Sultain Ali VI Stadium, Sicily
Tuesday
16-06-2020​
21:00​
12​
Hungary04Al-AndalusFMatchday 1Puskás Arena, Hungary
Wednesday
17-06-2020​
18:00​
13​
Rus11CommonwealthAMatchday 2Ojczyzna Stadium, Commonwealth
Wednesday
17-06-2020​
21:00​
14​
JerusalemPapal StatesAMatchday 2Vallhallahollen, Rus
Thursday
18-06-2020​
18:00​
15​
BritainArmeniaBMatchday 2Wembley Stadium, Great Britain
Wednesday
17-06-2020​
15:00​
16​
CzechiaScotlandBMatchday 2Letná Stadium, Czechia
Thursday
18-06-2020​
21:00​
17​
Tuscany-SardiniaFranceCMatchday 2Stade de France, France
Thursday
18-06-2020​
15:00​
18​
PadaniaCyprusCMatchday 2Gioacomo Carducci Stadium, Padania
Friday
19-06-2020​
18:00​
19​
Free WorkersRoman RepublicDMatchday 2Arbeiterstadion, Frankfurt
Friday
19-06-2020​
21:00​
20​
BataviaScandinaviaDMatchday 2Amsterdam Arena, Batavia
Friday
19-06-2020​
15:00​
21​
DenmarkFinlandEMatchday 2Idrætsparken, Denmark
Saturday
20-06-2020​
18:00​
22​
RhinelandIllyriaEMatchday 2Kruunu Stadium, Finland
Saturday
20-06-2020​
21:00​
23​
SicilyHungaryFMatchday 2Sultain Ali VI Stadium, Sicily
Saturday
20-06-2020​
15:00​
24​
Austro-BavariaAl-AndalusFMatchday 2Puskás Arena, Hungary
Sunday
21-06-2020​
21:00​
25​
Papal StatesRusAMatchday 3Vallhallahollen, Rus
Sunday
21-06-2020​
21:00​
26​
JerusalemCommonwealthAMatchday 3Ojczyzna Stadium, Commonwealth
Monday
22-06-2020​
18:00​
27​
ScotlandBritainBMatchday 3Wembley Stadium, Great Britain
Monday
22-06-2020​
18:00​
28​
CzechiaArmeniaBMatchday 3Letná Stadium, Czechia
Monday
22-06-2020​
21:00​
29​
CyprusTuscany-SardiniaCMatchday 3Gioacomo Carducci Stadium, Padania
Monday
22-06-2020​
21:00​
30​
PadaniaFranceCMatchday 3Stade de France, France
Tuesday
23-06-2020​
21:00​
31​
ScandinaviaFree WorkersDMatchday 3Arbeiterstadion, Frankfurt
Tuesday
23-06-2020​
21:00​
32​
BataviaRoman RepublicDMatchday 3Amsterdam Arena, Batavia
Wednesday
24-06-2020​
18:00​
33​
IllyriaDenmarkEMatchday 3Idrætsparken, Denmark
Wednesday
24-06-2020​
18:00​
34​
RhinelandFinlandEMatchday 3Kruunu Stadium, Finland
Wednesday
24-06-2020​
21:00​
35​
Al-AndalusSicilyFMatchday 3Sultain Ali VI Stadium, Sicily
Wednesday
24-06-2020​
21:00​
36​
Austro-BavariaHungaryFMatchday 3Puskás Arena, Hungary
Saturday
27-06-2020​
18:00​
37​
1B3ADEFRo16Wembley Stadium, Great Britain
Saturday
27-06-2020​
21:00​
38​
1A2CRo16Vallhallahollen, Rus
Sunday
28-06-2020​
18:00​
39​
1F3ABCRo16Kruunu Stadium, Finland
Sunday
28-06-2020​
21:00​
40​
2D2ERo16Sultain Ali VI Stadium, Sicily
Monday
29-06-2020​
18:00​
41​
1E3ABCDRo16Puskás Arena, Hungary
Monday
29-06-2020​
21:00​
42​
1D2FRo16Amsterdam Arena, Batavia
Tuesday
30-06-2020​
18:00​
43​
1C3DEFRo16Gioacomo Carducci Stadium, Padania
Tuesday
30-06-2020​
21:00​
44​
2A2BRo16Idrætsparken, Denmark
Thursday
02-07-2020​
18:00​
45​
W37W38QFOjczyzna Stadium, Commonwealth
Thursday
02-07-2020​
21:00​
46​
W39W40QFVallhallahollen, Rus
Friday
03-07-2020​
18:00​
47​
W41W42QFArbeiterstadion, Frankfurt
Friday
03-07-2020​
21:00​
48​
W43W44QFStade de France, France
Tuesday
07-07-2020​
21:00​
49​
W45W46SFSacred City Stadium
Wednesday
08-07-2020​
21:00​
50​
W47W48SFSacred City Stadium
Sunday
12-07-2020​
21:00​
51​
W49W50FinalSacred City Stadium
 
