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Croatia Stun Brazil and lift the World Cup
Controversy, late substitutions, record crowds (of about 7) and a stunning final game - the culmination of the Table Football World Cup had it all.
First up was Brazil v England in the semi-final. Brazil fielded a changed lineup with Tom Snape stepping in for Yan Carvalho. He turned out to be a more than able replacement as Brazil thrashed England 13-1 with Tom Snape's stingy defence a perfect match for a rampant Tom Parker up front.
Then it got confusing as so many people were unavailable so we ended up going straight to the final with Brazil facing an all-star Croatian staff team of Simon Woodward & Mike Graham who had never played together before.
The final kicked off and from the start it was unbelievably tight with both teams defence and goalkeepers in fine form. Croatia struck first with a long range missile from the boot of Simon Woodward's defender. The previously very confident Brazil side were shellshocked, but managed to equalize before half time, 1-1.
The atmosphere at half time was very tense with both sides determined to win. No-one was expecting a tight low scoring final.
The second half started the same as the first with another long range rocket from defence regaining the lead for Croatia. Brazil tried get back into it, but Simon was a rock in defence and was completely stifling Tom Parker's aggressive attacking play. With Brazil committing more men forward (is that even possible? - Ed) they started to get picked off on the break by Mike and Croatia ended up running away convincing winners 5-1.
It was a superb end to a tournament which was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who took part. See you back for Table Football European Championships in 2016 :-)