B13: Thrilling final between record winners Brommapojkarna and Dallas Texans
It came down to the last minute in the B13 final, but when it counted the most, Brommapojkarna managed to grab their 29th Gothia Cup Win on a beautiful long-distance shot.
Both teams came to the final with eight straight wins and we’re ready for one more – Swedish Brommapojkarna with 46–1 in goal difference and American Dallas Texans SC, having just beaten Swedish BK Häcken in the semi-finals.
The match started even, with Dallas Texans having a close majority of the possession. The handful of times they got past Brommapojkarna’s midfield, they were met by a solid defensive line, that broke down their attacks.
When Brommapojkarna had the ball, they tried to pass around the ball and find openings, but didn’t really come to any chances.
The first real chance came with a free kick for Brommapojkarna, just outside the penalty box. Jardell Kanga tok the chance and fired off a powerful shot that bounced between the crossbar and the goal line before the Dallas keeper could get to it.
Five minutes later, it was time for another free kick for Brommapojkarna. This time, it was in a position for a right footed player, and Ludwig Thorell stepped up. With extreme precision, he curled the ball into the right corner, giving them the lead.
But Dallas Texans wouldn’t let themselves get scared by the Brommapojkarna defense and continued to push on.
After winning a challenge by the sideline, near Brommapojkarna’s goal, the ball was quickly played in to Guy Michaeli, who from his free position in front of the keeper equalized to 1–1. With that, he became only the second player to score on Brommapojkarna in this year’s tournament
Dallas Texans looked hungry entering the second half, occupying Brommapojkarna’s side of the field and getting shots on goal – a few resulted in corners and one got cleared off the goal line at the last second.
As the whistle for full time came closer – and with it, a penalty shoot out – both teams started getting more direct, kicking the ball up the field.
With just 30 seconds left on the clock Brommapojkarna’s Lucas Bergvall tried his luck with a long-distance shot. It went in crashing off the bar, meaning that the club secured their 29th win Gothia Cup win for the club, the most in the tournament’s history.
The team and the coaching staff, which included former Aston Villa star player and Swedish national team captain Olof Mellberg, could therefore also defend their title, as they won the B11 category in last year’s tournament.
DALLAS TEXANS–IF BROMMAPOJKARNA 1–2 (1–1)
0–1 Ludwig Thorell, 1–1 Guy Michaeli, 1–2 Lucas Bergvall.
Booking, Dallas Texans: Guy Michaeli.
MVP: Lucas Bergvall, IF Brommapojkarna.
Referee: Levent Kocaoglu, Turkiet.
IF BROMMAPOJKARNA’S ROAD TO THE VICTORY
Josh Evans Soccer School (ENG) 12–0 W
Walddörfer SV (GER) 11–0 W
Makati FC (PHI) 2–0 W
Rari Nantes Siracusa (ITA) 3–0 W
UKS RONA 03 (POL) 3–0 W
Lizzy FC (GHA) 5–0) W
Halmstads BK (SWE) 4–1 W
San Francisco Seals (USA) 6–0 W
Dallas Texans SC (USA) 2–1 W
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