Recent News Cosmos defeat South China Football Team On Penalties Kicks !
SMI SPORTS / February 19, 2015
HONG KONG (SMI-WIRE,02.19.15)The New York Cosmos trailed on two different occasions against South China Football Team in the Lunar New Year AET Cup in Hong Kong, but rallied to tie the game twice in regulation before emerging victors in the penalty kick shootout.
A late goal from substitute Andres Flores in the 88th minute enabled the Cosmos to tie the game at 2-2 and push the competition to penalty kicks. During the penalty shootout the Cosmos won 4-2 with the game-winning penalty coming from midfielder Adam Moffat.Midfielder Flores entered in the 71st minute and immediately was a breath of fresh air in the crucial minutes. The 24-year old dribbled just inside the penalty area before delivering a strike to the far side that was beyond the reach of South China goalie Cristian Mora for the equalizer.
Raúl started off the penalty kick session with a goal to the lower left, before Maurer saved Chan Wai Ho’s effort with a sprawling save to his right. Andres Flores, Hunter Freeman, then finally Adam Moffat tallied goals in the penalty kicks, with Walter Restrepo missing the fourth Cosmos penalty kick.
Raúl, the all-time leading scorer at Real Madrid and former captain of the Spanish national team, was a centerpiece for the new Cosmos attack and has already been a strong influence on members of the team such as midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti.
“Every practice I try to learn as much as I can from him,” Guenzatti said. “I try to be like a sponge because he has won everything. He’s a great guy and a great person.”
“We’ve only been training for a week and a half,” said Cosmos coach Gio Savarese. “To come to Hong Kong and play one of their top teams that’s in the middle of their season, and be able to get a win is a good start for us.”
In the 71st minute, Awal sped down the far sideline, nearly lost possession, recollected himself, and beat Maurer on a close opportunity. The goal gave South China the lead at 2-1 for the second timein the game.
South China had originally taken the lead when Chan Siu Ki deposited a rebound in the 19th minute to get his squad on the board first. The all-time leading scorer for the Hong Kong national team, found himself in perfect position for the opening goal after Lo Kong Wai’s shot deflected off both goal posts.
Midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti was able to equalize for the Cosmos in the 23rd minute after finishing a cross sent in by Hunter Gorskie on a give-and-go with a scissor kick that slid past South China keeper Cristian Mora.
With the decision over South China, the Cosmos take another step closer to the beginning of regular season NASL play.