I was lucky recently to be able to shoot a Bundesliga game on a trip I was making to Germany.
This was truly a “game of two halves”. Hoffenheim dominated the first half, with defensive mistakes by FC Bayern leading to a 21st minute goal from Andrej Kramaric, as well as many other opportunities.
The second half was pretty much all Bayern, and only some spectacular goalkeeping prevented Bayern getting a point from this game.
The game was very exciting, both sets of fans were singing throughout the game, including the half time break, and provided a fantastic atmosphere. The quality of football was a pleasure to watch. I am hoping to get to future opportunities to shoot in this league as it was a lot of fun.
Vancouver and Toronto faced of in what was being billed the battle of the north at a 1pm game in BC Place this afternoon. The battle of the frozen north would have been a better description, as the stadium was freezing due to the roof being unexpectedly open, a bold move given the winter we have had this year.
As it turned out the frigid ( for Vancouver ) temperature seemed to benefit the visitors, who had the most of the ball through out the game. In fact neither team created any significant number of chances, and the game really only came to life after Brek Shea’2 70th minute sending off. This was a result of a double yellow card, initially for a foul against Hagglund, but then for being mouthy to the ref.
Barely five minutes later Toronto had taken the lead through a Victor Vazquez header, and then four minutes later this was followed by a strike from Jozy Altidore.
Hopefully this was just a post CONCACAF Champions League hangover and the caps can return to winning ways on April 1 against LA Galaxy.
An enthusiastic, if somewhat smaller crowd of just of 14,000 saw the Vancouver Whitecaps advance to the semi-final stage of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league on Tuesday night. The Whitecaps ran out 2-0 winners on the night against the New York Red Bulls, to win the two-legs 3-1 in aggregate. The win sees the Whitecaps advancing to this stage of the competition for the first time in franchise history
The ‘caps had the better of the first half, with a lively start bringing about a goal for Alphonso Davies after only 5 minutes of play.
Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles was kept busy during the first half, pulling off a dramatic diving save at the 25 min mark.
The second half saw the Red Bulls see a lot more of the ball, and David Ousted was called into action to clear a controversial ball of the line, and also tip one over the bar to maintain the ‘caps lead. Newly signed Designated Player Fredy Montero added to the lead with a nicely taken strike with around 15 mins left in the game vardenafil india.
To the Red Bulls credit they kept fighting to the end, but were unable to find the net.
Vancouver will now face Mexican champions Tigres, with the first leg away from home on March 14th, and the second leg at BC Place on April 5th.
A gallery of my favourite shots from the night are below:
Despite a late goal from Nicolas Mezquida, the Whitecaps were generally outfought in a entertaining battle with San Jose. The sell out crowd of 22,120 saw the visitors take an early lead through a controversial goal from Quincy Amarikwa. While the home side did generate a number of chances towards the end of the half, they went into the break on a 1-0 deficit.
The second half started with the same pace as the first and again San Jose profited with a great strike from Simon Dawkins finding the back of the net in the 60th minute.
The whitecaps largely dominated in the latter stages of the game, coming close a number of times. The late strike by Mezquida, coming 4 minutes into added time was however too little too late to earn the home team any points.
I had been looking forward to this game for a long time. The opportunity to go and shoot the team I have supported since I was a kid was a chance I could not pass up. In the end the game itself was not the greatest for Leicester, but the weekend was a lot of fun.
It was a tough match to shoot, as I was shooting for a Leicester based publication, and also wanted to be at the opposing end of the pitch in case we got some goals. Unfortunately most of the action was around the Leicester goal . Added to this, the kick off time was pushed back to 9pm, so it was a night time shoot. Despite this it was fun to shoot , I got a few shots that I am happy with and an it was an experience I won’t quickly forget.
The Vancouver Whitecaps hosted Crystal Palace of the English Premier League tonight in an International friendly match. This was the third and final game for Crystal Palace on their current North American tour.
Both sides started of the game a little tentatively, and given the nature of the game there were few hard tackles throughout the whole game.
There were few chances at either end in the first half, but the second half had a lot more action. The Whitecaps took the lead in the 50th minute through David Edgar. A brace of goals from Frazier Campbell in a four minute spell saw the game swing the other way. Vancouver never gave in though, and were rewarded after 78mins with an equalizer from Kendall Waston. From that point on it was Vancouver who pressed and had several chances to net a winner.
Neither team managed to gain the advantage, and the score finished level at 2-2.
The Whitecaps came into the second leg of this tie looking to overcome a 1-0 deficit in order defend their Voyageurs Cup title, and secure a place in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The first half was a fairly unexciting affair with few chances at either end, however the second half changed all that with Vancouver getting the opening goal courtesy of a Mezquida header only two minutes after the restart.
The Whitecaps doubled the lead on the night 20 minutes later with Tim Parker beating the Bono in goal for Toronto.
After this the game got a little more frantic, with Toronto pressing for an away goal that would still see them Cup winners on the away goals rule.
After an excruciating 4 minutes of added time a defensive error for the whitecaps provided the opportunity and Will Johnson took no prisoners with a well converted shot. Johnson had to be helped from the field sustaining an injury for his efforts.
It was heartbreaking for the home team and fans, but was a reverse of fortunes for Toronto who suffered a similar last minute defeat the previous week at Orlando.
Full Gallery below:
Final Score 2-1 Vancouver (2-2 Aggregate; Toronto FC win on Away Goals)
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Blue skies greeted around 1,500 fans at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as the home town WFC2 took on Swope Park Rangers.
The Caps opened the scoring after 15 mins after Marco Bustos fired on net following some sustained pressure on the SPR goalmouth. In a half that was dominated largely by the home team another goal from Marco Bustos saw the Caps 2-0 up at half time.
15-yo Alphonso Davies came of the bench in the second half to blast home a beauty from just inside the box to take the Caps to 3-0.
Swope Park Rangers finally got on the board in the 86th minute, with a great shot from Mark Anthony Gonzalez. Another goal two minutes later had the home fans wondering if another game was going to snatched from them late in the day. Some resolute defending saw the team through for a final score of 3-2.
Gallery of images from the game below