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June 3, 2016

#Abkhazia2016 Match Summaries – Day 6

Sápmi 2 – 1 United Koreans of Japan

As the tournament gets closer to the end, the matches get closer and closer each day. That was no difference in today’s right matchup between FA Sápmi and United Koreans of Japan, with Sápmi squeaking by with a 2-1 victory.

Su Yong Kim opened the scoring only 65 seconds in and United Koreans of Japan looked to control play. However, Sápmi tied the game up before Jørgen Nilsen Jerijärvi scored a wonder goal to lead Sápmi to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.

Sápmi now goes on to the 5/6 match while United Koreans of Japan will play for 7/8 tomorrow.

Raetia 3 (4) – (3) 3 Chagos Islands

Fans were treated to a highly entertaining match in Gagra this afternoon with FA Raetia defeating Chagos Islands after a marathon shootout. In a back and forth affair, the score was 3-3 after 90 exciting minutes with each team holding the lead multiple times.

The shootout was equally nail biting with numerous saves and misses until the Raetia keeper made a tough diving stop to secure the victory. With the win, FA Raetia finishes the Abkhazia 2016 World Football Cup in 11th place while neophytes Chagos Islands end the tournament in 12th.

Western Armenia 0 (6) – (5) 0 Kurdistan

The last game of the night was a real thriller, with two evenly-matched teams playing in Western Armenia and Kurdistan. The match started with equal chances but quickly tilted in Kurdistan’s favour and they kept their foot on the gas throughout.

Kurdistan had a heavy edge in possession and chances but Western Armenia’s defence stayed resolute and the score was 0-0 edging towards to end of full time.

Kurdistan changed keepers in the 90th minute, putting in a penalty specialist but their strategy was to backfire in the most dramatic fashion. Down 6-5 and needing to score to stay alive, the substitute keeper himself took the last penalty, shooting high and securing victory for Western Armenia, and sending the pro-Armenian fans into raptures.

Western Armenia will now play Sápmi in the 5/6 match tomorrow in Gagra while United Koreans of Japan and Kurdistan will battle for 7th and 8th.

Szekely Land 10 – 3 Somaliland

Szekely Land finishes 9th and Somiland 10th in the #Ablhazia2016 World Football Cup.

Match report to follow.

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By Robin Toal

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