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Trujillo: “Lincoln are the team to beat”

Monday Night Football saw Europa FC take on Glacis United in the Gibraltar Premier Division. Europa ran out comfortable winners beating Glacis Utd 6-0, Antonio Trujillo hat-trick, brace from Pedro Carrion & an own goal from Campos secured victory. We caught up with the hat-trick hero Antonio Trujillo.

Firstly Trujillo reflect on how the game against Glacis went, “I am very happy with how the game went and to get a hat-trick makes it even better. Sometimes the smaller teams like to sit back and defend and makes it difficult to score goals.” 

After Manchester 62’s poor start to the season and their recent loss to St Joseph’s, we asked Trujillo if the league has changed to a two horse race, “Lincoln is a great and they are the team to beat, they are our rivals and we are on par with them.”

Lastly Trujillo gave us an insight into his and Europa’s ambitions, “First of all it’s the points then the goals and the rest will follow. “

 

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Match Report – Europa FC 6-0 Glacis United

Antonio Trujillo continued his stunning start to his Europa career by plundering a hat-trick in his sides 6-0 victory over Glacis United. A brace from Pedro Carrion & an own goal from Daniel Campos completed the rout. 

The first half got underway with Europa on the attack and nearly opened the scoring early on as Pedro Carrion capitalised on a Glacis defence but his shot was saved by Jose Rico Perez. Europa broke the deadlock fifteen minutes in, Antonio Trujillo’s long range thunderbolt flew straight into the top corner, giving Rico Perez no chance. 

Ten minutes later Europa doubled their lead, Jose Miguel ‘Joselinho’ did well to cut inside the area and his low cross was put into his own net by Glacis Utd defender Daniel Campos. Europa continued to dominate and nearly made it 3-0 before halftime, Antonio Trujillo smashed his free-kick onto the post and the rebound was cleared. 

Within three minutes of the second half restarting Europa made it 3-0, Pedro Carrion capitalised on a Rico Perez mistake and tapped his shot into an empty net. Three minutes later Europa made it 4-0, Joselinho’s cross found Trujillo at the back post to slot his shot away.

Europa keeper Javi Munoz made his first save in the 65th minute keeping out a long range striker from German Cortes. With less than ten minutes remaining Europa made it 5-0, Ivan Tornay was played through on goal, his shot beat Rico Perez and was tapped in by Carrion. 

Near the end Glacis went down to 10 men as ex-Europa midfielder Leandro Pereyra was sent off for a rash challenge on Tornay, earning himself a second booking. Antonio Trujillo stepped up and floated his free-kick over the head of Jose Rico Perez from nearly half-pitch to make it 6-0.

The game restarted and referee Glen Gilbert blew for full-time, this win sees Europa move into second while Glacis move to the bottom of the league.

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Match Report: Gibraltar United 0-2 Europa FC

Goals from Pedro Carrion and Javi Martinez saw Europa FC beat Gibraltar United 2-0 in the Premier Division.

Two sides with completely polar opposite ideologies took to the field in a game with much hype surrounding it. While Gibraltar United kept to their philosophy of only playing local players, Europa lined up with 11 foreign players.  Both sides have enjoyed recent success from their transfer policies, but tonight it was Europa who came out on top.

It took just five minutes for Europa to take the lead, as Carrion met Tornay’s flick to score past Goldwin in the Gib United goal. From there, you may have feared the floodgates might open, but Gib United have a strong team of players and Europa would have to work hard throughout the game to secure the three points.

The rest of the first half played out in similar fashion, but Goldwin was up to the task of keeping his side in with a chance of taking something from the game, much like they did against Britannia.

Understandably, last season’s Second Division champions were naturally the underdog in this game, but fought throughout and showed the kind of determination that will see them pick up more points across the season.

It took until the 77th minute for Europa to get the second goal, and wrap up the victory.  A cross from the left hand side was finished off very well by Martinez, and after Lincoln had won by the same scoreline earlier on, Europa kept up the pace with last season’s champions.

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Bernando Lopes header earns Lincoln point

Late header from debutant Bernado Lopes earns Lincoln Red Imps a point after Antonio Trujilo gave Europa FC the lead early into the second half.

The first half got underway with Europa in control and earned themselves an early corner, Adrian Leiva whipped in a cross which was cleared by Joseph Chipolina. Europa started the half the strongest side and nearly took the lead, some great play between Morales and Javi Martinez saw Martinez played through on goal and the winger smash his effort onto the post and the rebound cleared off the line by Jean Carlos Garcia.