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I can't wait to hear my alternate universe dad scream at the TV for who would win (Even though I don't know if the EC airs in Canada)
 
United Commonwealth 2:0 Papal States
June 13, 2020 - Saturday
15:00 (UTC+2)
Ojczyzna Stadium, Warsaw
Group stage - Group A

United Commonwealth 2 - 0 Papal States
Outstanding start for the UC; Papal State receives ungodly beating


The Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Match Day 1 of the AHFA European Championship. We find ourselves in the beautiful city of Warsaw, capital of the United Commonwealth. The local team, led by Coach Davor Šuker, had an intense match against the Papal States, a team coached by Francesco Franchini. It was clear from the get-go, even before both teams stepped into the field, that the Poles would have a rather significant advantage over their Italian-speaking opponents. The UC has been grouped in an ultra-exclusive category of teams widely believed to be the very best this edition of the Euro Championship has to offer. There is little debate that the Commonwealth's roster of players is truly exceptional, and their vast display of international victories is a testament to that fact. A combination of raw sporting talent, highly praised management and an aggressive formation that allows for a relentless attack of the opponent's defense are key to the UC's chances of becoming the champions of the top football competition in the continent.

The Papal States, despite their shortcomings, arrived at Ojczyzna Stadium full of energy and vigor, practicing throughout the day and refining their team play. Their strategy consisted of mastering their team cohesiveness, and to counteract the UC's superior offensive power by acting together as a single unit. It was a skill the Papal States hoped would give them a chance at winning, despite the overwhelming odds stacked against them.

The start of the match would be one to remember. Barely seven minutes after the referee blew the whistle, Zenobiusz Lazarz passed it to Szymon Sójka, who was standing right by the Papal States' net. Sójka delivered a kick that cannoned the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Sebastiani, granting the United Commonwealth an early 1-0 that left fans in awe and the Papal States in shambles. Their entire strategy had been obliterated less than ten minutes into the game, and so the entire team slowly fell apart despite the desperate efforts of Franchini to get his players back into the match.

The United Commonwealth, meanwhile, never lost steam. This early goal emboldened them, and throughout the next twenty minutes they repeatedly harassed their weakened opponent, trying to seal their fate while they were down. Many players took shots at their rival's net: on minute '16, Kevin Roth slipped past the Papal States' defenders and took a shot, which missed after a save from Angelo Bagnasco. In '36, Zayit Lachman fought over the ball with Angelo Sodano, pressing onwards towards the Papal States' net, but when he finally broke free he was overpowered by the rest of Sodano's teammates. A similar situation took place in minute '40, when Lazarz and Roth charged at the opposing side of the field, only to be broken apart by a resurgent defense.

The first half had been a disappointment for the Papal States, although they had largely managed to survive the infamous Polish offense. This fact brought some confidence to the Italians, who readily prepared for the next half. The Eagles, meanwhile, saw little value in exhausting themselves further by charging at the solid Papal States team, instead focusing on bulking up their defenses and contenting themselves with a 1-0 win.

The next half presented a radically more different field dynamic. Many fans were confused to see that the United Commonwealth was no longer pouncing at their opponents with the same aggressiveness, instead dismantling the Papal State's offensive plays and keeping it at that. Zbigniew Pyszka, Sójka, and Nguyễn Ái Quốc were able to stir enough trouble among their rivals by themselves, leading to less exciting plays and a far less energetic match.

This isn't to mean that the 1-0 score remained idle. Despite the intense efforts exerted by the Papal States, they were simply outmatched athletically by the United Commonwealth, which had decided fighting them head-on wasn't worth the trouble. The Italians weren't keen on learning that lesson, instead launching repeated waves of unsuccessful attacks that slowly weathered them down. By the late '60's, the team of the Papal States was utterly exhausted, to the point that they could hardly continue playing. Šuker's players eyed this and decided to finish the game right away. On minute '78, players Quốc and Pyszka feigned an attack from the right wing, and the Papal States team gravitated towards them. Pyszka then managed a long pass over to Lachman, who was on the left wing, and he succeeded in striking at an undefended net, scoring the United Commonwealth's second goal of the day. The match was essentially over by then, with few meaningful plays until the referee blew the whistle shortly before minute '91.


With this refreshing although somewhat unsavory 2-0 victory, the United Commonwealth positions itself at the head of Group A, while the Papal States take an embarrassing backseat at the very bottom. It is far too early to call it; however, with some refining to do, the UC might as well become the number-one team of the 2020 Euro Championship.

