Aspire International win Al Kass Cup
25 Jan 2014 - 7:30
Aspire International winners of the 2014 Al Kass International Cup celebrate their win over Spanish giants Real Madrid in the final in Doha on Thursday night.
Doha: Aspire International defeated Spanish giants Real Madrid in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the 2014 Al Kass International Cup.
Terrific going forward, organised in possession and uncompromising in defence, International were deserving winners on a night that will go down in history.
With the scores level at the end of the 90 minutes, the match was decided in the cruelest of fashions in front of a capacity crowd.
Cheered on from the stands by hundreds of supporters, tonight was Aspire’s chance to shine, and shine they did.
Aspire took the lead when midfielder Alasana Manneh chose to lay off to captain Jean Mvondo, who poked home into the bottom right corner.
In the game’s 90th minute, Aspire learned the hard way - as so many teams have during this tournament - that profligacy in front of goal is likely to be punished.
Madrid were awarded a somewhat fortuitous penalty after Aspire keeper Francis Uzoho pounced at the feet of Madrid’s Nestor Gonzales.
Stepping up to the spot having just been brought down, the striker rifled the ball past Uzoho to fire in his fifth of the tournament and take the game to penalties. Aspire keeper Francis Uzoho saved Javier Carrera to give them victory. The Peninsula