Western Armenia 0-1 South Ossetia

Image credit: David Ghahramanya A cagey conclusion to the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019 final was brought alive by two moments of high drama that saw South Ossetia emerge as champions. The final – perhaps predictably, but certainly disappointingly – began much as any other final does, cagey, lacking tempo and purpose. It took…

Abkhazia 0 – 0 Chameria (Abkhazia 5-4 on penalties)

Image credit: Brad Merrett Abkhazia beat Chameria on penalties in an often bad-tempered third-place playoff in Stepanakert, during which the beautiful game was not much in evidence. Chameria, who often rely on the talents of the enormous striker Marko van Basten Çema, had much of their passing game nullified by the strong Abkhazian midfield; despite a…

Padania 4-0 Sapmi

Image credit: Jacopo de Falco Padania’s dominant performance disguised a dreary placement match in which Sapmi were totally prevented from building any momentum. Padania scored after just 10 minutes, Niccolo Colombo driving a low shot through the hapless Sapmi defence. Although Sapmi managed to turn this last-ditch defending into a series of credible counterattacks, they…

Artsakh 1-1 Abkhazia

Image credit: Brad Merrett Hosts Artsakh were eliminated from the tournament by a robust Abkhazia side after failing to capitalise on a dominant second half in front of a passionate crowd in Martuni. Artsakh needed a strong result to qualify, and they started the game full of intent – particularly their surprisingly nimble winger, the…

Abkhazia 3-1 Chameria

Image credit: Brad Merrett Despite a poor first half, former World Football Cup champions Abkhazia recovered to emerge as 3-1 winners in the first match of the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019, against the mountainous backdrop of Askeran. The match was a physical affair from the beginning, pitting the taller Chamerians against the more…