Referee: Jasper D'Arras (Jerusalem)

Yellow cards:
United Commonwealth:
Idriss Thiaw ('25); Oskaras Svirskis ('62)
Papal States: None

Red cards:
None

Player of the Match: Zbigniew Pyszka (United Commonwealth)
 
Ancient Federation of the Rus' 2:0 Kingdom of Jerusalem
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12. 06. 2020, 21:00
Ancient Federation of the Rus v. Kingdom of Jerusalem
Ancient Federation of the Rus:

Coach:
Anders Skorkarison

Lineup:

Erik Ragnarson

Ulf Elnarsson
Bjorn Hrafnkellson
Erik Grimmson
Torsten Eriksson

Baldur Grikkfarasson
Frode Styrimathr
Hrothleifr Saxa (90+1' Kjettel Hroerekrson)
Harald Svithings (64' Bjorn Persson)
Arvid Jonsson (64' Brynjar Thangotha)

Gudmund Kjettillson

Kingdom of Jerusalem

Coach: John Francis Stuart

Lineup:

Jean d'Artois

Rohan Starling
Rosh Sholzkara
Nicholas Stormberg
(45' Nikita Tisilos) Amaury Baudet

Guy Stepniak
(45' Muhammad el-Tlyr) Ash Azidra
Alberto Stuyven

Gregory Alba
(70' Lance Botero) Philip Meskert
Clement Demare
Ancient Federation of the Rus' 2 - 0 Kingdom of Jerusalem

Goals:
1-0 Hrothleifr Saxa (8')
2-0 Bjorn Hrafnkellson (29)

Yellow cards: 4 - 3
Red cards: 0 - 0

Referee: Tammam ibn Isma'il al-Qurtubi (Al-Andalus) - Grade B:
No mistakes in this match which was easy to referee. The penalty (74') was correct.

"Hereby, I declare AHFA Euro 2020 open!" -
Kalikstas Baziliauskas, AHFA President

For this opening match, both managers sent their best starting elevens out - with one exception: Jesper Yrran, who is recovering from a muscle injury, was benched for Ash Azidra.

After both teams sussed each other out for a few minutes where nothing much happened except in midfield, the Rus' obtained a first corner. Saxa's attempt at a cross was deflected out by Rosh Sholzkara.

And the corner was taken by Frode Styrimathr, onto the second post. Stormberg did not manage to clear it, and it was Hrothleifr Saxa with a powerful shot! And, slightly deflected by Gregory Alba, it found the back of the net! Jean d'Artois had no chance at all! 1-0 Hrothleifr Saxa (8')!

From this point, it was clear that the Rus' dominated the match - Jerusalem rarely even got posession of the ball. Just minutes later, Ulf Elnarsson passed the ball directly into the centre to Frode Styrimathr, onto the right to Harald Svithings, who easily outran Amaury Baudet. And he gives a very good cross into the centre, onto the head of Gudmund Kjettillson! And his header hits the post (16')!

Jerusalem tried at least some counterattacks, however, most of them were stopped by the Rus' defence - the most dangerous attempt, as Ash Azidra passed into the box to Gregory Alba, was stopped by an excellent and heroic tackle by Grikkfarasson (25').
And from this tackle, Grikkfarasson's ball fortunately found Eriksson, who managed to keep it in the field and, just before reaching the centre line, passed it to Styrmathr. Back to Grikkfarasson, onto the right to Arvid Jonsson, and finally, after a one-two, back into the centre to Harald Svithings! And his shot was barely parried over the crossbar by Jean d'Artois (27')!
The first corner, taken by Grikkfarasson, was harmlessly cleared out for another corner by Rahon Starling. The same applied to the second corner, the ball cleared over the crossbar by Jean d'Artois. But a third successive corner from the left was awarded, and Styrimathr took it! The ball was brought onto the near post, where Bjorn Hrafnkellsson remained unguarded! And he headed it into the back of the net! 2-0 Bjorn Hrafnkellsson (29')!

The match was already decided, and not many attacking scenes were seen - neither before nor after half-time, despite Jerusalem having made an at least nominally more attacking substitution in Muhammad el-Tlyr. The Skorkarison team always managed to keep Jerusalem quite far from its own goal and, at least from time to time, made an attacking move - but Jerusalem's defence also managed to stop most of them.

d'Artois had to parry away a shot from 24 metres out by Hrothleifr Saxa (45+1'), show an excellent reflex save against Kjettillson's shot from ten metres after the latter had recieved the ball in an excellent cross from Saxa (58') and against another header from Hrafnkellsson after a Styrimathr free kick (60').

But Jerusalem got somewhat more courageous and started launching counterattacks themselves. An attempted cross from Demare after he, with the help of Stuyven, had outwitted the entire Rus' midfield was cleared by Torsten Eriksson (71'), with the resulting corner being harmless.

However, the Skorkarison team's counterattack was nipped in the bud when, for the first time in the entire match, Grikkfarasson lost a duel against Muhammad el-Tlyr. El-Tlyr passed the ball to Alberto Stuyven, who further passed it out onto the left to Gregory Alba.