As the game went on Lincoln slowly started getting more involved, Joseph Chipolina’s shot from range went inches wide of Javi Munoz’s goal. Minutes later Lincoln nearly took the lead, George Cabrera beat Javi Munoz to the ball, just when Cabrera was about to shoot, Jesus Negrillo recovered well and blocked his shot. Lincoln ended the half the strongest side, Liam Walker skipped past Ivan Tornay and played Lee Casciaro through on goal but keeper Javi Munoz was quick off his line and cleared.

Just before half-time Lincoln had a great chance to take the lead, George Cabrera latched onto a Joseph Chipolina through ball and looked certain to score but Europa defender Jesus Negrillo made a great last ditch challenge and clear the ball. The referee blew for halftime with the score at 0-0.

The second half started with Europa on the attack and had the first chance of the half, Jose Barranco’s was saved by Raul Navas. Minutes later Europa broke the deadlock, a mix-up between Raul Navas & Roy Chipolina saw Europa striker Antonio Trujillo capitalise and slot his shot away. 

As the game went on Lincoln grew stronger, Liam Walker free-kick hit the post and minutes later Joseph Chipolina’s long range drive was saved superbly by Javi Munoz. Debutant Antonio Livramento hit the post soon after. Lincoln equalised midway through the half, a corner was whipped in and met by debutant Bernando Lopes who rose above his marker and headed in, giving Javi Munoz no chance.

With the scores at 1-1, Europa were defending deep and looked happy to stay with a point. Europa keeper Javi Munoz made a great save to keep out a close range shot from Liam Walker. Europa sprung a counter-attack, Jose Yared played the ball to Jesus Negrillo on the wing, the full-back’s cross found Pedro Carrion but the striker smashed over from a few yards out.

With the game nearing full-time and the scores locked at 1-1 Lincoln went up a gear and through everything at the solid Europa defence, Lee Casciaro was played through on goal and looked likely to score but Javi Munoz made a great save to keep it out. Javi Munoz was called into action minutes later saving a shot from Joseph Chipolina. 

With less than five minutes remaining Lincoln nearly got the winner, Liam Walker whipped in a free-kick from the halfway line which found Joseph Chipolina, the full-back’s shot hit the crossbar and went out for a goal-kick. Europa had the last chance of the game, a corner was whipped in and headed off the line by captain Roy Chipolina. Few seconds later referee Jason Barcelo blew for full-time with the score at 1-1.

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Europa FC vs Lincoln Red Imps: Match Preview

Tonight’s Premier Division game sees a repeat of last week’s Pepe Reyes Cup, as Europa FC face Lincoln Red Imps, hoping to avenge their 3-2 defeat after extra time nine days ago.

Europa came back twice from behind, including an 85th minute equaliser, and with aspirations of winning the title this year, last season’s runners up know a win tonight would go some way towards proving they can potentially end the domination of Lincoln in Gibraltar.

Before the game, we caught up with a player from each side to gather their thoughts about last weekend’s game. Lincoln’s Yeray Patiño Blasco, who signed from Spanish side La Nucia, made his debut in the Pepe Reyes Cup match, and had this to say:

“It went well, we had a good feeling. We had chances to create an even bigger advantage in the scoreline but they wouldn’t go in. We haven’t been able to reach our best level physically but we responded as a team and fought well. Bit by bit we shall pick up our form as we play more matches and hopefully secure some wins.”

As for Europa, one of their more notable signings was that of Juan Joze Bezares, with the 34-year-old having La Liga experience with both Sevilla and Cadiz. Bezares had this to say about the previous match, as well as tonight’s clash:

“The match was a good one and we played with a lot of intention. We experienced a great final in the Pepe Reyes Cup, so this one will be no different. It will be challenging as always against Lincoln but we are hungry to get a win for our team. The league is going to be exciting this year since there are a few teams who have strong squads and it’s going to be a hard fight for the title until the very end.”

Betting:

Bet365 are offering odds on tonight’s game between the two sides. Despite drawing after 90 minutes last week, both a repeat of that result tonight, and a win for Europa, are priced at 3/1. Last season’s champions go into the game as 8/13 favourites, although it is worth noting they lost their opening game of last season 1-0 to Lynx.

If you fancy Lincoln to repeat the 3-2 scoreline in 90 minutes tonight, the odds on that score are 18/1. With both teams possessing talent in attack, a high-scoring affair seems likely tonight at the Victoria Stadium.


