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Indoorsoccer Café O Trem (Por)

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Indoorsoccer Café O Trem (Por) won 4-3 on penalties.
 

It was Cup Final time in Portugal. After 51 games of football we came down to the most important of them all. Game 52, the match that would determine the 2019 Lisbon Tournament champions. Who would take over from Saipan FC (Ire) as the tournament holders?

From 2013-2017 we had seen 7 Portuguese based teams (6 Portuguese winners and 1 Brazilian winner) until Saipan FC's memorable win in 2018. Today, the trophy would be staying in Portugal again but who would take it? Indoorsoccer Café O Trem or Pangare Futebol Clube?

This is how we lined-up:

Indoorsoccer Café O Trem (Por)

Best appearance to date: 2 x Cup Semi-Finals (2015, 2017)

Record today: Played 7, Won 6, Drawn 0, Lost 1.

Goal difference today: 14-3

Current unbeaten run: 5 games.

Today's top goalscorer: Nelson Pinto, Jorge Costa, Fabio Oliveira (4)

Clean sheets: 5

Pangare Futebol Clube (Bra)

2017 Lisbon Tournament Champions

2018 Runners-up in Plate competition

Record today: Played 7, Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 1.

Goal difference today: 20-3

Current unbeaten run: 4 games.

Today's top goalscorer: Gustavo Pereira (8)

Clean sheets: 4

These two teams had met earlier today in Group A and on that occasion it was Indoorsoccer Café O Trem who were victorious, 1-0. A repeat would clearly be just what the doctor ordered for Indoorsoccer. Could Pangare Futebol Clube exact their revenge though?

 
 
 

The game itself was played with a great atmosphere as the other teams all assembled pitch-side to watch the show-piece game of the day. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams trying to attack. Both teams created chances but they were half-chances. There was 9 clean sheets between these two teams and you could see why. Both defences were on top and neither team could find a successful path through to goal.

The game finished 0-0 and we would need penalties to decide the title.

Indoorsoccer Café O Trem would have the honour of taking the first penalty. Up stepped Andre Lopes who made no mistake for 1-0. For Pangare it would be their top scorer number Gustavo Pereira with 8 goals in the tournament was there ever any doubt from the penalty spot? 1-1.

Fabio Oliveira was up next and blasted it through the goalkeeper for 2-1. Filipe Alewcon levelled it up at 2-2 as the ball went in off the post. In the final round of regular penalties Nelson Pinto stepped forward and placed it to the goalkeeper's right, 3-2. Wendell Santos, candidate for the most popular man of the day, smashed it down the middle for 3-3. He missed in the Plate shoot-out last year as they finished runners-up so this was a Brazilian version of Stuart Pearce style redemption. We needed sudden death penalties.

Joao Braguura showed nerves of steel to hit it high into the roof of the net. It meant Julio Santos had to score but he got underneath it and blazed it over the bar. It was all over.

Pangare Futebol Clube had lost a final on penalties for the second year in a row. Our sincere commiserations to them who had come so close to glory and regaining their 2017 title.

Our congratulations go to Indoorsoccer Café O Trem on their first ever eurofootballfives.com victory. It was their fourth attempt at the title and no doubt all the more sweeter having worked so hard to get it.

 
 
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