Alba gave an excellent cross into the penalty area for Lance Botero. His shot was blocked by Bjorn Hrafnkellsson! But al-Qurtubi immediately pointed towards the spot - a clear penalty for Jerusalem as Hrafnkellsson's arm was definitely too far out, and you could even argue that Hrafnkellsson deliberately used his arm to block the shot! "Just" a yellow card, though, but definitely a penalty for Jerusalem.

Gregory Alba took responsibility, as he did for all Jerusalem penalties. He aimed for the lower left corner... but the shot was not powerful enough! And Ragnarson dived to the left - the penalty is saved (74')!

Ragnarson even manages to grasp the ball firmly, and the resulting counterattack over Eriksson, Grimmsson, Brynjar Thangotha and Bjorn Persson saw Hrothleifr Saxa draw towards the centre from his left wing, and his shot could just about be saved by d'Artois around the right post (76')!

With the match decided and even the best chance having been squandered by the Stuart side, offensive moves became rare on both sides. After another corner from the right taken by Thangotha, a shot from Ulf Elnarsson was narrowly headed over the goal by Nicholas Stormberg (85').

In the last minute of the game - Skorkarison had already taken to wasting time by making his third substition - Bjorn Persson's audacious attempt from 27 metres out was stopped by a robust tackling from Rosh Sholzkara. Another yellow card, and a last free kick for the Rus'! And Brynjar Thangotha brought it into the penalty area, where the newly-substituted Kjettel Hroerekrson was left unguarded! But his shot was quite a bit too high (90+2')!

After all, this opening match, despite not reaching the goal difference from the 2016 AHFA Euro opening match (France 4 - 0 Latvian National State), was a clear-cut affair in favour of the Rus'.
 
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Tuscany-Sardinia 3:4 Padanian Technate
Padania beat Tuscany-Sardinia in a Italian Derby

Welcome to the game between Padania, the Technocrates and Tuscany-Sardinia!

This is expected to be a great derby, so we should know what is gonna happen.

The game will be held at Padania's stadium, the Gioacomo Carducci Stadium.

OK THE MATCH HAS STARTED!

First Half Starts.

10' Christian Rota is about to take the shot..... IT'S IN
11' GGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Christian Rota has done it! A long-range shot was unexpected!

SCORE:TUSCANY-SARDINIA 1-0 PADANIA

17' There's about to be another goal.. It's gonna be a penalty!
17' Enrico Abela steps up.... IT'S IN!!
18' GOAL! Enrico Abela has got the Padanian equaliser with the penalty!!!

SCORE:TUSCANY-SARDINIA 1-1 PADANIA

30' Padania are about to take the lead... It's true!
31' GGGGGOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Enrico Abela has done it again!

SCORE:TUSCANY-SARDINIA 1-2 PADANIA

45' The referee will now signal a 4 minute added time.

46' RED CARD! While defending, sadly Enrico Abela has tackled Matteo Rossi and will not be scoring more great goals anymore.

MEN: TUSCANY-SARDINIA 11-10 PADANIA

First Half Ends.

Half Time

Wow what a half it was!
Sure enough.
Wait, it was 15 mins so we should discuss this.

First, the long-range goal has to be the goal of the tournament!
But we know that it was done by weeks of practice...

Anyways the second half has started!
HALF TIME ENDS

Second Half starts.


49' GOOOOOALLLLLL!!! Bruto Giovanno HAS SCORED!

SCORE: TUSCANY-SARDINIA 1-3 PADANIA

60' GOOALLLLLLLLL!!! Matteo Rossi HAS SCORED!!! Despite getting tackled by a double goalscorer, he should now be better.

SCORE: TUSCANY-SARDINIA 2-3 PADANIA

68' GOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Matteo Rossi has went and scored again!

SCORE: TUSCANY-SARDINIA 3-3 PADANIA

This has to be a great comeback? Will Tuscany-Sardinia score the winning goal and seal a great comeback?

Wait, the dream for them is over.....

90+3' GGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!! Bruto Giovanno HAS SCORED THE WINNING GOAL TO GIVE THEM THE 3 POINTS THEY NEEDED!!!!

SCORE: TUSCANY-SARDINIA 3-4 PADANIA

FULL TIME


Wow what a match it was! 7 GOALS in one match, this has to be a great match!

TUSCANY-SARDINIA GOALSCORERS:

Christian Rota 11'
Matteo Rossi 60' 68'

PADANIA GOAL SCORERS:

Enrico Aleba 18' 31'
Bruto Giovanno 49' 90+3'

SENT OFF:
PADANIA
- Enrico Aleba

Match 1 of Group C by New Britain Mapping (Now Briswall Mapping, on Discord and YouTube)
 
France 6:0 Cyprus

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France incredibly dominant in opening win against Cyprus.

