This game was super intense and had a finish that I'm still having trouble believing. Totally back-and-forth and very evenly matched. The first half was a little boring because both teams played so solidly on defense. There were really only two good chances in the half - one for each squad. The first good chance was for Canada with 16 minutes remaining. Ian Labatte continued his stellar tournament with a volley from 15 yards out that just missed the top corner. A minute later Sudan got a great chance when the defender, #10, cracked a shot from the same distance that smoked the crossbar and bounced away. The first half finished 0-0.
Sudan got its first goal two minutes into the second half. Jarvis was dribbling in the middle and he uncharacteristically turned it over. Sudan quickly countered and Tong Tong beat one defender before slipping it past Waller for a 1-0 lead. With 15 minutes left a nearly identical scenario happened and it looked like Sudan would capitalize again, however this time Jarvis was back and managed to break up the 3 on 1. With 9 minutes remaining Sudan went up 2-0 on a corner kick. Waller managed a nice save off of the initial header, but the ball rebounded down and a little guy for Sudan made a diving header that went into the corner. Really nice goal.
The game kind of looked over after the second goal. Canada couldn't get anything going on offense and Sudan started its time-wasting routine. Game slowed down to a crawl. With less than two minutes to play Dave Morley crossed in a ball from the side into the box and Chris Traweger got his head on it. The ball defelected just enough that it handcuffed Noor and went in the net. Suddenly Canada had life, even if there didn't seem to be any time to get another. About a minute later Jarvis got the ball about 20 yards out and was facing the Sudanese defensive shell. He beats his guy and shoots, but the ball gets blocked in the box. The rebound comes to Steve Galan at the top of the area who fires first time and the ball is deflected by a defender and goes into the back of the net. Tie game and we're going to overtime! Or are we?
Less than 30 seconds after the goal (how it wasn't the end of the game I have no idea) Sudan got a free kick on the sideline 5 yards in its own half. The long ball goes into the Canada box and players from both teams go up for it. Ball hits the Canadian defenders head, takes a slight deflection and goes into the bottom corner of the Canada net. 3-2 Sudan and that was it folks.