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On Thursday 31st January VSI hosted 3rd tier Portuguese professional side CD Fatima, in what was to be their biggest test of the season so far.
VSI have continued their good form since before the Christmas break with wins against Quriquense, Pernes and AC Santarem, however this was to be another step up.
The game started fairly slowly with neither side troubling the opposition goal. Possession was dominated by Fatima partly due to some sloppy passing from VSI, who struggled to maintain possession.
However on VSI's first meaningful attack of the evening, they made it 1-0, with a little help from the Fatima defender who put the ball into his own net for an own goal. Ryan Samuel received a pass from Jonno Bukasa and turned the defender, before drilling a low cross across the face of the goal, for the Fatima defender to deflect into his own net.
VSI should have then made it 2-0 moments later, when Toni Torres stole the ball of a Fatima defender to go through 1 on 1 with the keeper. However he placed his shot just wide of the post. That was the last chance VSI would create for the remainder of the game, as Fatima used their experience to get more involved in the match.
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