Mbappé would secure the win early on for France
It was a magical evening as France started its run in the AHFA European Championship. While a win was expected, no one had quite predicted the dominant 6-0 win that would follow before a packed Stade de France.

The game really began with an early goal from Kylian Mbappe. He would head the ball into the net following a pass from midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. Mbappe would quickly follow this goal with a long-distance kick from outside the box. After just 8 minutes, France was leading 2-0 and was on course for a win. For the rest of the half, France would have the largest share of chances, and they would indeed also make it 3-0, with Oliver Giroud scoring the third goal of the evening.

Things didn’t change too much in the second half. A quarter or so in, defender Benjamin Pavard made it 4-0 on a corner volley. Just 8 minutes later, Paul Pogba would make a free kick goal to make it 5-0. While Cyprus would get a few chances, notably a situation where French Kurt Zouma was just a few centimetres away from making an own goal, they never quite managed to reduce the scoreline. France would secure the result, 6-0, with a great finish from Thorgan Hazard in added time.

And thus, France crushes their opponents and are on a course to not only advance to the Round of 16, but also potentially as the group winner. They can secure their advancement with a win against Tuscany-Sardinia on Thursday. Meanwhile, Cyprus will almost certainly need a win against either Tuscany or Padania to advance.

France 6-0 Cyprus
Mbappé 4'
Mbappé 8'
Giroud 43'
Pavard 63'
Pogba 71'
Thorgan Hazard 91'
 
Episcopate and Papate of Hayastan 5:0 Kingdom of Scotland in exile
diefreie.ff/EURO2020/spielberichte/en/hayastankgrschottland
Episcopate and Papate of Hayastan

Coach: Gheorghe Hagi

Lineup:

Armenag Chakmakian

Hindirîn Araratian
Şêr Ro
Mgrditch Kassarjian
Meghrig Hovhannisyan

Esahag Ishkhanian
Ivanildo Assunção de Sol (59' Khosrow Mehdiabaadi)
Parkhoutar Assarian
Vewrês Gımgımıj


Ararad Arshaguni (90' Vaahith Terenig Kechichian)
Xıdo Koçgıri (75' Daron Gharakhanian)

Kingdom of Scotland in exile:

Coach: Laird Alex Ferguson

Lineup:

Alex MacFarlane

Jamie Wallace
(45' Finlay Inglis) Innes Maclaughlin
Teddy Downie
Jackie Douglas

Cammy McCann
(75' Connell Macnicol) Danny Currie
(68' Sorley McMenamin) Archie Armstrong
Diarmid McGill
Fran MacRitchie

Kenny Romanov
Episcopate and Papate of Hayastan 5 - 0 Kingdom of Scotland

Goals:
1-0 Xıdo Koçgıri (11')
2-0 Hindirîn Araratian (35')
3-0 Vewrês Gımgımıj (45+1')
4-0 Xıdo Koçgıri (51')
5-0 Vaahith T. Kechichian (90+1')

Yellow cards: 1 - 5
Red cards: 0 - 0

Referee: Hroald Sigbjornsson (Federation of the Rus') - Grade B+:
Without major mistakes in this match which was easy to referee. The penalty was clear-cut and correct (Currie v. Koçgıri, 51'). Sometimes, coordination with VAR took quite long (mostly during the offside check of the 2-0 by Araratian, 35'), and he could have booked Armstrong (27').


Two of the more unknown teams from Europe played each other for this first match of Group B. Hayastan had at least already managed to qualify for the one or other tournament, however, its league was not as well known west of the Straits of Tharantha and is commonly underrated. On the other side, it was the first major tournament ever for the Kingdom of Scotland.

And little did spectators in Prague - most of them neutral - expect what was to come. Hayastan immediately put Scotland under pressure.

Within three minutes, the Jacobite defence in person of Jamie Wallace was, via a simple but lovely to watch move, outwitted by Ivanildo Assunçao de Sol, and Innes Maclaughlin's tackle backfired as the ball ended up with Esahag Ishkhanian, who was free to run. His audacious shot from the border of the penalty area (16 metres out) could just barely be saved by Macfarlane (3')!

And Hayastan further reasserted their dominance.

Admittedly, the Ferguson team "assisted" Hayastan when Jackie Douglas, in an attempt to clear the ball which he had just won back from Parkhoutar Assarian, into the feet of Vewrês Gımgımıj, who made an unselfish pass to Xido Koçgıri who easily scored from the centre-right, barely seven metres in front of the goal, into the lower left corner! 1-0 Xıdo Koçgıri (11')!

