Gothia Cup

First teams are through to the finals

Hammarby IF F11A will meet FC New England in the G12 final.

The two semi-finals in the G12 category were high-scoring meetings where the action was playing out until the end.

It was set up to be exciting between four very good teams. Qiong zhong nv zu from China played against Swedish side Hammarby IF F11A. The first goal came early on for Hammarby and they went into half-time with the lead. In the second half, the Chinese side got two goals back in quick succession, attempting to turn the score around but Hammarby were not letting them back into the game. Instead, the Swedes scored a few quick goals to make the final score 6–2 and book their place in the final.

Captain Nicole Rydberg, 12 years old, comments on the match.
– We knew they were a very good team and we knew that we needed to keep the pace up. It was good that we were tough in the box. We played well, she says.

Now they are going to prepare for tomorrow’s final.
– We’re going to get hyped up and we’re going to get the gold. The support in the stands means a lot to us, it’s really fun actually, Rydberg says.

In the other semi-final, Makati FC from the Philippines was up against FC New England from USA. The Americans took the lead through some direct attacking and playing the ball really well up the pitch. Their defense was put to the test by Makati but in the end, they could not make enough of an impact against the Americans. The final score was 5–1 to New England.

Four of the five goals came through Brielle Carozzoni, 12 years old.
– It feels really good because we all worked as a team to get to where we are right now. This was probably one of our best games because we all worked together and we moved the ball quickly, and we talked a lot, Carozzoni says.

How are you going to prepare for the final?
– Sleep and hydrate. We have a really good chance, as long as everyone does their best, Carozzoni says.

The game will be played at Heden 4 at 11 am.