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PHUKET: The majority of teams entered in the final week of the 2012 Fair Play League (FPL) still have a chance of claiming a top-three place.

Saturday 17 March 2012, 02:43PM

Brazil ran out winners in the Under 11 division of the 2012 Fair Play League.

Brazil ran out winners in the Under 11 division of the 2012 Fair Play League.

Playing at the Youth Football Home in Thalang on Saturday (March 10), the Under 14 Division kicked off with a cracker, matching the top two sides in a battle for the title.

Germany Green knew a win or draw against France would guarantee them the gold medal, whereas a loss to the French would see Les Bleus overtake them to claim the title.

In a one-sided first half, France, led by U14 top scorer Dep, took a 4-0 lead going into the break.

It looked as if France would run away with the match as they scored their fifth goal just a few minutes into the second half, but Germany Green staged an unbelievable comeback, scoring four times to come within a goal of France, and the point they needed for the title.

Germany Green staged their final do-or-die attack, and with seconds remaining broke through the French back line to score their fifth goal of the game, sending German supporters into rapture.

Final score: France 5, Germany Green 5 – enough to secure the title for Germany.

In a tight second match, Brazil played a good counter attacking game to beat Thailand 3-2 and leapfrog them into third placed to claim the bronze medal.

The final match saw basement team Germany White look to finish on a high by beating a strong Argentina team. But it was not to be, as Argentina squeezed past for a 7-6 victory.

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The Under 11 division was equally exciting on the final day. The first match saw Germany Green occupy top place on the league ladder following a 5-1 victory over France.

This meant that Brazil needed a victory in the final match against an improving Thailand team to reclaim top spot and seal the title.

The first half finished 0-0 and it looked as if a shock might be on the cards. After a constructive team talk by the Brazil coach though, the Samba Boys came out with more purpose in the second half and pressed the Thailand team back early on, scoring a crucial goal to take the lead midway through the second half.

This lead was extended with a few minutes remaining to secure the victory and claim the title as Under 11 champions.
The final game saw a fight for the Bronze medal as Germany White and Argentina started the match on the same points with the German team holding the bronze medal place on goal difference.

It was Argentina who started stronger, storming to a 3-1 lead with Under 11 top scorer Joe Hunter grabbing a first half hat-trick.

But the second half was a different story as Germany White found their form and scored two unanswered
goals to draw level.

An inspired Germany White then pressed on, and with a minute remaining scored their fourth goal of the game to grab a 4-3 victory and the bronze medal.



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