Last weekend in the indoor arena “Sportima” the famous tournament “Ateitis CUP” was being played by footballers born at 2006 and 2008.
One of the age groups had drama from start to finish while the other was bested by Bergamo “Atalanta”.
Nobody was on par with the Italians, letting them easily win all of their games including the final in which “Atalanta” won 9:3 against the Polish “Brychczy”.
“ It was sad to let such a chance slip away”,- said Deivis Kančelskis, the coach of “Šiauliai” after their last group match. His side was leading 3:1 against Naujoji Vilnia “Granitas” , however in the end they lost 3:4. Even a draw would have been enough to put “Šiauliai” in the final.
Although in the battle for third place, “Šiauliai” bested Vilnius “Vytis” 1:0, who were unfortunate and missed their opportunity to be between the winners of “Ateitis CUP” for the first time.
In the 12 year old groups from the first days the favourite was “Manchester City” who played one of the more thrilling games of the tournament against Kharkov “Metalist”.
While on their way to the final Minsk “Dinamo” faced Madrid’s “Moratalaz” academy. After an intense game “Dinamo” won 1:0.
The battle for third place was won by “Metalist” by penalty shootout. The final was also left undecided after the main time. “Dinamo” Minsk had the fortune on their side and won the shootout against the favourite “Manchester City”.
At the same time at two different stadiums the games of U-15 and U-17 were being played. Between the fifteen year olds, team Kyiv “Dinamo” were victorious. In the final they defeated their opponents “Liepaja”. Third spot was taken by Borisov “Bate” .
In the elder groups team Kaliningrad “SDJUSSHOR” were the undefeated champions. Second place was taken by “Ateitis” and third was for Saint Petersburg “Brigantina”.