Arsenal and Eintracht played out their 3rd place Canon Lion City Cup play-off match under intense heat at Jalan Besar Stadium this afternoon.
The final result was almost similar to that of their earlier Group A match. Eintracht came out winners for the second time with a score of 3-2. Adrian Matuschewski was crowned Man-of-the-Match after scoring two goals.
In a bid to give some their reserve players a good run out, both teams made several changes in their starting eleven.
Einracht came close to taking an early lead in the sixth minute when Murat Ackay’s left foot shot had Bradley House beaten but not the post. Midfielder Adrian Matuschewski then justified his manager’s selection with his second and third goals of the tournament in the ninth and twenty-seventh minute.
Matushchewski almost completed his hat-trick in the 37th minute. His deflected free kick went straight into the keeper’s arms. Just before half time, Marvin Diehl failed to convert an easy chance after good play down the left wing from Ahmed Diack.
Diehl would make amends after the restart however with a moment of magic. From outside the area, Diehl hit an exquisite shot with the outside of his right boot to extend Eintracht’s lead to 3-0.
Arsenal, who seemed affected by the afternoon heat, finally came alive in the 46th minute when Tolaji Bola managed to get a goal back. Bola continually caused problems down Eintracht’s right flank.
The English side looked to exploit the full width of the pitch with pacey wingers Chris Willock and Faiq Bolkiah coming on. Willock, especially, was full of determination and in the 67th minute, reduced the deficit to one goal. Eintracht goalkeeper Hoffelner had kept out Mavididi’s header but was powerless to stop Willock’s follow up.
Mavididi had two golden chances to equalise for Arsenal in stoppage time. The powerful striker saw his first chance go wide of the post, and then Hoffelner produced another good save for the second to deny Arsenal any chance of a comeback.