Lion City Cup Final: SC Corinthians vs PSV Eindhoven
Tournament and fans' favourite SC Corinthians Under-16s took home the 25th Lion City Cup with a dramatic victory over PSV Eindhoven Under-16s. Taking place at the bastion of Singapore football, the Jalan Besar Stadium faithful witnessed a nail biting conclusion as it took penalties to separate the two teams in the grand final.
It was a rough start for Corinthians who found themselves a man down in the 19th minute as Singaporean referee Irwan Shamsuddin decided to send Gustava Franca off for dangerous play. Despite being a man down, Corinthians’ skipper Leonardo Rodrigues had no difficulty in adding to his five goal tally by giving his side the lead early on in the second half.
But, PSV Eindhoven refused to back off and were rewarded for their efforts. Kaim Bannani headed in a dramatic late header to equalise for his team. With the full-time score tied at 1-1, the match went to penalties. Unfortunately, nerves got the better of PSV’s Robin Schoonbrood as he missed their fourth spot kick.
It fell on the Corinthians’ skipper Rodrigues to slot home the decisive penalty. The pressure obviously got to him as he missed. However, controversy struck as referee Shamsuddin ordered the spot kick to be retaken. He adjudged that PSV keeper, Mike de Muelenhof had moved before the penalty was taken. Despite the best efforts of Man of the Match Muelenhof, Rodrigues dutifully slotted home the penalty at the second time of asking.
It was a fitting victory for the Brazilian side who many considered to be the stand out team of the tournament. Although PSV coach Edwin De Wijs felt his side was wronged by the match official, he paid credit to his opponent and stated that his side will definitely return again next year. In Saturday results, Eintracht Frankfurt Under-16s triumphed over Arsenal Under-16s 3-2 to seal third place as the week-long Lion City Cup came to a close.
You can check out photos from the SC Corinthians vs PSV Eindhoven here.
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