Scotland did at least try to counterattack during the constant Hayastani attempts to create more chances and score at least one more goal. Macfarlane was the centre of action as he had to intervene against several headers (14', 18', 27') and an out of the foot shot by Arshaguni (22'), a mix between cross and shot by Ivanildo Assunção do Sol (17'). a shot by Koçgıri was aimed too high (20'), as was the case with Arshaguni's powerful attempt (31'). Gımgımıj's excellent attempt was deflected onto the outside of the post by Teddy Downie (25').

And while most of the counterattacks were nipped in the bud by Ishkhanian, Assarian or Ivanildo do Sol, at least Diarmid McGill (23') was able to outrun Assarian once. His cross to Romanov was the only situation where Armenag Chakmakian intervened - before Romanov could even get to the ball to head it. On a second counterattack, Diarmid McGill again outran Assarian, but Romanov was offside so that Ro could gain the ball back (32').

On the other side, Araratian's attempted cross into the penalty area turned into quite a dangerous "shot" and could barely be parried around the right post by Macfarlane. The first corner could be cleared by Teddy Downie, and the second corner was picked up by Macfarlane. He threw the ball to Innes Maclaughlin, who made a bad pass.

The ball landed at the feet of Vewrês Gımgımıj, whose powerful shot was cleared by Jamie Wallace, out for a corner. This corner was brought in by Parkhoutar Assarian, Macfarlane parried the ball over the crossbar for another corner from the right. Again, taken by Parkhoutar Assarian. The Jacobite defence is in shambles, but just manages to clear the ball... though only slightly. Hindirîn Araratian, noticing that Macfarlane is far too far out of his goal trying to hinder a shot from Arshaguni et al., circumvents Macfarlane and Cammy McCann and chips the ball into an empty net! 2-0 Hindirîn Araratian (35')!

Hayastan relented to some extent, but clearly remained dominant - and devoted to nipping counterattacks by the Ferguson team in the bud. Kenny Romanov got a shot from 35 metres out after a long pass by Archie Armstrong, but it went far wide (40'), meanwhile Arshaguni (38', 44') and Koçgıri (40') failed to score from dangerous opportunities, mainly from crosses from the left or right wing. But just before half-time, Ivanildo Assunção do Sol outran Jamie Wallace on the left wing, Armstrong did not manage to help out either. And as Downie and Maclaughlin were marking Arshaguni and Koçgıri respectively, Vewrês Gımgımıj remained unmarked in the penalty area! And nailed it under the crossbar, no chance for Alex Macfarlane! 3-0 Vewrês Gımgımıj (45+1')!

After kickoff, Scotland just managed to play a few safe passes before losing the ball to Esahag Ishkhanian again. The referee then blew the half-time whistle.

After kickoff, the Crosses relented a bit, intensity and speed of their game were significantly reduced. However, even at this lower intensity, Ivanildo do Sol (49') took a dangerous shot which could just be parried over the goal by Alex Macfarlane. And just two minutes later, it was Xıdo Koçgıri outrunning Finlay Inglis and Jamie Wallace on the right wing. Scotland was even more defensively oriented than in the first half, not wanting to concede any more goals. But seeing that Koçgıri could take a shot himself or pass to the unmarked Ivanildo do Sol, Danny Currie saw no other alternative than to take Koçgıri down!
And Sigbjornsson immediately pointed to the spot! A clear penalty and a clear yellow card for Currie!

In the absence of D. Gharakhanian, it was Xıdo Koçgıri's responsiblity to take the penalty. And he took it brilliantly! A powerful shot into the centre-right! Macfarlane on his way to the left - no chance! 4-0 Xıdo Koçgıri (51')!

Not much more was to be seen in most of the second half. The Hagi side focused on relaxing and preserving the result, while the Jacobites did not have the means to stage any sort of comeback. Shots by Romanov (64', 80') were harmless and the latter one easily saved by Chakmakian, while an attempted cross by Fran Ritchie landed directly at the feet of Ro (76'). The Jacobites did not even get a corner during the entire second half, despite some vaguely offensive-minded substitutions.

For the last few minutes of the game, the Hagi side increased intensity again as (especially) the substitutes wanted to try scoring a goal or at least getting an assist. Gharakhanian with a shot (79') and a header after a corner (85'), as well as Mehdiabaadi after a brilliant pass from Gımgımıj (88') had their attempts saved by Macfarlane. But in one of the last scenes of the match, Gımgımıj dribbled towards the penalty area, around Wallace, then around Inglis - and just before the box, he was taken down by Jackie Douglas! A dangerous free kick from the centre-left. Gımgımıj took it himself, but contrary to what the Jacobites expected, he did not take it directly. Instead, a cross was brought into the penalty area... perfectly onto the head of Vaahith T. Kechichian, who headed it in from seven metres! 5-0 Vaahith T. Kechichian (90+1')!

