On Saturday December 19th the long-awaited Latin Cup was played, returning after several years with its thirteenth edition.
Faced with a decent frame of the public, the different teams involved have created memorable matches, rich in emotions, great plays and extraordinary goals.
The first match of the tournament, that involved the host country Italy and rookies Monaco, ended on the score of 8-7 in favor of the striking Monegasque Squad. In the first part of the match the Azzurri, thanks to a great game by striker Luca Licini, went ahead by three networks, but a lapse in concentration in the end of the first half allowed the recovery of our opponents, who set the final score of the first time at 3-2. In the second half of the match, with Italy mentally discouraged, Monaco completed its comeback and then went ahead by two goals. In the final part of the match, Del Giudice’s team tried to get back to a tie, but they finally had to surrender to the Monegasques who thus flew to the Final thanks to the final victory 8-7.
The second semi-final, which saw instead the national teams of France and El Salvador, was dominated by the “Bleus” led by Mister Cristophe Cariat. The French, in a very physical game characterized by the strong competitive spirit of all the players who took to the field, were able, thanks to a superb game by goalkeeper and captain Clement Granjon, to prevail on the Central American squad with a 5-2 final score.
After the two semi-finals, an exhibition match of the OPEN category took place, involving two teams of disabled athletes from the ANFAS from Imperia and the SPES of Ventimiglia. The two teams, the ”Atletico… ma non troppo” and “Diversamente Barca”, created two very good and eventful games, to the happiness of both the public and the athletes themselves.
The day continued with the 3rd-4th place final between Italy and El Salvador. The Central Americans, tried by the very physical game sustained against France, surrendered to Mr. Del Giudice’s team, who took home an excellent third place thanks to the final victory for 10-3.
Finally at 19.00 the long-awaited final between France and Monaco began. The two teams created a memorable match, and the regular 40 minutes of play were not enough to decide the winner of the Tournament. The two National Teams in fact finished the second half of the match at 3-3 and then had to go into extra time. After the French advantage, Monegasques, despite the extraordinary display by French goalkeeper Granjon who neutralized two free throws, managed to equalize just seconds away from the end. In the penalties, after two errors on the French Squad’s part, the Monegasques triumphed, thus winning their historic first Latin Cup.