Castilla canter into Regions' Cup final
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Kempen AMA 1-4 Castilla y León AMA
The Spanish representatives qualified for the 2009 UEFA Regions' Cup final with a Group B game to spare after an emphatic victory against Kempen.
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Castilla y León AMA will contest the 2009 UEFA Regions' Cup final on Monday after defeating Kempen AMA 4-1 in Jastrebarsko.
Played in a district renowned for its fine wines, Castilla produced a vintage performance with David Durantez and Andrés González opening up a two-goal lead by the 54th minute. Tarik Traizi's effort soon after gave Kempen hope but Ayrton Cabral and Alberto Serrano replied to secure Castilla first place in Group B with one pool game still remaining. The Belgian side's day was further spoiled by two late red cards.
It was Kempen who looked the more menacing outfit in the opening stages, Serkan Kocaslan and Jochen Vrolix causing trouble with their nifty movement. The Spanish representatives always looked assured in possession, though, and when Mohamed Alajdi El Idrissi brought down Durantez 30 metres out midway through the first half, the Castilla captain struck his second successful long-range effort of the tournament.
Javier Yepes's side looked comfortable going into the break and then put the game beyond their opponents after the restart. First, Andrés headed in David Alonso's searching cross at the back post. Although Kempen got one back when Traizi fired in following Kocaslan's intelligent chest pass – the first goal conceded by Castilla in their entire 2009 UEFA Regions' Cup campaign – they regained their two-goal cushion almost immediately. The ball was worked out to substitute Ignacio Lobera who, with his first touch, produced an inviting cross which Ayrton tapped in.
A fourth followed in the 65th minute when Vrolix handled in the area, Serrano making no mistake from the penalty spot. Castilla continued to press forward with Porfirio García going close to adding to his side's tally. The match ended on a sour note for Kempen as both Tom Cox and Pieter Martens were handed their marching orders in the final minutes for some heavy-handed challenges.