06 March 2015

Hat-trick hero Ramazotti stars in DPMM FC debut

Monday, March 2, 2015

RAFAEL Ramazotti bagged a hat-trick in his debut as DPMM FC kicked off their Singapore League (S-League) campaign with a 3-1 win over Harimau Muda.
The Brazilian striker opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he headed home midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman’s corner from the right at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
The 27-year old scored his second with a fantastic volley from 30-metres out before completing his hat-trick just eight minutes after the restart in the second-half.
“I am very happy…first game it is always difficult and hard to score…I think I was very lucky but again this is a result of the training…hard training,” said Ramazotti in an interview with The Brunei Times after the match.
“I am very happy to be in this club and to score a hat-trick is very good for me…but I think Fagan (Craig Fagan) played very good tonight and I think he will score in the next game,” he added.
Earlier in the first-half striker Fagan almost gave DPMM FC the lead when he was picked unmarked inside the penalty box by Azwan Ali Rahman but the striker header went awfully wide.
DPMM dominated the possession from the start passing the ball around but they failed to get past the Harimau Muda defensive line.
Harimau Muda midfielder Sharul Igwan brought the first save of the game from Wardun Yussof after being allowed to run for far too long with the ball following a counter attack.
Harimau Muda goalkeeper Farhan Abu Bakar was called into action shortly midfielder Hendra Azam Idris fired shot just inches wide from outside the penalty box.
DPMM finally broke the deadlock when Ramazotti rose above every one inside the penalty box to head in Azwan Ali’s corner to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Harimau Muda were punished again in the 40th minute when they failed to clear long ball from DPMM own half - the ball fell right in front of Ramazotti and the striker slammed the ball first time straight into the net leaving goalkeeper Farhan no chance at all. DPMM FC continued to control the game in the second-half and they found the net again in the 53rd minute when midfielder Joe Gamble brilliantly picked Ramazotti on the left and the latter blasted the ball into the net with his left foot as he completed his hat-trick.
Harimau Muda did make a few chances notably when striker Kumaahran Sathasivam header went just wide but apart from a couple of attempts from free-kicks and shot from outside the penalty box the home side did not manage to put much together to trouble centre-backs Boris Raspudic and new import Brian Mclean in defence. Harimau Muda however managed to pull one back in the 90th minute when Ridzuan Abdullah Punlo was given plenty of space just from outside of the penalty box.
DPMM manager Steve Kean was happy with his team’s performance and the manager singled out Ramazotti for praise.
“I think what you’ve probably seen tonight is just a glimpse of what Rafa (Ramazotti) can bring to the club,” said Steve Kean in the post match conference.
“He’s obviously a fantastic player and he can also score any type of goal…He scored a goal with his left foot which was not his strongest and he’s probably unlucky not to get another couple of goals.
“But what I must say is that it’s not just about Rafa tonight it’s also the service of the whole team and Craig Fagan also did very well and as did Azwan Ali…they were exceptional.
“We’ve got a lot of quality on the squad so it’s never just about one player but obviously Rafa would get the headlines because of his goals but I thought the two central defenders tonight were also exceptional (Raspudic and Mclean)…they really pushed Harimau Muda high up the pitch and won lots of balls, especially in the first half.
“I’m really impressed with how the squad is coming together tonight as a team and a bigger picture the squad is very strong.
“We got a bit greedy when we were 3-0 up, you want to score four and five goals, and that’s no disrespect to Harimau Muda but when we’re so far ahead in the game, we were hoping to put more goals in the tally, and we were a little bit annoyed that we didn’t get a clean sheet but there was a deflection at the end and it was a tough one for Wardun,” he added.

The Brunei Times

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