Opening the round is a match with many fates between the team leading the rankings, M1, facing Safety, who are very determined to get points to compete for the top positions. M1 is still the club that is most appreciated in this match, but the absence of a few pillars, combined with the great determination of the Safety players, has caused M1 players to face many difficulties. Having a better position in the game and better taking advantage of the opportunities created, the S players scored an early lead and had 1 more goal before the first half ended, giving them a big advantage going into the break. Entering the second half, the strategy of actively playing slowly, defending firmly, and waiting for mistakes from the opponent was applied by the S players. This strategy was effective when M1 players did not create many opportunities to reach S's goal, furthermore, M1 had to face very dangerous counterattacks, and the third goal was expected. By this time, the M1 players' hopes of scoring were almost gone and all they could do was score a goal to shorten the gap in the final minutes of the match. Having lost this match, M1 players are still at the top of the rankings, but the gap between them and the teams behind has been shortened, if they continue to maintain their current form and determination, they can completely compete for high positions in SCL 2023.
The highlight match: S excellently overcame M1 with a score of 3-1
At the same time, the first series of matches on stadium number 2 is the confrontation between M2 - M&S, a great battle against the rankings. M&S, with a large addition of force in the middle of the season, is still looking for its first win in the tournament. On the other side of the M2 front line, they are also in a similar situation when they can no longer maintain their impressive performance and are considered a dark horse like last season. The match took place with a balanced tension for both sides. The first half passed with a scoreless draw due to missed opportunities from both clubs' strikers. Entering the second half, it was still an open and balanced match for both clubs. M2 was the team that took advantage of the first goal better, but with the determination to get points in this match, M&S players also found an equalizing goal in the following minutes. The match ended with a 1-1 draw, reflecting exactly what both teams showed on the field.
M&S and M2 both brought home 1 point after the match
In the second series of matches are two matches that are considered the focus of the round E1 - E3 on field number 1 and E2 - M3 on field number 2. All 4 clubs are closely following each other in the rankings with a gap of only 1 point. On field number 1, with the loss in the previous round, E1 is determined to win all 3 points to continue to maintain hope of chasing the leading group. That determination was shown right from the first minutes of the match and the early goal was the achievement for E1. But with the force and desire of youth, E3 shows that they are a team that is not easy to bully and the points they have earned so far this season are completely deserved. Receiving an early defeat but their spirit was not broken, the E3 players still calmly regained the match and scored a 1-1 equalizer later, bringing the match back to the starting line. The match became balanced for both sides when in a surprising counterattack, the E1 players scored after an awkward defensive play by the E3 defense, closing the first half with an advantage. The lead is in favor of the E1 players. Entering the second half, the change of people in the defense line to give priority to the attack front of E3 players could not be effective as they received consecutive goals from E1. The unfocused defense had to concede 4 more goals when the final whistle blew.
The match between E1 and E3 with an absolute victory belonged to team E1
On field number 2, the encounter between E2 and M3 is the decisive match for 2nd place in the rankings, both teams entered the game with determination. With a shortage of forces in this match, E2 are the ones who are rated lower and the situation on the field also reflects what both teams have shown. M3 were the ones who scored the opening goal and took the lead. Although in the following minutes, M3 allowed E2 to equalize, that was all E2 could do. M3 players brought home 2 more goals and ended the match with a 3-1 final victory, continuing to firmly hold 2nd place in SCL 2023.
M3 won convincingly 3-1 against E2
Below are detailed results of round 9 matches, standings and schedule of round 10 of the SCL 2023 football tournament: