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Borgna bonanza for Piemonte

Two goals from Paolo Borgna saw Piemonte Valle d'Aosta scoop the 2003 UEFA Regions' Cup.

Piemonte Valle d'Aosta scooped the UEFA Regions' Cup after a 2-1 win against Ligue du Maine Amateur.

Goalscoring hero
Midfield player Paolo Borgna scored twice for the Italian side to overcome their French opponents and take Europe's biggest prize for amateur sides despite being called back to Italy to work midway through the tournament.

'Like a dream'
"I had to work on Thursday and Friday and I came back yesterday at about 23:00," he told uefa.com. "I am in charge of an office back at home. It is like a dream. I came back from Italy and scored two goals."

Uncharacteristic error
The game has started evenly with both sides making inroads into their opponents' half until an uncharacteristic defensive error allowed Borgna to steal in and score his first goal after 24 minutes.

Stealing in
The Ligue du Maine defence seemed happy to allow a long ball to bounce back to goalkeeper Sébstien Monce, not noticing Borgna as he stole in behind them on the right and finished sharply from an acute angle.

Near miss
Piemonte could have doubled their lead four minutes later as strikers Danilo Montalto and Marco Bergantin carved out a dangerous break, but in the event, they only had to wait another minute for Borgna to score his second.

Fine header
Sergio Odino swung a dangerous corner in from the left, which the 31-year-old rose to head into the top right-hand corner of Monce's goal to leave an increasingly out-of-sorts Ligue du Maine in disarray.

French resistance
René Logie's side, masterminded as usual by the brilliant Anthony Guyard, rallied towards the end of the half, and striker Jonas Missaye will curse his bad luck after glancing a header wide from a lethal Guyard cross after 39 minutes.

Guyard strike
Guyard had a rare shot at goal after 52 minutes as he collected a downward header from substitute Mathieu Debonne but his effort failed to trouble Piemonte goalkeeper Antonio Maio.

Great save
The goalkeeper was relieved to see Debonne's 63rd-minute header skim over the crossbar, while his opposite number was called into action after 82 minutes, saving with his legs as Montalto bore down on goal.

Glorious finish
That save sparked a French revival as substitute Farid Kharraz drew Ligue du Maine back into contention after 84 minutes, beating Maio with a magnificent chip across the face of goal from a narrow angle.

Unhappy ending
The final minutes saw the French attack relentlessly. Missaye hit the outside of Maio's left-hand post with an 86th-minute header, but as Sébastian Monguillon failed to make proper contact with an overhead kick deep into added time, Ligue du Maine's challenge was over.

Delvecchio delight
The final whistle, blown by the excellent Belgian referee Kris Hermans, sparked wild celebrations at the Albstadion in Heidenheim. "I am overwhelmed," coach Michele Delvecchio told uefa.com. "This is a great thing for the team, for me, for Piemonte, for Turin and for Italy."