who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to
do battle were FC Foreigntina (Pol) against
Alea Iacta Est (Pol).
two teams met in the group stage of the 2018
Gdansk Tournament. It was Alea Iacta Est who
opened up a 2-0 lead on that occasion but FC
Foreigntina hit back to make it 2-2 and take
a point each. The teams went on to finish joint
top of that group with 11 points each. Even
goal difference couldn't split them (+3) so
it came down to goals scored with FC Foreigntina
(12) finishing above Alea Iacta Est (8).
how close the teams were in Gdansk it was perhaps
no surprise that this was such a close contest
here in Warsaw. As with 2 of the 3 semi-finals
today this also finished 0-0 and penalties would
Iacta would go first with Jakub Szlezingier
making it 1-0 but Neil Riley immediately equalized
for 1-1. Michal Sklodowski made it 2-1 before
David Ingham pulled his shot wide. Konrad Kawka
made it 3-1 and the shoot-out should have ended
there. However, the referee must have thought
it was 5 pens each instead of 3 and so we carried
on. Joao Puga made it 3-2 to reduce the deficit.
Krzystzof Kurzeja made it 4-2 only for Yaniv
Rosenberg to pull it back to 4-3. Michal Dlugopolski
made it 5-3 and that should have been it…but
still we went on. Fernando Sousa made it 5-4
before Pawel Szymanski missed for Alea Iacta
Est. Richard Harrison levelled it up at 5-5.
Jakub Szlezingier scored again for Alea to make
it 6-5 before Neil Riley missed. Finally the
shoot-out was over! We are not sure what happened
there as the referees notes and the photographic
captured the entire shoot-out, the two tally.
Whatever did happen, the correct team went through
and the ref needs a lie down!