59 games of football we came down to the most
important of them all. Game 60 The 2015 Algarve
Open Cup Final.
two teams set to do battle for the honour and
glory of victory were RC Lens (England) versus
Futeboladas (Portugal). Futeboladas had improved
on their 2014 Algarve Open showing where they
finished 3rd in their group before a Plate Semi-Final
loss on penalties to 11 Esperencas Faz Clube.
Had they improved enough to take the final step
Lens though were massively impressive on debut
and would be the favourites going into the game.
They had stormed into the Final with 7 wins on
the bounce, 19 goals and only two goals conceded
in the whole tournament. The only potential stumbling
block for RC Lens was fatigue. They were a fit
side but had no subs so all 5 players had played
every minute of every game so far would this
take its toll?
were no signs of it in the early stages as they
were as enthusiastic and energetic as they had
been all day. Futeboladas were matching them and
it looked like this Cup Final could go the distance.
The first goal in these Finals are vital and Futeboladas
got off to the best possible start and scored
the go ahead goal (Andre Franco) as the Amstericans
would say it was a crucial goal psychologically
as well giving them the upper hand and the momentum
which would have counted for more than the one
goal. From there RC Lens would have to come forward
and leave them vulnerable to the counter. Half-time,
had the advantage but this game was far from over.
RC Lens poured forward and did all they could
to restore parity. Then, a couple of moments sealed
this Cup Final. A Futeboladas break saw Cristial
Silva double the lead to 2-0. It seemed this goal
broke the spirits of RC Lens they now looked
visibly tired whereas moments before they were
still fighting fit going for the equalizer. 2-0
very quickly became 3-0 as Jose Miguel finished
offer our consolations to RC Lens who were absolutely
superb and a top quality side. They had just run
out of steam in the final stages.
congratulations go to Futeboladas worthy 2015
Algarve Open Champions! The personal honours
also went to Futeboladas as their number 13, Miguel
Pereira, emerged as tournament top goalscorer
with 8 goals.
you to all the teams who competed. We hope to
see you all again at a tournament very soon.