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June 5, 2016

#Abkhazia2016 Match Summaries – Day 8

The 2016 World Football Cup concluded on Sunday, with home side Abkhazia lifting the trophy in front of a packed Dinamo Stadium in Sukhum. In the last remaining placement game, meanwhile, Northern Cyprus beat Padania 2-0 to claim third overall. Check out our full match wraps and video highlights below.

Abkhazia 1 – 1 Panjab (Abkhazia won 6-5 on penalties), Sukhum

Abkhazia is tonight celebrating after a remarkable come from behind victory over Panjab saw them secure the 2016 World Football Cup. The hosts twice looked out of the game – firstly when they were trailing 1-0 in the 86th minute, and again when they were two penalties down in the shoot-out. But a stranger-than-fiction turn of events saw Abkhazia equalise to send the game to spot-kicks, and then complete a penalty great escape to triumph in Sukhum.

Padania 0 – 2 Northern Cyprus, Sukhum

Northern Cyprus secured third place at the 2016 World Football Cup with a 2-0 win over Padania in Sukhum. Under the blazing sun and with both teams having played yesterday, the first half was a slow affair highlighted by a close flyby from a helicopter just before the break.

The Northern Cypriots scored early in the second half, clattering the ball in from two yards out to take a lead they would never relinquish. A second goal came at the 80-minute mark, with a strong break and nice pass facilitating an easy finish.

Padania fought hard but without their suspended star striker, Matteo Prandelli, they lacked attacking potency. The Italian side end their 2016 World Football Cup campaign in fourth.


Final Rankings

1. Abkhazia
2. Panjab
3. Northern Cyprus
4. Padania
5. Sapmi
6. Western Armenia
7. United Koreans of Japan
8. Kurdistan
9. Szekely Land
10. Somaliland
11. Raetia
12. Chagos Islands

Sunday’s two games conclude the #Abkhazia2016 World Football Cup. For further tournament content, be sure to follow our social media channels: InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

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By Robin Toal

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