Europa FC vs Lincoln kicks off at 20:30 tonight, and we will provide live updates of the game via Twitter @FGScoreCentre

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Cafer: “We want to win the league & play Champions League football”

Ahead of Europa FC’s game with Lincoln Red Imps tonight, we caught up with Europa keeper Matt Cafer as he gave us his thoughts on the upcoming season.

matt caferEuropa finished last season second in the league and were able to qualify for the Europa League, Cafer reflected on how the season went, ” I think last season was a disappointing season for the club, although we managed to qualify for Europa League which is a great success in its own, for Lincoln to finish 14 points ahead of us, that was a real let down for us. We wanted to be challenging for the title the whole way through the year and unfortunately we let ourselves down there.”

Last Saturday Europa played against Lincoln in the Pepe Reyes Cup with Lincoln winning 3-2 in extra-time, Cafer was unable to play due to an elbow injury but he gave us his thoughts on the game, “Unfortunately i didn’t play the Pepe Reyes cup, I’ve got a slight problem with my elbow which has been restricting me training at the moment, but I thought the team did well, the first half wasn’t a spectacle for the fans I think we came out a little nervous, but once we got our heads in the game, I think you can see the change in the second half, our fitness and quality was clear in the second half. We were unlucky hitting the post at 2-2 and then Lincoln do what they do best, and find that winner.”


Europa have by far been the busiest this summer in the Premier Division bringing in a whole new squad, we asked Cafer if he was happy with the business done by Europa, “I think everyone can see we have been the busiest in the transfer market this year, basically replacing the whole squad, with me being one of the few if not the only surviving player.So far the players that have come in have shown real, real quality and the managers set a high standard of professionalism for themselves and for the team that Gibmatt cafer.jpg-pwrt3raltar has never seen, and once the players click together and we start playing our game I personally think we’ll be a very difficult team to beat.

Cafer added, “Yeah course I’m upset to see some of my old teammates my friends depart and leave but that’s football. Some of them I’ll be playing against this year in Gibraltar! Others unfortunately I won’t! (Jamie Robba I wish him all the best in France), (Jamie Bosio in England) and Juanse Gib’s best player a big shame he won’t be playing here this year. There’s a few very very good players, but I’ll let you make your mind up about that today. I don’t want to give too much away” 

Lastly, Cafer gave us an insight into his and Europa’s ambitions for this season, “This is the easiest question yet, we want to win the league! We want to play champions league next year! And there’s no better way of stating our intent than by winning on Monday and for me personally, get back to 100% fit and get back playing minutes and games. That’s what you need as a player.”


 

Football Gibraltar would like to thank Matt Cafer for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future.

 

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Lee Casciaro nets winner as Lincoln beat Europa

A late Lee Casciaro winner saw Lincoln won the Pepe Reyes Cup tonight after a 3-2 win after extra time against Europa FC.

The game finished 2-2 after 90 minutes, after goals from Joseph Chipolina, and Casciaro’s first of the evening, were cancelled out by a Joselinho brace. 

The first half started with Lincoln on the attack with Lee Casciaro, Liam Walker and debutant Yeray Blasco combining well causing the Europa defenders a few problems. The Lincoln pressure looked to have paid off when Walker went down in the box but referee Yaro Borg was having none of it and pointed for a goal-kick.

As the game went on Europa started to get themselves more involved, some great skill from Martinez saw him skip past Joseph Chipolina and Ryan Casciaro and whip in a cross which was cleared by Nico Chietino. Raul Navas picked out Walker with a great long ball, Walker turned and sent George Cabrera through on goal but Europa keeper Javi Munoz just managed to beat him to the ball and cleared.

Lincoln broke the deadlock midway through the half, a corner from Walker was whipped in and met by the head of Chipolina who headed the ball past Munoz. Europa players showed their discontentment as they felt their keeper Munoz was fouled in the build-up but Borg didn’t change his decision.

Just before half-time Lincoln nearly made it 2-0, a cross from Walker was met by the head of Cabrera whose effort went just over the bar. Minutes after the referee blew for half-time with Lincoln leading 1-0.

The second half started with Europa on the attack, an odd mistake from Chipolina saw Javi Martinez run through on goal, his shot was excellently saved by Raul Navas. Europa soon got the goal their second half play had merited, as a cross found Joselinho who raised above his marker and headed it past Navas. 

A few minutes after equalising Lincoln got themselves back in-front, a cross found Casciaro who excellently slotted his effort past Munoz. Lincoln continued to pressure and nearly made it 3-1, Walker’s spectacular acrobatics produced a great low save from Munoz. 

Lincoln continued to dominate and produced some good chances between  Chipolina, Casciaro & Yeray but none could find a way past Munoz in the Europa goal. With less than ten minutes remaining Europa got their equaliser. A cross was met at the back post by Joselinho who got his second of the game.

