Johannesburg, Friday, 28th March 2014 –Clube Atletico Mineiro and Club Tijuana will contest the 2014 Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament decider after both won their semi-final matches at the Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto on Friday.
The teams have three previous titles between them in the competition and are assured to add a fourth in what should be a pulsating final between two sides with great Latin flair and no shortage of skill.
Defending champions Club Tijuana took a step closer to repeating their 2013 win when they overcame Congolese academy CESD La Djiri 2-1 in the first semi-final.
Daniel Gonzalez and Alexis Villalpando netted for the Mexican team, with Bel Durel Avouno giving CESD some hope in the final stages. But in a high-quality encounter, it was the youngsters from Central American who sealed their final spot.
Clube Atletico Mineiro were made to fight hard by the 10-men of South African side Mamelodi Sundowns, but won through by a slender 1-0 score line.
After the teams were deadlocked at 0-0 at the break, the Brazilian club took the lead just after halftime whenMarco Tulio scored from the rebound after a penalty miss against the crossbar. Sundowns skipper Tebogo Rahlogo was dismissed for his part in the penalty award.
Mineiro held on for the win that puts them into their third final in four years, having won the competition in 2011 and 2012.
The remainder of the sides played off for position based on their final placings in the group stages of the tournament.
Local team SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur Academy and Indian visitors Royal Wahingdoh played to a 1-1 draw in their clash.Thabelo Mulaudzi netted his second goal of the tournament for United, but Sushil Ahongshangbam matched his feat and the game went to a penalty shoot-out.
Royal Wahingdoh held their nerve to triumph 5-3 on spot-kicks.
Dutch club ADO Den Haag had no problem in dispatching USYSA from America 4-0 in their clash, with Jan Verduijn’s brace taking him to the top of the scorers charts in the tournament with four goals in all.
The other players to net for the Dutch were Trevor David and Daude van der Kust.
South African sides Jomo Cosmos and Sunward Park, the only schools team in the competition, played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw in their play-off clash. That took the game to penalties and Cosmos triumphed 5-4 in the shoot-out.
Another game that went to a shoot-out was the clash between Qatar’s Aspire Academy and Toronto FC from Canada as the match ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Ghassen Ben Gharbia and Said El Sayed scored for the Middle East club, but they were pegged back by Tomasz Balicki and Alexander Pena. Toronto triumphed 3-0 in the shoot-out as Aspire failed to convert any of their kicks.
Zambian side K-Stars collected an excellent scalp when they defeated English club Sunderland 3-1. Charles Yande, Patson Daka and a Dan Casey own goal gave the African club the deserved win.
Joshua Robson got the consolation for Sunderland, who are still looking for their first win on South African soil.
Guest side Bidvest Wits defeated 2010 winners Shandong Luneng 5-1 in an exhibition game that had no bearing on the final positions in the competition.
Pu Chen netted for the Asian side, but they found a Wits team in mean mood asSizwe Twala (two), Shungu Dutiro, Mlando Shongwe and Luvuyo Mkatshana scored for them.
Wits will be replaced in Saturday’s fixtures by the Kaizer Chiefs development side.
