28th and final game was the climax of Group A.
We could not have planned it any better if we
had tried – a title decider in the final game.
two teams set to do battle were Cruz Del Surely
versus L'Albiceleste. Both teams had already qualified
for the Cup so there was nothing riding on the
game in that sense but there was still a lot to
play for. In pragmatic terms, a 1st placed finish
would provide an easier route to the Cup Final
(in theory at least). There was also pride and
honour of the win itself and the pride and joy
of winning the group. For L'Albiceleste there
was also a 100% record to protect.
them, these two teams had racked up 11 wins out
of 12 games. They had scored 21 goals and conceded
just 1. The team's had identical goal difference
(+10) so there was little to choose between them.
L'Albiceleste had a 2 point advantage at the top
so only needed a draw to secure the Group A win.
Del Surely simply had to win to take the Group
A title. As Bobby Robson once said “If you don't
score you are not going to win a match” which
was precisely the problem facing the French. How
were they going to score against a team who had
not yet conceded in the tournament? David Jamieson
was still to concede today – a phenomenal feat.
It would take a top player to break down the Cruz
Del Surely defence and luckily for L'Albiceleste
they had one. As we mentioned earlier in the report,
Cedric Castarede had won two top goalscorer awards
before. He rescued his team from a goal down against
Pique Blinders (he scored twice) and had another
important goal here.
the other end L'Albiceleste were equally as stubborn
in defence. Up until this point Mickael Martin
had only conceded once. It was to be a 6th clean
sheet out of 7 for the French goalkeeper and the
Group A title win was safe for the French. Huge
congratulations to them. Final score, 0-1.