World Pinteur (Fra)




Fundacao Benfica (Por)

Burritos FC (Eng)




Parques Tejo (Por)


We were at the 2016 Lisbon Tournament Cup Semi-Final stage and from the 10 teams who started the day we were down to the final 4. We had 1 French team, 2 Portugese teams and 1 English team all still in the hunt for glory.


Up first was World Pinteur versus Fundacao Benfica. After the group phase we had to install World Pinteur as favourites for the title. They were the only team in the tournament with a 100% record of 4 wins out of 4 and they still hadn't conceded a goal.


Fundacao Benfica had 2 wins and 2 defeats to their name but they were a team on the up. The Portuguese had lost their first two games but since then had won 4-0 and 2-0 so momentum was with them and that continued in the first half here as they held their opponents to a 0-0 draw at half-time.


In the second half, World Pinteur grew into the game and began to take control. They were solid at the back and so it looked to be a case of if/when they could score otherwise a penalty shoot-out may well be required. In the end the deadlock was broken and it was Richard Leibovici who found the back of the net to fire his team into the Cup Final.


World Pinteur were proving to be ruthlessly efficient 7 goals in 5 games scored and none conceded. Was it the form of champions?


So, who would take their place in the Final from the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to do battle were Burritos FC against Parques Tejo.


Both teams boasted identical records in the group phase with 3 wins, 1 defeat and 9 points from their four games. Parques Tejo's games had been more open with 12 goals scored and 7 against. Burritos FC's had been tighter with 7 for and 4 against.


Burritos FC were arguably the form team with 3 successive victories but it was they who fell behind in the first half as Djassy Gomes scored his fourth of the tournament to put the Portuguese team ahead. Whilst Burritos FC were 1-0 down at the break we should certainly not write them off as in their last three games they had come from behind twice and turned a draw into a win in the latter stages of these fixtures. Could they do it again?


Their task was made more difficult when Elton made it 2-0 to Parques Tejo. Time was running out for Burritos FC and their chances looked over when Elton scored again to make it 3-0. If there was any doubt on the result Djassy Gomes put it beyond doubt when he made it 4-0 with his fifth strike of the day. It was a sensational result and performance from Parques Tejo. We expected a close result either way but Parques Tejo stormed into the Cup Final.


The tournament was over for Burritos FC but they had performed well on the day overall and could be proud of their efforts.

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