The British First Division team, Middlesbrough, carried off the Japan Cup soccer final in Tokyo on Tuesday (3 June).
GV Middlesbrough scores first goal in Tokyo,
GV Scoreboard Middlesbrough One-Espagnol O.
GV Espagnol takes corner; ball headed into goal, but headed out
GV Ball kicked out from Espagnol goalmouth and Espagnol almost score
GV Espagnol shot saved by goalkeeper: another shot at goal
GV Espagnol scores
GV Scoreboard -- one all
GV Espagnol almost score but save by goalkeeper
GV Crowd with flags
GV Penalty kick after extra time, Espagnol kick, saved by goalkeeper
GV Middlesbrough penalty kick and goal
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Background: The British First Division team, Middlesbrough, carried off the Japan Cup soccer final in Tokyo on Tuesday (3 June). They beat the Spanish club, Espagnol, on penalty kicks after the two clubs had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes play.
SYNOPSIS: Middlesbrough got away to a confident start by scoring in the first minute, through Craig Johnson.
Espagnol hit back soon after, forcing a corner from which they nearly scored.
In the first half, the British side made only five other shots at the Spanish goal. they nearly scored again, however, before Espagnol went back on the offensive -- and Middlesbrough were lucky to escape without conceding the equalising goal.
Espagnol kept up the pressure in the second half, during which they had at least ten shots at goal to Middlesbrough's one.
The Spanish pressure paid off in the 80th minute, when Rafael Carlos Maranon scored the equaliser.
Espagnol continued to outplay the British side in the remaining ten minutes, and it was only superb work in goal by Middlesbrough's Jim Platt which kept the Spanish side at bay.
With the score tied, the final was settled by penalty kicks, each side having five shots. When Platt again saved, it only remained for Middlesbrough's defender Tony MacAndrew to net this kick for his club to win the Japan Cup.