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June 9, 2019

Three of the best!

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We pick out 3 of the finest players from the CONIFA European Football Cup 2019 final!

No7 – Batradz Gurtsiev – One of the top scorers going into the game, Gurtsiev caused problems down the wing for his Western Armenian counterparts. The forward had scored five goals throughout the tournament before coming into the final and his presence was notable in the first half.

Though his distribution was poor from set-pieces and crosses, the winger’s trickery was the making of most of South Ossetia’s chances. His off-the-ball movement was also an asset to South Ossetia, working space for his attacking teammates throughout the afternoon

No77 – Ibrahim Bazaev – A comfortable performance on the whole as the lone striker, but it was the forward’s brilliance which separated the sides in Stepanakert to give South Ossetia the trophy.

With both sides unable to break the deadlock half an hour from time, it was Bazaev’s individual brilliance that opened the scoring with a delightful freekick from 30 yards, which sailed into the top corner. This spectacular strike decided the game and saw South Ossetia crowned CONIFA European Football Cup champions.

71 – Muhaberg Buzaev – The hero of the final. At 1-0 up in the final seconds of stoppage time, Western Armenia were awarded a penalty in a dramatic end to the CONIFA European Football Cup final.

Buzaev, however, had different ideas. Diving low outstretched to his right, he palmed the penalty away as the final whistle blew, to spark wild celebrations in Stepanakert. In an exciting game to conclude the championship in Artsakh, the goalkeeper will be remembered as the hero of the tournament.

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By Robin Toal

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