Review matchday 2: Swiss clubs clinch title on penalties

MATCHDAY REVIEW: Around 12.500 football fans made their way to the two immaculately prepared grass pitches at Altstetten in Zurich for the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup on 25 and 26 May 2022.
At the end of a tournament packed with drama aplenty, FC Zurich met their French counterparts from Olympique Lyonnais in the women’s final on Thursday evening. The match posed a formidable challenge for the Swiss, who finally found the target to level the scores at 1-1 just seconds before the final whistle. Zurich maintained their momentum in the subsequent penalty shootout to claim the trophy and win their fifth game of the tournament.

Meanwhile FC Basel also prevailed on penalties against Mainz 05 in the men’s final to remain the only unbeaten side in the competition, with four wins and one draw to their name.

All the highlights of the day’s matches can be found HERE on FIFA+.

Final day results

Group A
FC Zürich Frauen – VfL Wolfsburg 4:1
Valencia CF Femenino – FC Basel 1:0

Group B
Grasshopper Club Zürich – Olympique Lyonnais Féminin 0:2
FC Rosengård – BSC YB-Frauen 3:1

FC Zürich Frauen – FC Rosengård 3:0
Olympique Lyonnais Féminin – Valencia CF Femenino 2:0

FC Zürich Frauen – Olympique Lyonnais Féminin (FC Zürich won 6-5 on penalties)

Group A
FC Blue Stars Zürich – SL Benfica 0:6
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Zürich 1:2

Group B
Grasshopper Club Zürich – Valencia CF 1:1
FK Austria Wien – FC Basel 1893 1:1

FC Zürich – FC Basel 1893 2:4
FK Austria Wien – 1.FSV Mainz 05 0:2

1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Basel 1893 (FC Basel 1893 won 5-4 on penalties)

What they said

“It was an amazing experience to be able to play at this tournament. I’m so proud of our team – the fact that we were able to come out on top against international opponents is incredible.”
Leela Egli (FC Zürich Frauen, Best Women’s Player of the Tournament)

“Getting this far as a team is an indescribable feeling.”
Siv Schefer (FC Zürich Frauen)

“Winning a tournament is just a super feeling. The whole team are so happy for these young women. They constantly improved from the first match to the last, and in the end we managed to beat four international sides. I also think we deserve to win the tournament, as we have the best player of the tournament and scored the most goals. As a coach, I couldn’t be happier.”
Costa Vettas (FC Zürich Frauen coach)

“The tournament was exceptionally well organised and the way we progressed through it was phenomenal. It really was a brilliant event, thank you.”
Nik Leipold (1. FSV Mainz 05)

“Everything was perfect. The tournament, the pitches – it really was great.”
Kaygin Dennis (1. FSV Mainz 05)

“The tournament was superb. Good opponents, good teams. Everyone gave it their all, and of course it’s great to be able to finish the evening as winners. I’m very proud of my team; we fought so hard. We earned the victory and are over the moon about it.”
Emirhan Eraslan (FC Basel 1893)

Individual awards

Best women’s player: Leela Egli (FC Zürich Frauen)
Best men’s player: Brajan Gruda (1. FSV Mainz 05)
Best women’s goalkeeper: F. Belhadj (Olympique Lyonnais Féminin)
Best men’s goalkeeper: Tim Spycher (FC Basel 1893)
Fair Play award: VfL Wolfsburg (women); SL Benfica (men)

Final standings

Men: 1. FC Basel; 2. FSV Mainz; 3. FC Zürich; 4. Austria Wien; 5. Valencia CF; 6. Benfica Lissabon; 7. Grasshoppers Club Zürich; 8. Blue Stars

Women: 1. FC Zürich Frauen; 2. Olympique Lyonnais Féminin; 3. FC Rosengard; 4. VfL Wolfsburg; 5. Valencia CF; 6. BSC YB-Frauen; 7. FC Basel; 8. Grasshopper Club Zürich

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