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Team VVCS successfully defended its FIFPro Tournament title. In the final, the Dutch footballers beat Team AFE from Spain on penalties. Slovenia captured the third place. Denmark ended fifth.

 

On the final day of the eighth edition of the FIFPro Tournament, the scouts and the spectators witnessed three close and spectacular matches, with many chances and highlights. Two of them were decided after penalty-kicks, only Slovenia was able to defeat its opponent: France in the battle for third place.

 

Final: The Netherlands-Spain 0-0, 4-3 after penalties
Team VVCS and Team AFE were evenly matched. In the first half the Dutch were slightly better, in the second half Spain gained control. Both teams squandered chances and hit the woodwork. For Spain, Rodri hit the post (via the finger tips of goal keeper Rodney Ubbergen), Cañadas hit the goal keeper, Plata hit the bar. For Holland, Soufiane Dadda hit the bar.

 

In the deciding penalty shoot-out, Team VVCS won: 4-3. After seven straight converted penalties, it was Rode who missed the eighth penalty, blasting the ball over the cross bar.

 

3/4th place: Slovenia-France 2-1
Slovenia came from behind to clinch the third spot. Nabil Ouarguini put France in front with a clinical finish in the first half. But in the last twenty minutes, Team SPINS made a strong comeback. They had a lucky own goal made by Onunga Bernard Itoua. And in the 51st minute, Ermin Rakovic headed home from close range after a neat cross from left back Igor Lazic. It was Rakovic’ third goal of the tournament; he is the top goal scorer of this event. France did have chances to equalize, but failed to convert these.

 

5/6th place: Denmark-Portugal 2-2, 3-2 after penalties
Denmark and Portugal showed they could play, after both teams had two disappointing losses on Saturday. Team Spillerforeningen and Team SJPF created numerous chances and ended their match in a draw. Denmark already seemed to have captured the fifth place in regular time, but in the final minute Portugal were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Ricardo André.

 

In the penalty shoot-out, Jesper Weinkouff helped Denmark beat Portugal by punching the ball away from his goal from Ricardo André’s effort.

 

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