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Chameria earned themselves a place in the knockout stages after a comfortable win over Sapmi. First half goals from Vilson Anzim and a brace from lively forward Edmond Hoxha saw the side comfortably progress to the finals.
It was in the opening minutes when Chameria opened the scoring. A swift attack saw the ball fall kindly to Anzim in the Sapmi area, who turned his effort into the bottom corner. This set the tempo for the Chameria side who controlled the first half.
Moving the ball quickly around the Martakert pitch, Chameria continued to press. Their patience was rewarded midway through the first half as Hoxha grabbed his first of the afternoon. The forward fired home after being left unmarked in the area at the back post.
The stop in play also signalled the first drinks break of the afternoon, as the humidity soon sapped the energy of both sides as the game went on. Chameria grabbed their third on the stroke of half time, with the impressive Hoxha causing all sorts of problems for the Sapmi defence. He rolled the ball under the Sapmi goalkeeper after being played through one-on-one.
Sapmi grew into the game in the second half with youngster Johan Ante Eira having the best opportunity to grab his side’s first goal of the competition. He rounded the keeper but blazed over with the goal gaping.
Sapmi rued their missed opportunity as 10 minutes from time Marko Van Basten Cema put the game beyond doubt after coolly finishing one-on-one for Chameria’s fourth of the afternoon.