Monday, July 21, 2014

Cambridge United 2 Espanyol 2

The second game of the tournament was certainly action packed when a resilient Cambridge United took on a silky Espanyol side who liked to pass the ball around with some style.

The early chances in the game all fell to Espanyol who hit the woodwork 3 times. Not surprisingly with so much pressure the Spanish side took the lead on 27 minutes when Marc Gual slotted home. The lead was short lived though, as on 35 minutes Tom Elliot headed home to bring the home team back into the game.

Espanyol came close to taking the lead again when Ivan Sales beat half of the Cambridge team just before hitting the woodwork yet again, however despite all the chances it was still 1-1 when the teams went in at the break.

If the first half was all about Espanyol then the second half was all Cambridge. Just after half time Elliot doubled his and the U's tally by setting off down the wing and slotting the ball past Ruiz. Dunk was also causing Espanyol problems down the wing and Elliot was looking for his hat trick.

However, like the Shakhtar and West Ham game a raft of substitutes altered the flow of the game and Espanyol started to dominate again. In the final minute Pol Mikel Lirola ran down the flank and squared the ball to Martinez who slotted home.

A draw was probably a fair result in what was a very entertaining match.

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