Round 21 kicked off in Lagos with a game-of-the-season contender between Naija United and Club Sportivo Palermo. Palermo raced into a 0-3 lead with goals from Ignacio Correa, Fede Villa and Leonardo Riveros. Naija scored three goals in 11 minutes to level the game. Anthony Chidi scored in the 70th, Cristian Venditto in the 73rd and Uchenna Chibueze in the 81st. Correa had the final say scoring the winner in the 83rd minutes. It finished 3-4.
Inter Nusantara drew 1-1 at home to Brasil Amazonia, Olle Mustafa scored for the Garuda Warriors and Guilherme Orlando for Amazonia. That result and Paris St-Denis’ shock 0-2 defeat at home to Bondi FC means that Nusantara are the regular season champions. Charlie Baker-Jones was the hero for the Aussies in Paris scoring twice.
Manhattan FC are now level with Paris on points after a routine 2-0 win over Tokyo Youth Club. Isaac Carter and Ben Ruthven with the goals for the New Yorkers. A good round for fellow Americans FC Angelenos who beat Bengaluru Phoenix 2-1 in Los Angeles. Goals from Alex Leon and Jae Jackson-Cook cancelled out Noah Drakenburg’s opener from the spot.
Finally, South London United picked up their first win in six games by beating Riyadh Stars 2-1 in London. Rashid Al Balushi put the Stars ahead, but second-half goals from Adrien Grondin and James Alcock secured the win for The Ballers.
A goal and two assists for Cristian Venditto for Naija United saw him pick up Player of the Round. Ivano Pellegrini was a menace for Bondi in their win over Paris St-Denis, he also assisted CBJ’s first goal.
Jamil Skaik is trying to get Adrien Grondin to move to the Riyadh Stars for Season Three. The transfer window opens in a few weeks. It’s one to keep an eye on.
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