BARCELONA, Spain — Team Ontario’s final match was an intense affair with Espanyol — FC Barcelona’s cross town rival — on a tight pitch on the north side of Barcelona’s downtown core.
The Ontario Boys took an early lead in the 4th minute from a corner before either team had time to settle.
Dominic Szyszka floated the ball to the back post for Luca Gasparotto to knock it down & Stephen Almeida toe-poked it home.
The small pitch made for a tight contest with both teams playing a pressing game.
Ontario did well playing through and around the Espanyol pressure to play their best passing game of the tour and create several chances.
A broken set-play presented Gasparotto a chance that he smashed off the back post, Hamilton rose for a cross but sent his header over the bar, and Szyszka forced the keeper into a neat save at the front post.
The game changed in the 2nd half with Ontario making a tactical adjustment forcing Espanyol to play long from the back.
The Ontario Boys were dominating in the middle and were rewarded with a 2nd goal, Szyszka delivering the perfect cross for Jordan Hamilton to power in after a good sweeping move down the right with Adam Hamati.
Overall, this was Ontario’s best performance and it came against the strongest opponent of the tour.
Team Ontario 2 v 0 Espanyol FC
Silva, Almeida, Gasparotto, John, Flores (Ford), Jodah (Akoa), Szyszka, Pereira (Hamati), Awuah, Hamilton, Allen (Wadid)
4 games, 3 wins, 1 loss, 3 clean sheets, 9 goals for, 3 goals against
Reported by Ian Skitch (Coach)
Photo by Davide DeDonato
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