www.ijjnews.com, Dec. 2 -- In the men’s final held on the night of December 1, a final battle between the team of University of the Republic (Uruguay) and the team of University of Wollongong (Australia) kicked off in Jinjiang Football Park. Neither team got the upper hand within 90 minutes, so the game was carried into extra time. Finally, the team of University of the Republic defeated the team of University of Wollongong with a result of 2-1 by virtue of the penalty kick at the end of the game and became the champion of men’s group.
From the very beginning of the first half, the team of University of the Republic started a lightning war by breaking into the opposite penalty area. Before the rival resuming its spirit, the team of University of the Republic started the second wave of offenses. Player No. 7 Santiago Pallares Palomeque, the team leader, received a teammate' pass, made a direct attack in the rival's penalty area and scored the goal, earning the team an advantageous position only 3 minutes after the kick-off. The team of University of Wollongong also refused to admit being inferior and fought back fiercely right away. Player No. 9 Marcus Beattie from the team of University of Wollongong, who scored two goals in previous semifinals, scored a goal on the left side of the penalty area in the 11th minute, drawing even the score. Then, the competition between teams entered the white-hot stage during which time both sides worked very hard to get every chance for ball control and neither gave way to the other. No progress was seen in the remaining time and the first half ended with 1-1.
In the second half, the both teams launched offense and defense, turning the situation into a stalemate. Both teams changed their deployment of players to boost their attacks. In the last 10 minutes of the match, both forward players frequently made threatening moves by means of the declining physique of the opposite defense line, and but neither had the chance to score a goal. The two teams could not win the match in 90 minutes, the game went into overtime.
In the extra time, both teams kept their chin up and struggled to make constant fierce attacks. In the 113th minute, the team of University of Wollongong breached the rules within the penalty area and the referee resolutely awarded a penalty kick. Santiago Pallares Palomeque, the team leader of the team of University of the Republic took the kick and scored the goal. Thanks to the team leader's second successful shot, the team of University of the Republic finally defeated the team of University of Wollongong by 2-1.