Great semifinals in Puma Trophy: ”We’re going to win again”
The semifinals in Puma Trophy have been played at SKF Arena.
A packed stadium got to see Right to Dream (B17E), AIK (B17E), NorCal Premier PDP (G17E) and Minnesota Hunter Academy (G17E) advance to the finals.
– We came here to win. Now we’re going to do it again, says Lauren Hunter, captain for NorCal Premier PDP.
The American team won the Puma Trophy last year after an impressive tournament and performance in the final. Today they advanced to the final after a 6–0 win against the Swedish team Umeå IK.
– This is the second time in a row I’m being here and this will be the second final I’m being able to attend. It’s super exciting. We’ve been preparing for this. And now we are doing it, says Lauren Hunter.
She’s pleased with their performance.
– It was great. We came out here to win and that’s what we are doing, says the captain of NorCal Premier PDP.
Lauren Hunter scored the 3–0 goal in the semifinal at SKF Arena.
– It was amazing to score in front of this crowd. Last year I played in front of many people as well. To do it again was a great feeling.
She’s very excited about the final at Gamla Ullevi tomorrow.
– It was really good to win last year. I was very happy. Of course we can win. We came here to win. Now we’re going to do it again! says Lauren Hunter.
It will be an all-American final as Minnesota Thunder Academy beat Arna-Björnar from Norway by five goals to three in an entertaining game late on Friday.
Right to Dream from Ghana is very popular among the spectators. They played in front of a new stadium record at SKF Arena: 8 500 people. Their semifinal against Mjällby AIF from Sweden was a thriller. It was tied until the last minute, when they got a penalty. Nene scored and sent Right to Dream to the final in Puma Trophy. The players celebrated a lot afterwards. Because the penalty kick was the last thing that happened in the semifinal.
– We’re very happy. The teams gave it all. It was tough out there and it was dramatic. This is football! Now we’re through to the final. We’re going to get ready for tomorrow, says the coach Djimi Traoré, who won the Champions League with Liverpool FC in 2005.
They will face the Swedish team AIK in the final, as AIK booked their ticket to the final thanks to a 2–0 win over Deportivo Cali from Colombia.