Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ely City 6 Braintree Reserves 1

On Saturday it was back to the somewhat less iconic surroundings of the Unwin Ground to see Ely City take on Braintree Reserves. It might not have been as grand as Dortmund, but we were treated to another goal fest.

Braintree came into the game with some decent form, but this was to be one of the most one sided games I've seen and the visitors were actually flattered by the score.

In the opening few minutes Seymour hit the woodwork and Simpson and Theobold came close before the Robins took the lead on 10 minutes when Theobold latched on to a defensive error to break the deadlock. The Robins carried on and Theobold hit the woodwork this time with Seymour and Simpson again coming close before Simpson carried on his fine goal scoring form to make it 2-0 on 40 minutes.

In the second half Braintree dug in a bit, but on 69 minutes an Alsop free kick alluded everyone and squeezed into the goal. Simpson then got another one with a 25 yard lob before Braintree scored the goal of the match. It was little consellaton though as Seymour got a tap in and substitute Goodge added to the tally to make it 6-1 to the hosts.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ciro Ferrera

I was in Turin a couple of weeks ago and accidentally on purpose bumped into ex Juventino and Napoli player Ciro Ferrera. We had seen him commentating on the Juve v Borrusia Mornchengladbach game. It was mentioned he owned a restaurant called Da Ciro in the city and was often to be seen there. We went for a pizza there at lunch and the great man himself was tucking into one. Great pizza,  Ciro!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Borussia Dortmund 7 Paderborn 1

On Wednesday the moment we had been waiting for finally came when we took up our seats in the Westfallen Stadion to see Borrusia Dortmund take on Paderborn in the DFB Pokal. Everything went well and despite it being an early kick off in a mid week cup game the stadium was still rocking. One disappointment was that Aubameyang and Reus weren't playing after they had single handedly taken Augsburg apart at the weekend. In came Adrian Ramos and Gonzalo Castro for the two.

Things got off to a bright enough start with only Ramos's first touch and offsides saving Paderborn. However, things took a turn for the worse when Burki lost his head on 21 minutes and a grateful Lakic put the visitors ahead. Our worries didn't last for long though, as just 4 minutes later Adrian Ramos finally did what he was supposed to do and equalised from an angled shot. On 30 minutes the turnaround was complete when Castro scored after a clever back heel from Kagawa. It was 3-1 by the break when Kagawa scored a brilliant solo goal.

If you thought BVB might let up then you were wrong they continued to come out firing in the second half and on 55 minutes Ginter was tripped in the box and Gundogan stepped up to slot home (shown below).

Castro got another on 58 and then Mkhitaryan did all the work for Piszcek to slot home on 87 before Piszcek returned the favour for Mkhitaryan to make it 7 and send us home happy after the celebrations had subsided.

The Black and Gold Wall

Luckily the Sud Tribune were also early and in good voice!

We arrive too early at Westfallen Stadion

As usual we got in the ground before Dortmund took on Paderborn too early.

Dortmund landmark

Dortmund U Building. The one we didn't see last time and suitable visuals used for a trip to BVB.

Dortmund 2015

Last year we came and saw Borrusia Dortmund lose 1-0 to Hannover. This time we were luckier as the boys in black and gold beat Paderborn 7-1. Here are a few photos from before the game this time.