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VIDEO: CONIFA Quarter-Final Review - Cascadia suffer surprise exit as Northern Cyprus run riot

14:55 BST 06/06/2018
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Cascadia were made to play for their profligacy against Karpatalja, who were joined by Padania, Northern Cyprus and Szekely Land in the semi-finals.

The 2018 CONIFA World Cup has done more than draw crowds; it’s bred a new set of football fans who will be even more enthralled after Tuesday’s dramatic day of quarter-finals. 

A place in the final is just a stone’s throw away for the four sides that progressed, with favourites for the title Padania and Cascadia both in action. 

It was a mixed day for the pair who had contrasting fortunes in the last eight, with only Padania making it through to Thursday’s semis. 

They were victorious over Panjab at Larges Lane, coming away with a 2-0 win thanks to Giacomo Innocenti’s 59th-minute penalty and Nicolo Pavan’s stoppage time strike.

Cascadia didn’t fare so well, losing 3-1 to Karpatalja in an exciting affair at Gander Green Lane. 

They had a whole host of chances but weren’t able to capitalise on their dominance in the first half, and their profligacy was exploited by Karpatalja in the second; the competition's dark horses took the lead four minutes after the restart courtesy of a strike from Gergo Gyurki. 

Cascadia swiftly drew level through Hamzi Haddadi but his equaliser eventually proved futile. Goals from Ronald Takács and Zsolt Gajdos, who converted a contentious penalty late on, ensured Karpatalja of a place in the last four.

Barawa were considered another underdog who could go the distance, but they were torn apart by a ruthless Northern Cyprus side in the early kick-off at Gander Green. 

The game finished 8-0, a harsh scoreline in truth, but braces from Ugur Gok and Halil Turan, along with goals from Serhand Onet, Billy Mehmet and Tansel Osman topped off by an own goal by Ayuub Ali made sure of the romp.

Northern Cyprus will be fancying themselves to go on and make the final after such a convincing victory. 

Joining them in the semis will be Szekely Land, who beat nine-man Western Armenia 4-0 in the final game of the day. Goals from Tanko Zsolt, Csaba Czismadia, Lorand Fulop and Bama Bajko saw them win convincingly at Hayes Lane. 

The semi-finals take place on Thursday June 7 at Colston Avenue in Carshalton, with Northern Cyprus taking on Padania in the early kick-off before Karpatalja face Szekely Land for a place in the 2018 CONIFA World Cup final.

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