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[FM13]The Adriatic Adventure [Hajduk Split]

FM 13
Started on 12 May 2013 by tbendis / First Post
Latest Reply on 10 August 2015 by tbendis / Last Post
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30 METER, LAST GASP KIŠ FREE KICK GIVES HAJDUK QUALIFICATION
LOSC 2-3 HAJDUK P. BAŠIĆ, M. TRIFKOVIĆ, T. KIŠ
Jean Pierre Papin was dancing on the touchline. This was too good. They were at home, and not 15 minutes had past, before LOSC had a 2-0 goal lead. And, with Carlos Fierro already scoring an absurd amount of goals (10), They could look forward to even more. The Mexican superstar himself even went close in the 24th, but the Marseille/Milan/Bayern legend would not celebrate a third, as Hajduk held on until the end of the first half.

The Hajduk squad, on the other hand, were terrified of what Bendiš would have to say when they walked into the dressing room. He was rarely abusive, but his anger was not a pretty sight. This was not how they envisioned walking back through the dugout.

Bendiš was silent as they filed in. And he remained silent. He just sat there looking at the team charts.

Bendiš was never silent. Subdued, yes. His fiancée leaving him had not been a pleasant time for him, but he still managed a few motivational words now and again.

But silent. No... this was much worse than being screamed at.

After fifteen minutes, he stood up and said, "Now that you've thought about what you've done, get the fucking job done."

And they did just that. The defense cleared a ball all the way to the half, before a delightful triple pass between Kiš, Trifković and Pešić ended up with Pero Bašić in front of the goal for the first goal in the 61st. Then, Bašić ran up the left flank, and, with a cross that accidentally floated past Kiš, landed squarely on Trifkovič's outstretched foot, as he rounded the narrow angle with a spectacular shot across the goalmouth and into the corner.

76 minutes had passed, Papin was screaming at the edge of his box, and Bendiš was standing... waiting.

Bendiš never got it wrong, as, with a clumsy foul far from the goal, Tomislav Kiš was given the last kick of the game. It was the right side, and, with a dismal chance, Kiš got it. A powerful effort that lodged itself just in between the keeper and the bar. Aliaksandar Hutar, the Bulgarian national keeper, tried to get a fingertip to it, but all he succeeded doing was glancing the ball into the top of the net. Papin swirled, throwing his pen at the ground, furious, and Bendiš kissed his hand, and pointed at the sky.

LOSC 2, Hajduk 3, as Hajduk have yet to lose this season.

MEANWHILE...
It was a late night at Bendiš's café, full as usual, and Iva made her way down from the apartment. Work had been pretty light that day, but she still needed to field a few calls from Munich. Always fun.

Bendiš, in full swing of the evening, was banging away at the piano, his customary scotch on top, untouched, as usual. They finished up Superstition, before starting on their rendition of La Vie on Rose, when Iva sat next to him on the piano. Bendiš glanced down, before smiling approvingly, as she leaned against him for the slow song.

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