EXHIBITION GAME: Bidvest Wits 5(Sizwe Twala 2, Shungu Dutiro, Mlando Shongwe, Luvuyo Mkatshana)Shandong Luneng 1(Pu Chen)
SuperSport TH Academy 1(Thabelo Mulaudzi)Royal Wahingdoh 1(Sushil Ahongshangbam).Royal Wahingdoh won 5-3 on penalties
ADO Den Haag 4(Jan Verduijn 2, Trevor David, Daude van der Kust)USYSA 0
Jomo Cosmos 0 Sunward Park 0.Cosmos won 5-4 on penalties
Aspire Academy 2(Ghassen Ben Gharbia, Said El Sayed)Toronto FC 2(Tomasz Balicki, Alexander Pena).Toronto won 3-0 on penalties
Sunderland AFC 1(Joshua Robson)K-Stars 3(Charles Yande, Patson Daka, Dan Casey og)
SEMI-FINAL 1: Club Tijuana 2(Daniel Gonzalez, Alexis Villalpando)CESD La Djiri 1(Bel Durel Avouno)
SEMI-FINAL 2: Atletico Mineiro 1(Marco Tulio)Mamelodi Sundowns 0
08.15 – 15th Place Playoff –Kaizer Chiefs (guest team) vs SuperSport TH Academy
09.00 – 13th Place Playoff –Shandong Luneng vs Royal Wahingdoh
09.30 – 11th Place Playoff –Sunward Park vs USYSA Select
10.15 – 3rd Place Playoff –CESD La Djiri vs Mamelodi Sundowns
10.45 – 9th Place Playoff –Jomo Cosmos vs ADO Den Haag
12.00 – 7th Place Playoff –Aspire Academy vs Sunderland AFC
11.45 – 5th Place Playoff –Toronto FC vs K Stars
13.15 – Final –Club Tijuana vs Clube Atletico Mineiro
|CESD La Djiri(Congo)||3||2||0||1||4||3||6 (Q)|
|Toronto FC (Canada)||3||1||2||0||4||3||5|
|Shandong Luneng (China)||3||1||1||1||3||3||4|
|Jomo Cosmos (SA)||3||0||1||2||3||5||1|
|Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)||3||3||0||0||7||2||9|
|ADO Den Haag (Holland)||3||1||1||1||4||4||4|
|Supersport TH Academy (SA)||3||0||0||3||4||10||0|
|Club Tijuana (Mexico)||3||2||1||0||6||2||7|
|Aspire Academy (Qatar)||3||1||2||0||4||1||5|
|Sunward Park (SA)||3||1||1||1||4||2||4|
|Saki West (Nigeria)||3||0||0||3||0||9||0|
|Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)||3||3||0||0||8||1||9 (Q)|
|Royal Wahingdoh (India)||3||0||2||1||1||4||2|
4 – Jan Verduijn (ADO Den Haag)
3 – Patson Daka (K-Stars), Lovers Malatsi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luca Uccello (Toronto FC)
2 – Sushil Ahongshangbam (Royal Wahingdoh), Connor DeFilippis (USYSA), Michel Gafiny (CESD La Djiri), Mpumelelo Hlatshwayo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Keven (Atletico Mineiro), Thabelo Mulaudzi (SuperSport TH Academy), Khomotso Marebane (Jomo Cosmos), Dennis van der Heijden (ADO Den Haag), Own Goals
1 – Adson (Clube Atletico Mineiro), Bel Durel Avouno (CESD La Djiri), Tianci Bai (Shandong Luneng), Tomasz Balicki (Toronto FC), Ghassen Ben Gharbia (Aspire Academy), Levy Berry (Sunward Park), Bruno (Atletico Mineiro), Cesar (Atletico Mineiro), Pu Chen (Shandong Luneng), Thabang Chuene (Mamelodi Sundowns), Trevor David (ADO Den Haag), Athenkosi Dladla (SuperSport TH Academy), Said El Sayed (Aspire Academy), Flavino (Atletico Mineiro), Daniel Gonzalez (Club Tijuana), Joao Victor (Atletico Mineiro), Li Liu (Shandong Luneng), Tshepiso Mbongwa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mthokozisi Mngadi (SuperSport United), Kagiso Moshtetsi (Jomo Cosmos), Enock Mwepu (K-Stars), Andrew Nelson (Sunderland), Notha Ngcobo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Karabo Nkoana (SuperSport United), Lionel Ondongo Opera (CESD La Djiri), Alexander Pena (Toronto FC), Daniel Pybus (Sunderland), Joshua Robson (Sunderland), Juan Rodriguez (Club Tijuana), Yves Tchicaya (CESD La Djiri), Kevin Timachy (Toronto FC), Marco Tulio (Atletico Mineiro), Daude van der Kust (ADO Den Haag), Marco Vargas (Club Tijuana), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana), Alexis Villalpando (Club Tijuana), Charles Yande (K-Stars)
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