2015 Friendly Games
11 May 2015
Hungary and Portugal using friendlies to improve
May 4th-6th at Rio Maior in Portugal was reserved for intense training and exhibition matches with the National Selections and a local club
The training camp in Portugal began on the 4th of May and it was kick started by the Hungarian National Team taking on the club team, Casa do Benfica de Loures, from Portugal. The final two days, amid the training, had Hungary face-off agains the Portuguese National Team. The big season and year has already begun, however both teams have been training with vigor and purpose, leading up to the European Games Baku 2015, in which both teams will be participating.
First up for Hungary was the club team from Loures, and it proved to be the Hungarians’ only win. Though it was not as easy as the final score, 8-1, shows. The two sides were level after one period, tied at 1, before the Hungarians pulled away with three and four goals in the second and third periods. Fekete had a wonderful week scoring and this was the first display of that, as he netted four goals.
The first match between the international teams was extremely thrilling, with Portugal coming out on top 4-2. The tight score only shows you the goals but the action and drama was very much in abundance. Hungary surprised the upcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2015 hosts, by scoring first and taking a 1-0 lead into the first break. The second period saw the Portuguese come to life, scoring twice, but the Golden Team also scored, putting the score at 2-2 going into the final period. The last 12 minutes belonged to the Portuguese and they scored the goals of the frame, albeit two, and the match ended with Portugal up 4-2. It was another great day for Fekete, who score all his teams’ goals, two, while leaving his goal tally at six goals through two days.
Exciting does not begin to describe this final match on May 6th, as both teams fought hard and in the end it was clutch play by Portugal that sent them back home happy, winning 5-3. The opening frame was chock full of goals, five to be exact, with Portugal scoring three of those goals. Both sides scored middle frame goal and still only one goal separated the sides, 4-3 for Portugal, going into the final period. The last twelve minutes had only one goal, but it was the insurance goal that the hosts needed as they hung on for the 5-3 win. The familiar opponents will see each other again very soon in Baku. The European Games begin on the 12th of June, however, it is the 24th that will mark the start for Beach Soccer.