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The End of the WEUFT for CUAFC

In their fourth game at the WEUFT in China, CUAFC lost their semi-final 2-0 to the eventual winners, Renmin University. The team played well, executed their game plan, nullified their strengths and created three excellent chances. Sadly a lapse of concentration cost the Light Blues a goal from a set piece, and even though Renmin were reduced to 10 players after an elbow on Max Burley, CUAFC couldn't break them down. Renmin’s second goal was a breakaway in the 93rd minute.
The loss against Oxford in the play-off for third place was more disappointing. CUAFC were seriously down on their form in the first half and went 2-0 down. Injuries and illness meant the Light Blues only had two subs, both of whom had to come on at half time due to more injuries. The team regained some pride with a spirited display, and were rewarded with a late penalty, but didn’t do enough to equalise and force the penalty shoot-out.
All in all the inaugural World Elite University Football Tournament was a great success. CUAFC played 5 games in 7 days, with just 15 players, and with all the players coming straight from summer vacations from all over the world. And all in 35 degree temperatures with 80%+ humidity! The players were a credit on and off the pitch, and everyone hopes that the tournament becomes an annual one.