Daniel Hasnas chips home his first goal for the club to open the scoring.

Athletic seem set to face their customary early exit from the Brook Street Cup following this afternoon’s 5-2 defeat by FC URBURT in Marseille.

It had all started so well for the visitors. After just five minutes, Daniel Hasnaş chipped in his first goal for the club since signing a permanent deal a fortnight ago.

A team is at its most vulnerable right after it has scored, and so this proved with Athletic; URBURT raced up the park and Maciej Kowala slammed the ball home to equalise.

After such an action-packed opening six minutes, it was only natural that the game slowed somewhat. However, that was all to change just before the half-hour mark when Andy Hautala fired Athletic back into the lead.

Just as it looked as if Athletic would go into the break ahead, Mauro Oropeza was in the right place at the right time to rifle home the equaliser four minutes from half-time, following a well-executed free-kick routine.

Whatever, UBURT coach Claudinho de Sá Couto said to his players at half-time certainly hit the mark, as they hit three unanswered second half goals to sweep Athletic aside. Goals from Danilo Dramić, Guy Noffsinger and Nino Šerović put paid to any thoughts of an away win, and destroyed any aspirations of reaching the semi-final Athletic had, especially following this evening’s Knights Alliance FC’s 3-1 win over BFC Büderich 05.

In the other groups, Újpest Partisans had a surprise 1-0 win away to Manlostudio F.C. while Hardy’s had a narrow 2-1 win over tomefires Eleven. In Group 3, sapho fc got back on track with a fine 3-1 win at home to FC Sandhasen Vorderpfalz, while Bergzilla FC and francezii fought out a 1-1 draw in Denmark.

The highest-scoring match of the round occurred in Berlin where Hertha Berliner Sportclub were edged out by the odd goal in seven by Car Dusan, while the match between FC Chalbermatti and Kristberg ended 0-0.