MATCH REPORT: XMIFC v Jimei Chengyi
XMIFC faced Jimei Chengyi in Xiamen Super League last weekend. It was an important game for both teams, Jimei Chengyi wanted to stay close to the top of the league and stay inside the title fight, XMIFC wanted to close in on the leaders after they slipped up against Guanshi FC. Last time these two teams met it was a 2-0 win for XMIFC side.
XMIFC started game on a backfoot, Jimei Chengyi created some one on one chances but they lacked the golden touch, XMIFC keeper also made few stops, denying Jimei Chengyi from taking an early lead. After the opening sequence XMIFC found their balance pushed forward and created many clear chances, first of which came with Maxime narrowly sailing over the bar. Next opportunity for XMIFC also came with Maxime and was converted, Maxime`s shot from a narrow angle found the back of the net despite the keepers best effort, 1-0. XMIFC had a couple of long distance chances with Michal, one of which was saved by Chengyi`s No.1. Near the end of first half XMIFC had a very good chance with Fabian, a one on one chance with keeper. Fabian could not get the ball out of his foot to make a shot. First half ended 1-0 to XMIFC.
In second half XMIFC started very fast, creating chances, the best one was with Alessio near the 60th minute, he did well to take on and beat a Chengyi defender to put himself in a one on one situation with the keeper. Keeper was just equal to his shot pushing it just wide of the goal.
After this chance XMIFC started to play more and more defensively as Jimei Chengyi pushed for an equalizer, with good defending from XMIFC, Jimei Chengyi was unable to create clear chances. XMIFC put up a strong defensive show for the majority of the game.
Now desperate Jimei Chengyi pushed for a final attempt for a goal with a corner. It was stoppage time now. A low cross to the front post beat XMIFC players, found a head of a Chengyi player, bounced off of the goalkeeper Oz and just found the back of the net, giving Jimei Chengyi the goal and the point they needed. The game ended right after the kick off, leaving XMIFC unable to hit back.
After this game XMIFC now sits 2nd in the table, 4 points behind the leaders Dongyuhang. Next week XMIFC is facing Zhenhao in a top of the table clash. Zhenhao is 3rd in the table and has the same amount of points as XMIFC.
Jimei Chengyi: 1
PHOTOS COURTESY OF WAYNE LEE