With the game locked at 2-2, Yaro blew for full-time and the game went to extra-time. The first half of extra time saw Europa in total control, Navas produced a great save to keep out a free-kick, this was followed by Antonio Trujillo’s curled effort bringing out another save from Navas. Just before half-time Casciaro saw his headed effort well saved by Munoz.

The second half of extra-time was a more even encounter, as both teams looked deadly on the attack, but neither could create any clear-cut chances. Midway through the half Europa failed to clear a cross, the ball fell to Casciaro whose quick turn and shot was just out of the reach of Munoz and the ball rolled in. With Europa looking for that equaliser, a counter-attack from Lincoln nearly made it 4-2 but Abayian’s effort went wide. The referee blew the whistle shortly after and Lincoln were crowned champions of the Pepe Reyes Cup.

 

 

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Lincoln v Europa: Pepe Reyes Cup Preview

Team News:

Lincoln’s Ryan Casciaro is a doubt for tonight’s game, with questions being raised over the Gibraltar defender’s fitness after he failed to add to his 12 caps against Ireland and Poland earlier in the month.

For Europa, their most notable absentee is new signing Pedro Carrion.  The 37-year-old striker signed from Spanish side Atletico Sanluqueno in the summer,  after scoring 17 goals for his team as they finished fourth in the Tercera Division Group 10, but isn’t able to make his debut for Europa tonight.


Preview

Tonight’s traditional curtain-raiser sees last season’s top two come head-to-head as Europa FC take on Lincoln Red Imps at the Victoria Stadium.

The Red Imps, who won their 13th consecutive league title last season, will go into the match as favourites, but will be wary of a Europa side that have seen another overhaul of their playing squad since the Carrasco brothers took over the management of the team.

Both teams had European campaigns in July, with differing levels of success. While Europa were dumped out of the Europa League 9-0 on aggregate by Slovan Bratislava, Lincoln knocked out Andorran side Santa Coloma in the Champions League First Qualifying Round, before losing 3-0 on aggregate to a FC Midtjylland side who have since beaten the likes of Southampton and Legia Warsaw in the Europa League this season.

Last season, Lincoln won the Pepe Reyes Cup 1-0 against Manchester 62, and a repeat would no doubt suit manager Raul Procopio, as he looks to send a message that his team are still the one to beat in the Gibraltar Premier Division.


Previous Meetings

Lincoln 5 (JP Duarte, Bardon, Walker, Cristori x2) Europa FC 0 Premier Division, May 2nd 2015

Europa FC 0 Lincoln 1 (Walker) Rock Cup, March 15th 2015

Europa FC 2 (Toncheff, Tamayo) Lincoln 2 (L. Casciaro, Walker) Premier Division, January 19th 2015

 

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Pepe Reyes Cup 2015: Manager’s View

Tomorrow [Saturday] sees the Pepe Reyes Cup get underway with holders and league champions Lincoln Red Imps take on a new look Europa FC. Europa come into this game the better prepared side, Lincoln have had a very busy summer, Champions League followed by a much needed holiday for the players which was followed by most of the Lincoln squad departing to link up with the national side, Procopio hasn’t had as much time as he would like seeing as Europa have trained five to six times a week, twice a day.

11391723_648938965236585_7163023303845807053_nAhead of tomorrow’s game, we caught up with both teams managers as they reflect on tomorrow’s big game. Lincoln manager Raul Procopio said, “Well, for a start I would like to begin the season with a win and secondly it’s the first title of the year. We are aware that overtime our rivals will become more experienced and it will be more challenging to achieve titles. Regardless of the result on Saturday I am positive that the game will be a vibrant clash between two strong sides.”

After just scraping into the Europa League, finishing just above Lynx FC, Europa made some massive changes, the sacking of their ex-manager Bruno Akrapovic, soonly followed by releasing nearly their full squad with only Jake Victor, Kelvin Morgan & Matt Cafer staying at the club. After their elimination in the David-Carrasco-700x466Europa League at the hands of Slovan Bratislava, they brought in brother David & Dimas Carrasco which was followed by bringing more than fifteen players and their technical team.

Ahead of his first competitive game as manager, we caught up with David Carrasco as he gathered his thoughts about tomorrows game, “We have a good feeling about this first match. The pre-season has been fruitful and the players have an urge to compete. Lincoln is obviously the favourite but we will try to do things the right way and have a good match.”


Football Gibraltar would like to thank Raul Procopio & David Carrasco for their time and wish them both the best of luck tomorrow.