2019-11-28 22:40Publicity DepartmentEditor：mahuanyu
On the evening of November 27, top four men’s groups for the KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup-Football all came into being. The University of the Republic (Uruguay), the University of Wollongong (Australia), Myongji University (ROK) and the Autonomous University of Mexico State (Mexico) will continue to play in the field for the crown of the first FISU World Cup. It is worth mentioning that all the four teams are the second runners in their respective groups, proving that the top eight teams were equally matched.
The Malaga University, the first runner of Group A, encounters the University of the Republic, the first of Group D. The two teams have different styles. The Malaga University team is good at finding opportunities through short passes in the middle while the University of Republic team frequently threatens the other half with a long pass by relying on its speed and physical strength. In the first half, the University of Republic team had the upper hand by taking advantage of a corner kick. At the very start of the second half, the Malaga University team pressed ahead and tried many times to threaten the opponent’s goal with long-range shots from outside the restricted area. In the 65th minute, the University of Republic team seized the opportunity for counterattack by scoring another goal and finally advanced to the semi-finals with a dominant 2:0 over the opponent. After the match, the players couldn’t hide their excitement and danced in the sidelines and dressing rooms to celebrate their victory.
In another match where the Paulista University, a team which aims at winning the championship, was taken the lead by the Autonomous University of Mexico State after the beginning of the match. Both sides vied for the initiatives through proactive competition in the front court. After adjusting the state, the Paulista University began to control the game and broke through the opponent’s defense line by the wing play for many times. But it failed to score a goal. At the beginning of the second half, the Paulista University broke the deadlock by a free kick. The Autonomous University of Mexico State leveled the score also by a free kick in the 81st minute. The Autonomous University of Mexico State, gathered momentum in the penalty kicks and eliminated the Paulista University with a total score of 4:3, thus winning a precious place in the top four.
The two Asian teams, Bangkok Thonburi University and Myongji University, met in the quarterfinal. As finalists in last year's AUSF Football Cup, the two teams are well-matched and both are eager to show their strength in a bigger stage. At the beginning of the game, Bangkok Thonburi University took preemptive measures of wing play to pose threats, while Myongji University frequently attacked on the opponent's defense by making great runs. Attacking against each other, the two teams didn't lack defense, and they ended up scoreless after 90 minutes. On penalty kicks, the goalkeeper of Myongji University rendered outstanding service. Finally, Myongji University exacted revenge on Bangkok Thonburi University by 5:3.
Smolensk State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism (Russia), the first runner of Group D encountered the University of Wollongong (Australia). Only five minutes into the game, the goalkeeper of Smolensk Sport Academy awarded an indirect free kick to the opponent.Then University of Wollongong embraced the opportunity and scored. Smolensk Sport Academy fell behind, so they frequently lobbed the ball to pose threats in opposite penalty area. However the goalkeeper of the University of Wollongong was spectacular and made many excellent saves. In the 65th minutes of the second half, after being stolen in the front court, the University of Wollongong stroke back and score another goal. They beat the opponent 2:0 and stormed into semi-finals.
The semi-finals will be held on November 29, with the University of Wollongong versus the Autonomous University of Mexico State, the University of the Republic versus Myongji University. (Publicity Department of the Organizing Committee)