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Imortal 4 the 11 Esperanças 1

As I said, a jolly end of season outing against a team already relegated and playing like it. All four goals were scored by Bastian. one of the younger players who has recently been in the team, no doubt with an eye to next season.

The weather was sunny and windy, the pitch immaculate but the crowd sparse. Benfica were playing their decisive match on live TV. There is no 'protection' here for lower league teams from TV, a rigid adherence to the 1700hrs ko meant that many preferred to sit in front of TV.

Imortal did take a while to get going. The opening goal did not come until stoppage time at the end of the first half. The visitors' goalkeeper was called into action before that, making very good saves from Oliveira, Canito and Santos. Maia made some good runs down the right wing, but the final ball was often not good enough. For their part, the visitors were pinned back into their defensive third and made only one break which was quickly snuffed out by good defending.

The first goal was a bit of luck. After that rare attack, Bastian had been set up by a good clearance and counter attack and sped off into enemy territory, He stumbled slightly, recovered and rolled an accurate shot past the advancing 'keeper.

Spurred on by this, Imortal came out early for the second half. But it was 11 Esperanças that started the better. A bit of wind assistance had Imortal's defence in a mess, an attempted clearance went higher than it went away, the ball fell nicely on the edge of the area to one Ze Roberto, whose first time shot flew low and hard past Nelio's dive for the equaliser.

That goal seemed to upset Imortal's rythm, two quick yellow cards further did so. The ref ran 50 yards to book captain Rodrigues for some very audible dissent when Canito was supposed to have fouled someone down the other end. Oliveira was booked for a rather strong reaction after he was fouled. His temper needs to be conntrolled!

Things calmed down and after a quarter of an hour a quick move down the centre set up Bastian twenty yards out. Almost in slow motion he turned and shot, accurately and powerfully. The goalkeeper got in the way but couldn't prevent the score.

It was 3-1 ten minutes later, this time a perfectly controlled near post header from a cross jinked in from the left wing. Same man, that was his hat-trick.

He could and should have made it four a few minutes later, but lobbed over the goal when it was easier to score. The game began to drag a bit, not helped by two very long drawn out substitutions. Seems that the visitors man holding aloft the board didn't feel like doing the number until the ref said, on you come!

Imortal's fourth came a few minutes before the end. Oliveira, a peripheral figure for much of the game, finally got himself into a good position inside the area,only to be unceremoniously hacked down by the goalkeeper. The ball rolled over to Bastian who tapped it home from six yards before the ref could blow for a penalty.

He then managed to blast yet another chance way over the bar, before being subbed for his well deserved personal clap.

Imortal's season finishes next Saturday with a visit to Culatrense at the dump that passes for a football ground at Penha, in Faro. Ko is at 5pm / 1700rs. I don't know whether to go or not!

Match stats

Free kicks conceded : Imortal 21, 11 Esperanças 15, typical Portuguese game!
Offside : Imortal 6, 11 Esperanças 4
Shots on target : Imortal 6, 11 Esperanças 1
Shots off target  Imortal 7, 11 Esperanças 5
Shots blocked : Imortal 2, 11 Esperanças 1
Corners : Imortal 9 (7 in the first half), 11 Esperanças 3
Yellow cards : Imortal 4, 11 Esperanças 1.
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Final game of the season, Culatrense 0 Imortal 1. I was unable to go owing to the timing of the game.

Imortal finish top of the 'relegation' group after the second phase. Only two defeats in the last 18 games looks well for next season. If they can keep the players.
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