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The victorious Egypt receive the championship trophy from officials.
Egypt ‘down’ Iran 3-1 to lift championship trophy Nigeria edge Morocco on penalties for 3rd place

KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Egypt on Monday beat Iran 3-1 to lift the championship trophy for the 2nd Diplomatic Missions Soccer Tournament Kuwait2014 staged at the Bayan Football Park. The finals, a culmination of 9 days of competitive football among twenty diplomatic missions accredited to Kuwait, was witnessed by a  large and sometimes boisterous crowd of Iranian and Egyptian fans along with diplomats and officials from the Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS).

The Podium results after 9 days of competition were:
* Egypt- Champs
* Iran- 2nd Place
* Nigeria- 3rd Place
* Best Player-  Mohammed Mustafa (Egypt)
* Best Goalkeeper- Iran
* Youngest Player- Fielded by Eritrea

All participating teams, tournament officials and organizers were presented awards and plaques of appreciation by officials of the Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS) at the closing ceremony. The first goal of the final match was an own goal scored by an Iran player as he attempted a clearance of the ball in a melee at the Iranian half. The ultra high adrenalin game had both sides firing salvoes on both ends, with Mohammed Mustafa and Yousri Mohammed leading the charge for the Egyptians while Iran’s Farhad dominated the midfield to carry the fight to the Egyptian half.

Yousri scored from a Mustafa pass to double Egypt’s advantage mid way into the first half. Moments after the Egyptian second goal celebration, Farhad got possession of the ball, weaved through a forest of seasoned Egyptian legs before tapping it through to no.10 for the side who scored Iran’s first goal to make the scores 2-1 at halftime. The tensed second half saw near misses by both sides with the exchanges running into the last moments of the game until an Iranian defender handled the ball under pressure within his own 6-yard area resulting in a penalty for Egypt which Mohammed Ibrahim easily fired home for Egypt to seal the game at 3-1 in their favor at the blast of the whistle.

Earlier, in the third and fourth place game, Nigeria and Morocco squared up to a free flowing thriller that saw both sides played to a 2-2 draw game at regulation time with Nigeria winning on penalties 5-4 at the end of the game. Godswill scored the two goals for Nigeria while no.2 scored for Morocco from a penalty with no.9 leveling up the scores with a great strike past the Nigerian keeper to close at 2-2 in regulation time.  In the ensuing penalty kicks, Morocco scored two and Nigeria three to make the final scores 5-4 on aggregate for Nigeria to win the third spot of the 9-day tournament.

By Iddris Seidu
Arab Times Staff


By: Iddris Seidu

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