AMERICA WIN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOURNAMENT

America Belo Horizonte were crowned winners of the sixth Feyenoord International Youth Tournament in the Kuip Sunday after an marathon final. The Brazilian’s war of attrition with PSV went to the twenty-second penalty after the sides finished goalless after extra time. Elsewhere, Vitesse Arnhem mauled Real Madrid 3-0 in the third-place playoff, while Feyenoord finished out of the medals in sixth, but they did boast the player of the tournament: Jordan Opuku.

Although the final never lived up to expectations America, Belo Horizonte deserved their victory. The Brazilians showed they had the biggest appetite all through the tournament. That said, Vagner’s team looked to have bitten off more than they could chew in the final against a rock-solid PSV, and the game was one of few goalmouth opportunities. Nil-nil at the end of normal time, the teams were unable to make the breakthrough in extra time either, so it all came down to penalties. Both sides appeared up for it as the first twenty-two attempts ended up in the back of the net. The players started on a second round and first to show his nerves was PSV’s Jasar Takak, who put his kick wide of the target. In reply, up stepped Michel to stroke the ball home to secure the trophy and send his team into samba mode. AMERICA BELO HORIZONTE - PSV 0-0 AET America win on penalties. --- all stats --- Poule A Feyenoord Vitesse América Belo Horizonte Club Brugge Poule B Real Madrid PSV Blackburn Rovers Supersport United Friday May 17 2002 Feyenoord - América Belo Horizonte (0-1) 11.00 Supersport United – Blackburn Rovers (2-2) 12.30 Vitesse – Club Brugge (2-0) 14.00 Real Madrid – PSV (0-1) 15.30 Vitesse – América Belo Horizonte (2-3) 17.00 Feyenoord – Club Brugge (3-1) 18.30 Blackburn Rovers – PSV (0-0) 20.00 Supersport United- Real Madrid (0-1) Saturday May 18 2002 10.00 Real Madrid – Blackburn Rovers (1-1) 11.30 PSV- Supersport United (1-0) 13.00 Feyenoord - Vitesse (1-1) 14.30 América Belo Horizonte – Club Brugge (1-1) END POULE A 1. 2w - 1g - 0v: 7pnt (5-3) : América Belo Horizonte 2. 1w - 1g - 1v: 4pnt (5-4) : Vitesse ------------------------------- 3. 1w - 1g - 1v: 4pnt (4-3) : Feyenoord 4. 0w - 1g - 2v: 0pnt (2-6) : Club Brugge END POULE B 1. 2w - 1g - 0v: 7pnt (2-0) : PSV 2. 1w - 1g - 1v: 4pnt (2-2) : Real Madrid ------------------------------- 3. 0w - 3g - 0v: 3pnt (3-3) : Blackburn Rovers 4. 0w - 1g - 2v: 1pnt (2-4) : Supersport United 17.00 America Belo Horizonte – Real Madrid (0-0 America wins by pen.) 18.30 Vitesse – PSV (1-2) Sunday May 19 2002 10.00 Club Brugge – Supersport Utd. (5-1) 11.30 Feyenoord – Blackburn Rovers (1-1 Blackburn Rovers wins by pen.) 13.00-13.30 Schoolchamps 14.00 3e/4e: Real Madrid – Vitesse (0-3) 15.30 final: America Belo Horizonte – PSV (0-0 America wins bij pen.)
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