Classics taught a lesson........
The first half of this game was played at a fierce pace with chances going to both sides. It was Europa who opened the scoring in the 15th. minute when they got a break-away and the shot gave Garry Hackel no chance. Dave Moore retired through a groin injury and Rick Geary returned to the heart of defence, once again rebuilding the 'Twin Towers' with Chuck McGill.
The second half was played in a very competitive manner with Europa getting the better chances and moving into a 3-0 lead midway through the half. The Classics did reduce the deficit by one when Hans Erker picked up a loose ball 18 yards out. With the goalkeeper out of position, Erker hit a fine chip towards the goal. The defending keeper got a hand to the shot but could only parry it against the far post, from where it ricocheted into the net. A fine goal!
It was all downhill from that point as Europa took command of the game. They played an exciting direct style where every man worked tirelessly for one another and the Classics had to finish the game as virtual spectators. It was no surprise that Europe rattled in another two goals to run out deserved 5-1 winners.
Hackel played his heart out and deserved the 'man of the match' award even though he was beaten five times. All in all a bad day at the office. Four games played and still looking for that elusive first victory.