Man City Wins International Championship In Penalty Shootout
Manchester City has won the International Prospects Cup Championship after a nail-biting penalty shootout ended 8-7 against Fluminense.
For 50 minutes, neither team was able to find the back of the net instead focusing on defense and patient ball possession. Fluminense had the better chances, including an indirect free kick inside the penalty area, but they were not able to break through.
The game opened up more after halftime, with the teams trading chances. City thought they had scored the opener when Thomas James Olyott cut in on his left foot and curled a chance towards the bottom corner, but Fluminense goalie Pedro Luiz de Andrade tracked the shot and stuck out a strong hand to fight it off.
At the other end of the pitch, Fluminense came within inches of a breakthrough, but Joel Ndala cleared the ball off the line. In the final seconds of the match, City pushed forward in one last attack only to have their chance charged down by the Brazilian keeper.
That forced the match to penalties, where Honor nearly became a hero by saving Fluminense’s third kick; while he got a hand to it, the ball still spun over the line.
Both teams remained perfect through the seventh round of the shootout. Manchester City dispatched their eighth penalty, but Honor got a strong hand to Renan de Andrade’s strike ending a 15 straight PK streak.
The intervention sends City to the Prospects Cup Championship against Weston FC on Friday at 10:45AM EST.
Fluminense will get a chance to rebound in tomorrow’s Consolation game against FC Dallas at 9:00AM.
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