- By PHUAH EU JIN -
PETALING JAYA: The Slovakian Under-15 national team emerged champions of the inaugural Under-15 Frenz International Cup football tournament after edging Iran’s Persepolis FC 5-3 in a penalty shooutout at the MBPJ Stadium last night.
Both sides could not break the deadlock after the mandatory 80 minutes and it was down to a penalty shootout to decide the winners.
Captain Saeed Hossinpour missed the first penalty for Persepolis and it proved to be a costly one.
The Slovakians were perfect from all their five mandatory penalties with Martin Sulek firing home the winning kick.
It was sweet revenge for the Slovakians as they were beaten 3-1 by Persepolis in their group stage match.
The Slovakians took home the Cup and US$50,000 top prize. Slovakian Lubomir Tupta also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and the US$3,000 prize money. Tupta was also the tournament’s top scorer with four goals.
Slavia Praha of the Czech Republic were awarded the Fair Play trophy.
In an earlier match, Frenz United Malaysia clinched third spot after beating the Malaysian Under-15 side 2-0. Muhammad Akhmar Haiqal scored both the goals.
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