26 September 2010

Homeless World Cup - Philippines win final against Norway

The match started at a high tempo, with both keepers tested in the early stages.

Norway then took the lead through a powerful strike from Lund into the bottom corner.

Both sides battled hard to retain possession, and Philippines' woes were increased when star striker Pasion suffered an injury following a robust challenge.

They didn't let this phase them however, and were back on level terms soon after when Aragon outwitted the Norwegian defender with a faked shot before burying the ball in the corner.

Philippines then introduced a second Pasion who had an immediate impact with two goals in a matter of minutes, the first a lovely placed finish past the Norwegian goalkeeper.

The Philippines missed the chance to extend their lead when Aragon blasted a penalty wide and the half-time score remained 3-1.

Norway came out after the break with renewed energy and signalled their intentions with a goal from Hansen straight after kick off.

They now began to boss the game and Pedersen's dancing feet started to open up the Philippines defence. A well worked goal levelled the score at 3-3, and it seemed as if the Scandinavians would go on to take the lead.

The Philippines were undeterred however, and snatched victory right at the death when a long ball was chased down by Maravilla who rifled a shot underneath the goalkeeper.

Report by Matthew Stanger

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