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ConIFA WFC 3rd Place Play-Off: Padania 0-0 Szekely Land (5-4 on pens) @ Queen Elizabeth Stadium II, Enfield


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Padania and Szekely Land said farewell to the ConIFA World Football Cup with a penalty shootout following a tight 0-0 draw at Enfield, with Padania stopper Marco Murriello securing bronze for his team. 

The game was unfortunately without any real major highlights. Both teams looked as though the effect of six matches in ten days, as well as grueling semi-finals in Carshalton two days before, had finally caught up with them.

The Szekely Land fans continued with their impressive chanting as the teams trudged along to the beat, very little happened in a first half devoid of chances. The sides met in the group stages with Padania prevailing 3-1 but that was never really in any chance of repeating.

The second half saw teams perform slightly better with Innocenti firing into the side netting and Pal Somogyi in the Szekely Land goal impressed with confident goalkeeping coming out to deal with crosses and looking a lot more comfortable than his teammate Horvat did in the semi-final

Bjalko went close for the Hungarians with a free-kick but as Szekely Land could not break down a defence marshaled by Marinus Stankevicius, the Padanian strike force was met by the man mountain of Csaba Csizmadia, the former Hungary international, now at Budafoki in the Hungarian second tier earned himself many comparisons to Sami Hyypia with this appearance and playing style. 

The majority of chances were really half chances at best with Ravasi and Szocs, who went close with a shot after a fine dribble early in the first half the only flashes.

The game went to penalties and when Rosset had his chance saved, Szekely Land had the lead, however, Szocs missed before Murriello saved from Csizer to end Padania's fine tournament with a victory.

The Szekely Land players were given a heroes send off by their supporters having made the semi-finals having finished bottom of their group two years ago in Abkhazia.

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