Panasonic National Sports Complex, Shah Alam
Game 1 0900 Paris Saint Germain vs Mito Hollyhock (Under-14)
A game that began timidly with both sets of players non-committal towards attack, wary perhaps of exposing themselves at the start. The Parisians however took the initiative, when Chekifa Nadir finished off a series of short passes inside the Mito Hollyhock penalty area with a stab into goal in the
The 17th minute saw the Japanese side so nearly gaining parity when a Naoki Goto attempt from outside the penalty box shaved the Parisian bar on its way over. The second half, however, saw Mito Hollyhock desperately out of ideas and Paris Saint Germain duly gained ascendancy of the game. Chekifa Nadir again proved to be the toast of his team with a sweet dribble that took out even Keisuke Suzuki, the Mito Hollyhock goalkeeper on its way into goal. Final score Paris Saint Germain 2 Mito Hollyhock 0.
Game 2 1050 AZ Alkmaar vs FF South Australia (Under-13)
AZ Alkmaar charged forward en masse from the kick off whistle eager to make a quick kill off a side which had been beaten 0-10 the day before. The Aussies however, kept their heads calm and their rearguard tight, even managing some dangerous counterattacks through Gildas Gomwikezwa on their right flank.
It was not till the second half that the FF South Australia dam broke, as Bayern Alton steals forward in a crowded penalty area to put AZ Alkmaar ahead.5 minutes later, the second goal arrived for the boys in red, Dave Jacobs pouncing on a loose ball from the FF South Australia keeper from a fiercely struck freekick.
FF South Australia to their credit did not put their heads down and brought the game to their opponents. Their attacks were blunted however against a stubborn AZ Alkmaar defence, leaving gaps for a heart breaking third goal of the game through another Bayern Alton finish. 3-0 to AZ Alkmaar, and a Cup semi-final berth secured.
Game 3 1240 Gyeongnam FC vs Aspire Academy (Under-14)
It was a question of who would get themselves off the canvas first for both set of teams who had suffered opening day defeats. Gyeongnam FC’s Kim Mon Soo in the 8th minute tried to answer that question with a sumptuous shot from outside the penaly area only for A-Hay the Aspire Academy keeper to show a safe pair of hands.
Scoreless at the break, but the second half was barely a minute old when Gyeongnam FC took the lead. Aspire Academy responded in kind just minutes later as Hamza twisted and danced his way from the right hand side of the pitch before feeding Al-Marri for the equalizer.
Aspire Academy’s come from behind win was completed in the 69th minute as Suraq profited from Gyeongnam FC’s temporary switch-off in defence to plunge the a decisive second goal of the game. Gyeongnam FC 1 Aspire Academy 2.
MSN Field D Bukit Jalil
Game 1 0900 AMD Malaysia Cougars vs Arsenal FC(Under-14)
An eagerly anticipated game lined up by rows of parents and supporters down on the touchlines. The Gunners however soaked up the atmosphere and the incessant AMD Malaysia Cougars attack and walked away with a 2-1 victory and a Cup Semi-final berth secured. Try as their might, AMD Malaysian Cougars failed to add on their 62nd minute goal.
Game 2 1050 AMD Malaysia Panthers vs Foolad Sepahan (Under-14)
After shooting themselves in the foot yesterday with a soft goal against PSG, AMD Malaysia Panthers totally lost the plot today against Foolad Sepahan. The Iranians admirably rose from yesterdays’ bashing against Mito Hollyhock to register a 2-0 win against their hosts.
Onlookers would readily admit the Yellow Lions from Tehran dominated the game through their sheer physical presence.
Game 3 1240 Urawa Red Diamonds vs Buriram United(Under-13)
A highly intense game played against the backdrop of searing temperature in this afternoon game. Both sets of players tried their best to break the deadlock, but no goals came. Both teams are still undeafeated in this competition, with Cup semis qualification yet to be secured.
MSN Field E, Bukit Jalil
Game1 0910 AMD Malaysian Cougars vs HNK Hajduk Split(Under-12)
AMD Malaysian Cougars picked up where they left off yesterday with a 4-0 detonation of HNK Hajduk Split to advance to the Cup semi-finals, much to the delight of the army of parents and supporters down by the touchlines cheering them on.
HNK Hajduk Split gamely fought on till the end but there was to be no reward for their endeavours as they succumbed to their second defeat of the tournament.
Game 2 1100 AMD Malaysian Panthers vs Sporting Club de Portugal(Under-12)
Sporting Club De Portugal marched on into the Cup semi-finals with a comprehensive 3-0 win over a spirited AMD Malaysian Panthers side. The superiority in class and technique clearly overwhelmed the best that AMD Malaysian Panthers could throw at their Portuguese opponents.
Game 3 1250 Kashima Antlers vs FF South Australia (Under-12)
3-0 to the Japanese side in a game played under the hot burning afternoon sun. Both sets of players gave their all, with Kashima Antlers keeping calm composure in the face of a spirited FF South Australia offence, picking them off when the chances presented themselves.
Maybank Academy Field B Bangi
Game 1 0900 AMD Malaysian Cougars vs Gyeongnam FC (Under-13)
AMD Malaysian Cougars continue on stealing the headlines, following up from a 10-0 blasting of FF South Australia yesterday with a 12-1 destruction of Gyeongnam FC. With mechanical efficiency and robotic composure, one by one the goals were created, celebrated and repeated again, with Gyeongnam FC managing a consolation goal in the 60th minute. Cup semi-finals deservedly for the boys in blue.
Game 2 AMD Malaysian Panthers vs Paris Saint Germain(Under-13)
First win of the tournament for PSG Under-13 who quickly built up a 3-0 lead before sitting back and living on the counter-attack diet against their increasingly desperate hosts. A singular consolation goal was managed by AMD Malaysian Panthers, but sadly it couldn’t prevent their second defeat of the tournament.3-1 to the Rogue et Bleus.