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June 10, 2013 6:00 PM SGT
Jalan Besar Stadium — Singapore
 

Late winner for Frankfurt in thriller against Arsenal

The German side marked their debut in the 25th Canon Lion City Cup with victory, after surviving a rousing fightback with a stunning late winner

By Afifah Arifin

Frankfurt, Arsenal, LCC
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The second round of the 25th Canon Lion City Cup began with an exciting display of attacking football between invited teams Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday evening.

The Germans were looking for an opening win, while their opponents eyed a second successive victory. The Gunners fielded a very different squad from last Saturday’s win against NFA U16, retaining only four players from that line-up here, and that perhaps cost them as they went down 4-3 in a thriller.

Barely 30 seconds into the match, the boys from Frankfurt made their mark when striker Nils Herdt pounced on a loose pass before smashing it past Arsenal goalkeeper Bradley House to put them ahead.

A messy fumble in Arsenal’s defence then easily allowed Frankfurt’s no. 7 Ahmed Diack to put his side up 2-0 in the 24th minute.

Three minutes after the half-hour, Frankfurt goalkeeper Christian Seemann’s clumsy tackle on Arsenal’s Christopher Willock in the six-yard box gave the Gunners a chance to get back into the game. The youngster picked himself up and calmly converted the penalty, sending in the opposite direction.

Nonetheless, it didn’t take long for Frankfurt to bring home another goal. Herdt once again placed his name on the score-sheet, clinically heading in a corner from teammate Murat Akcay.

The first half concluded with a 3-1 scoreline in favour of Frankfurt, whose on pitch performance remained true to German football philosophy.

Entering the second half, Gunners coach Patrick Ampadu made several changes to his side, replacing five players to boost his team’s attack. His tactical changes paid off just two minutes into the half, when defender Ukasyah Wallace drove home Arsenal’s second goal from close range.

From the vibrancy of Arsenal’s new style of play, it was no surprise when they leveled the score, much to the delight of the Arsenal supporters in the stadium.

Captain Kaylen Hinds headed home the equaliser from a Willock corner in the 49th minute of the game, as the Gunners produced a rousing comeback.

But just five minutes from time, a stunning goal by Adrian Matuschewski from 30 yards out gave his side that much needed goal to win the game, as the Frankfurt players leapt for joy at the final whistle.


Arsenal U15

13
Bradley Roy House
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
5
 - 
4
 - 
14
Michel Parker
Defender
40′
 - 
16
 - 
11
 - 
12
 - 
18
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17
 - 
8
 - 

Eintracht Frankfurt U15

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1
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3
 - 
5
 - 
2
Volkan Egri
Defender
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13
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8
 - 
7
 - 
10
Murat Akcay
Midfielder
40′ 75′
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9
Nils Herdt
Striker
1′ 40′ 68′
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11

Substitutes

1
 - 
10
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15
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9
 - 
6
Harry Donovan
Midfielder
40′
 - 
2
 - 
7
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
17
 - 
12
 - 
16
 - 
6
Marvin Diehl
Midfielder
74′
 - 
15
 - 
22
Jan Hoffelner
Goalkeeper
 - 
14

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