For the third successive year a team from Brazil beat a German club 1-0 in the final of the Scout7-supported U19 Spax Cup, as Atlético Minerio edged out Borussia Dortmund in Ennepetal.
The final turned out to be a cagey affair, with the first meaningful goal attempt coming in the second half from Minerio forward João Vítor, who blazed narrowly over the bar from 25 yards.
The winning goal came courtesy of a mistake by Dortmund keeper Tim Siegemeyer, whose attempted pass out from the back was intercepted by Felipinho in the attacking third. His subsequent cross into the box from the left was met powerfully by an unmarked Matheus Nolasco, who headed be ball down into the far right corner.
Felipinho had a chance to double Minerio’s lead shortly afterwards, but his attempt on his weaker right foot was directed straight at Siegemeyer.
Dortmund didn’t get a clear-cut opportunity to score an equaliser and had appeals for handball turned away in the closing stages when Cihan Yildiz’s free-kick struck the wall in the penalty area.
That turned out to be the last kick of the game, with the final whistle signalling that Mineiro had secured their third Spax Cup title since 2005. It was a title that the Brazilians richly deserved, having gone through the entire tournament unbeaten without conceding a single goal in any of the five games they played.
Third place in the tournament went to FC Twente, who comfortably beat Eintracht Frankfurt in their play-off. Frankfurt were seriously depleted by injuries and were forced to field three guest players from TuS Ennetepal in their startling eleven.
Unfortunately one of those players, Lukas Josten, had the misfortune of opening the scoring for Twente after putting the ball into his own net and the Dutch side then took further advantage of Frankfrut’s enforced changes by adding further goals, firstly through Vincent Schmidt and then with a brace from Alvin Daniels to make the final score 4-0.
Galatasaray finished the tournament in fifth place after beating Olympiakos 1-0 through Hüseyin Tas’ goal, whilst Eintracht Braunschweig beat Ennepetal in the seventh place game 4-0 in a game which saw Niklas Albrecht grab a hat-trick.
Those goals saw Albrecht share the top goalscorer award with Minerio’s João Vítor, who also scored three goals in the competition.
All match information from the 2014 Spax Cup is available now through Scout7’s Intelligent Sports Framework(ISF) and ProScout7, whilst full match video from every game is available now in Scout7.tv.
The scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 Spax Cup Final, Matheus Nolasco