Spectators got to see one more dangerous opportunity when a shot by Daron Gharakhanian was deflected by Jackie Douglas (90+3'), resulting in yet another corner for the Crosses. And Assarian brought it into the box, onto the body of Şêr Ro, whose shot with the knee hit the inside of the post! Macfarlane would yet again have been without a chance (90+4')!

Most pundits and spectators did expect Hayastan to win this, yes, but few expected such a dominant performance and such a high victory margin. And, as we all know, goal difference and even the number of goals scored could be decisive to determine who is among the best-placed third teams, so this convincing win for Hayastan could be a determining factor...
 
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Kingdom of Hungary 0:4 Socialist Republic of Al-Andalus
June 16, 2020 - Tuesday
21:00 (UTC+2)
Puskás Arena, Hungary
Group stage - Group F

Hungary 0 - 4 Al-Andalus
Appalling
defeat for Magyars in home soil; Al-Andalus ahead

Group favorites Al-Andalus meets their first challenger, the team for the Kingdom of Hungary. There was a feeling of confidence in Budapest early today, and some would argue that was justified. The Hungarians were playing their first game of the tournament at their very own stadium, surrounded by crowds of adoring fans. The setting was fully to the Magyars' favor, and to many in the city that equated to an easy victory. The Hungarian team, coached by Marco Rossi, expressed its belief that today's game would be a triumph. Indeed, Hungary's chances for a successful performance have not been downplayed by international analysts, and many have agreed that the team has the potential to become an important contender. It was also warned, however, that the team needs to consolidate its strength early on, and that a disappointing early Group Stage could spell the end of Hungary's Euro Championship dream.

Al-Andalus arrived at Budapest yesterday, and rather surprisingly, did not show up to practice up until the very last possible hour, right before the game started. Everyone had expected that Sarji Rami's squad would want to soak up every available moment to train before facing the daunting Magyar team. Even more odd, the team never seemed to have left their hotel for touristic sightseeing, a common practice meant to encourage fraternization between the teammates. Sport analysts debated as to what strange strategy the Andalusians were attempting, while the Hungarians confidently asserted that their rivals were simply too scared to face them before the match. Budapest seemed to emulate this latter sentiment.

The start of the match was quite the revelation for the Magyars, for Al-Andalus didn't waste any time pouncing at the net. On minute '8, Usman Dembele kicked a long shot over to Benasir Silwa, who then made a powerful strike towards the Hungarian net. It wasn't a goal, but rather an alarming wake-up call for a completely disorganized and uninspired Magyar team, which suddenly began to realize the size of the beast they were now facing. This wasn't going to be an easy victory. Either they wised up, or got destroyed by Al-Andalus.

It wasn't quite that simple. On minute '15, Hungary's N. Stanciu lost the ball to a rushing Yahia Mutinyia, who passed it over to Silwa. The entire defense of Al-Andalus suddenly surged to block their Hungarian counterparts as Mutinyia and Silwa attacked. Mutinyia feigned to strike, causing goalie P. Gulácsi to fall over. It was then rather easy for him to place the ball in the net, setting the score 1-0.

It was a rather stunning display of athleticism and aggressiveness. The Andalusians had established who was the superior team, and the Hungarians could not counter this notion. Overly confident and not expecting a difficult match, they were thrown off their pedestal by a ruthless and powerful rival and forced to readapt. Some would argue that the Magyars managed to regain their footing, for the remainder of the first half was devoid of any offensive plays by Al-Andalus. However, commentators noted that this was due to their own unwillingness to do it rather than due to any improvement in gameplay the Hungarians had achieved. Hungary timidly prodded and poked the Andalusians, although nothing really happened. Both teams silently returned to their lockers once minute '45 arrived.

The Hungarians were certain that a focus on offensive could overturn the 1-0, should the Andalusians continue to play as they did for the later part of the first half. For the Al-Andalusia team, the strategy centered around exploiting the one glaring weakness the Magyars had - their confidence - which they had fostered by playing weakly, with only the starting plays to secure a 1-0 victory should their plan fail. Now that their rivals were sure of themselves, it was time to come out with fury.

Starting the second half, little could've prepared the Hungarians for the onslaught they were about to experience. The Andalusians drove right into them like a lightning strike, obliterating any sense of coordination or strategy the Magyars had built. It was football carnage: on minute '54, Islam Runalj caught a pass from Mutinya and dove into defender W. Orban, before slamming the ball into the top-left corner of the net. On minute '60, Marwan Fellaini drove into the Hungarian area and caught the goalie off-guard, placing the score at 3-0. A humiliating loss for a now completely disheartened Magyar team, although the onslaught was yet to finish.

