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ConIFA WFC: The main stories from the quarter-finals and first placement round

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The ConIFA World Football Cup began its knockout phase today. The group winners and runners-up played in four quarter-finals, whilst the sides eliminated will play in a series of placement rounds, to ensure all teams will play a set of six fixtures. The placement rounds determine final tournament ranking.

Placement Round 1

The day began with the news Ellan Vannin will withdraw from the tournament in protest following the Mo Bettamer controversy

Having been set to take on Tibet at Hayes Lane, Bromley, Ellan Vannin were replaced at short notice by a London Turkish All Star Select XI. 

Hassan Nalbet scored early on to put the Turks in the lead firing into the roof of the net. Ali Avci then volleyed in to double the lead, before Nalbet added two extra goals. 

Tibet's fans were impressive and they threatened but were unable to score. 

At the same time, Kabylia took on Matabeleland in Enfield. Both teams took the initiative with fine attacking play but met two defensive masterclasses sending the game to penalties. Musa Stambert missed before Enzo Mezaib converted to give the North Africans a 4-3 victory after six penalties each.

Abkhazia beat Tamil Eelam 6-0 in Aveley. Despite the Abkhazis only being 1-0 up at half-time, the reigning world champions scored five second-half goals thanks to fast, counter-attacking play.

In the other Placement Round game of the day, United Koreans of Japan got their first win at the tournament with a stunning 5-0 victory over Tuvalu. Goals from Ken Taiyama, a Tong Suong Lee double as well as strikes from Young Ju Shing and Su Hyeon Mun were on offer in Bracknell. 

Quarter-Finals

Northern Cyprus's 8-0 victory over Barawa in Sutton was featured on The National Student.

They will face Padania who overcame Panjab 2-0. The game was physical and intense, but after Stankevicius was fouled in the boss, Innocenti gave the Padanians the lead with a penalty.

Panjab surged forward looking for a winner but Innocenti won the ball in the area and ran the entire length of the pitch to set up Nicolo Pavan to stroke the ball home.

Karpatalja's 3-1 victory over Cascadia in Sutton was featured on The National Student.

Szekely Land took on Western Armenia in the other tie at Bromley. In another heated match, Sammi Kaya was sent off before a Western Armenia coach was sent off for a confrontation with a group of fans. Tank Zsolt bagged a goal beating the goalkeeper at the far corner to put the Western Armenians in a worrying position.

Csaba Cszimadia doubled the Szekely lead with a header, Western Armenia went 0-3 down before Yagan Hiraç's dismissal after a confrontation put his team down to 9 men. A mistake at the back meant Western Armenia conceding a fourth before the end of the game.

Placement Round Two

The Chagos Islands, a side representing those displaced by the building of British and US naval bases in the Indian Ocean will fulfill Ellan Vannin's second placement round fixture.

The matches all on the 7th June are as follows -

The Chagos Islands v Matabeleland, 1200, Parkside, Aveley.

Tamil Eelam v Tuvalu, 1200, Gander Green Lane, Sutton.

Tibet v Kabylia, 1200, Queen Elizabeth II, Enfield.

Abkhazia v United Koreans of Japan, 1200, Hayes Lane, Bromley.

Barawa v Panjab, 1500, Gander Green Lane, Sutton.

Cascadia v Western Armenia, 1500, Hayes Lane, Bromley

Semi-Finals

Both semi-finals will also take place on the 7th June.

Northern Cyprus v Padania, 1700, War Memorial Sports Ground, Carshalton.

Karpatalja v Szekely Land, 2000, War Memorial Sports Ground, Carshalton.

The National Student will feature the Chagos Islands v Matabeleland tie as well as both semi-finals, which will involve live Twitter coverage and full match reports after the game. 

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