#Vejen2016: Day 6 - Round Robin & Quarter Finals

#Vejen2016: Day 6 - Round Robin & Quarter Finals


Germany needed their captain to defeat Finland

The german squad tried to save their captain's legs in the first half but Finland started very well and the score at the first half was 2-0. Remarkable first goal from Johannes Siikonen in a nice free kick. 

But things changed immediately when at second half Conny Fritsch entered into the game scoring 2 quick goals to bring the draw to the score board. A third goal arrived rapidly from Robin Meyer and Finland had no option to come back to the match. The distance between teams kept increasing until the final 2-5.

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Denmark beat Republic of Korea 1 - 0

With Denmark in more possession during the whole game, the Korean team was looking for fast breaks. In the final minute of the first half, Korean defender Sangyal Kim was unlucky by beating his own goalkeeper and Denmark scored 1 - 0.

The second half the Korean team was more in the offensive and created some good chances but were unlucky in finishing the bal in the goal. The post saved Denmark and also some good shots just missed the goal. In the final minute Korea was succesful and scored the equalizer but the referee disallowed the goal due to on a foul to the goalkeeper.

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Scotland first team qualified for Semi's

Northern Ireland missed two of their most important players due to suspensions and were not able to give Scotland an equal match. Sean Stewart scored a hatrick in 9 minutes and the game appeared to be over.

Scotland used all their substituations to save energy for the semi finals and to give young players the experience to play in an important international tournament. Captain Jonathan Paterson scored a final goal in the last minute of the match. Final result 4 - 0.

Northern Ireland will play for position 5 - 8. Nevertheless the team did qualify for the next year's World Championships.

Iran overwelms Australia

The team of Iran had a blitz start against Australia. Within 10 minutes the scorebord showed 3 - 0.
The Iran team experienced little opposition from the brave young Aussies. It seems that both teams saved the legs of some of their most important players. The final result a very clear 6-0 which displayed Iran's superiority.

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Closely fought battle sees Portugal progress to Semi-Finals

In just the 4th minute of the game, Japan's number 5 Taisei Taniguchi hit a wonderful strike from distance, beating the Portuguese keeper to open the scoring. Celebration erupted from the team bench for a brilliant goal. Portugal almost struck back with a quick reply but narrowly missed the target.
Soon after the opening goal, Portugal's Luis Ferreira levelled the score, which took the score as 1-1 until the half-time break.

Mid-way through the second half, Pedro Santos put Portugal in front, looking like they would now control the game until the final whistle. 5 minutes later, Tetsuya Toda replied with a fantastic long range free-kick, and celebrations ensued from the Japanese team as the score was once again level much like the majority of play throughout the game.

In the 58th minute, shortly after joining the game from the bench, Hugo Pinheiro scored to give Portugal the lead and the win to take them through to the Semi-Finals.

Overall, a fantastic display of football from the Japanese team but not quite enough to beat the well organised Portugal team.

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Venezuela beats Canada in the penalties

It was probably one of the most exciting matches during the tournament. The match final score at the 60 minutes reflected very well the equalty between both teams. 

Canada got some advantage at the 7' thanks to an amazing kick from the Canadian captain Samuel Charron but a very interesting movement and kick from Venezuelas striker Felipe Quintana putted the draw in the score board. 

Both teams seeked for the 2nd goal but no one gets it also Venezuela probably had the most clear opportunities. 

With the 1-1 the match went to the Over time but no movement in the scoreboard. At the 75' Nic Heffernan was sent off but nothing changed and we went to the penalties. 

A final goal from Mogollón and the excellent performance from Venezuelas keeper gave them the victory. 

Now Venezuela will play Scotland in the semi finals.

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