On minute '86, Fransisqo Swarez and Silwa took to the net once again, completely on their own, rushing past a barrage of Hungarian players, swiftly making their way towards their opponents

WIP
 
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Roman Republic 1:1 Federal Republic of Scandinavia
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Roman Republic:

Coach: Dimitrios Rodilis

Lineup:

Karolos Rodiadis

Eftichis Kappou
Markos Adamos
Loukas Gabrillis
Mihalis Mutoulis

Paraskevas Apostolallis (70' Vissarion Minides)
Efstathios Hondrou
Socratis Maneas
Marcos Politatos (87' Leonidas Gerakis)

Achilleas Manallis
Thomas Romaniadis (64' Anthimos Tassas)

Federal Republic of Scandinavia

Coach: Janne Andersson

Lineup:

Tobias Ludvigsson

Kristoffer Halvorsen
Markus Hoelgaard
(90+3' Sindre Lunke) Lucas Eriksson
Tobias Foss

Rasmus Tillier
(74'Vegard Stake Længen) Andreas Leknessund
Awet Gebremedhin

(58' Carl Fredrik Hagen) Alexander Kristoff
Amund Grondahl Jansen
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Roman Republic 1 - 1 Federal Republic of Scandinavia

Goals:
0-1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (71')
1-1 Socratis Maneas (86')

Yellow cards: 6-6
Red cards: 0-0

Referee: Kwiatosław Sniegowski (United Commonwealth) - Grade A:
No mistakes in this match, which was relatively easy to referee.


Both coaches mostly fielded their best players, however, Janne Andersson chose a more offensive version of the usual 4-3-3 formation thus fielding Rasmus Tillier as a second central midfielder with Andreas Leknessund, instead of defensive midfielder Vegard Stake Længen.

But the entire first half saw no promising opportunities or chances created at all. Both teams just passed the ball back and forth in midfield, and the only times when one of the goalkeepers - in both cases, it was Karolos Rodiadis - had to intervene were a powerful, but effectively harmless shot by Leknessund (29') and a cross/shot attempt by Amund Jensen on the far right, from a very tight angle (44').

When this passing around - including a lot of bad passes on both sides - continued into the second half, spectators booed, whistled and began to decry this match as the "Disgrace of Frankfurt" or, milder, the Flaute von Frankfurt ("Frankfurt Lull"). The only exception was Socratis Maneas having outpaced Kristoffer Halvorsen, but due to lack of support by any other Roman players, he had to take a shot himself (57') and only hit the side netting.

Surprisingly though, the ante was upped by both teams as they had made their first substitutions. One of the most ineffective players, Alexander Kristoff ( only 21 touches!), was taken off for the brother of another striker - the Hagen brothers now were on the pitch together!

As Socratis Maneas once again outpaced Halvorsen, this time he managed to play a dangerous "banana" cross to the left. It reached Efstathios Hondrou perfectly, and his shot was so tricky that Tobias Ludvigsson - his sight blocked by Tobias Foss - could just barely save it around the left post (68').

The impasse had been overcome. Just minutes later, Tobias Foss on the right wing played an excellent long pass forward to Awet Gebremedhin, who outwitted first Markos Adamos and then Eftichis Kappou, crossing the ball - now from a far-left position - onto Edvald Boasson Hagen! And he outjumped both Adamos and Gabrillis and headed it in! 0-1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (71')!

And the Andersson team was now determined to knick the three points from Frankfurt! Andersson brought Stake Længen on for Leknessund, switching to a somewhat more defensive formation. Another cross by Gebremedhin, this time from a centre-right position, was cleared out by Markos Adamos for a corner, which Gebremedhin took short with a safe pass to Tobias Foss. The cross Foss brought into the penalty area found the head of Vegard Stake Længen, whose header hit the post! Rodiadis would have been without a chance (75')!

However, the Rodilis team also profited - in the form of space that can be exploited for counterattacks. Efstathis Hondriou was woefully left alone on the left wing, and as he came into the penalty box, he passed the ball to Vissarion Minides, whose shot was aimed too centrally though and could be saved by Ludvigsson (82')!

But then, the Romans started to put pressure on the Andersson team. And indeed, Rasmus Tillier lost the ball to Vissarion Minides, who played onto the right wing of Socratis Maneas. Over Minides and Anthimos Tassas, the ball ended up with Maneas again, now just metres away from the goal in a centre-right position! And Maneas was taken down with a robust attempt by Tobias Ludvigsson! The ball went out, but this was a clear-cut penalty!

As Paraskevas Apostolallis had already been taken off, Socratis Maneas took responsibility .. and feigned shooting into the right, but aimed for the left corner! Ludvigsson, on his way to the right, had no chance! 1-1 Socratis Maneas (86')!

Both teams had several veritable opportunities to take home victory in the last few minutes of the match - notably Gerakis with a header after a corner was brought in from Hondriou (89'), but also a lovely and promising shot from Gebremedhin (90+1'), but none of the two sides managed to score. In the end, the draw was a deserved result and spectators could go home at least having watched a match worthy of being called that, even if only during the last twenty or twenty-five minutes...
 
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