ConIFA WFC Final: Northern Cyprus 0-0 Karpatalja (2-3 on pens) @ Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield.
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Three penalty saves from Bela Csongor meant Karpatalja won the ConIFA World Football Cup with a victory over Northern Cyprus in a packed Enfield crowd.Demand from spectators meant the kick-off was delayed for 30 minutes, in the meantime, a group of dancers entertained the crowd as tension built while the main stand became
An overwhelming proportion of the crowd were Cypriots, though the supporters of Szekely Land remained after their third-place play-off defeat to Padania to put their support behind their fellow ethnic Hungarians in Karpatalja. The fans continued with their signature flags creating a wall of colour behind the goal during the warm-up. The display would continue at points during the match, contributing to the vibrant atmosphere. When the two sides met for the opening group game, the tie finished 1-1 and the first half was once more incredibly even.
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The Northern Cyprus fans to their credit clapped their victors as the Karpatalja team partied into the night. All teams in the tournament were paraded before Csongor lifted the trophy and led the Hungarian fans in emotional and passionate chanting. Karpatalja, of course, only entered the tournament after Felvidek's late withdrawal, but they took their chance when it mattered, overcoming some tough teams to be crowned world champions.
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