Boxing Day at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital mini stadium was brimming with mesmerizing moments, yet it also witnessed some teams being eliminated from the biggest inter professional football tournament in Benin City; the UBTH Chief Medical Director Cup, platinumneewsng.com is reporting
For some heartbreaks flowed from the pitch to the newly built stands at UBTH but it was celebration galore for the four teams through to the semi finals of the CMD Cup.
NNPC 1-1 Dominion All Stars (3-2)
It was a breathtaking moment on Tuesday morning as defending champions, NNPC had to rely on a penalty shootout to advance to the next round of the tournament. NNPC took the lead in the 34th minute and dominated for most of the game, but Dominion All Stars came alive. With less than 15 minutes on the clock, Dominion got the much-needed equaliser. The fate of both sides was determined via a penalty shootout.
NMA 1-0 Bankers
It took the Nigeria Medical Association 88 minutes to find a goal which proved to be a winner against Bankers With the game heading for a penalty shootout, it was averted with two minutes of regulation time left on the clock.
UNIBEN 3-2 Benin Recreation Club
In a five-goal thriller, the University of Benin Staff team were able to score more, netting three against Benin Recreation Club in a game that had fans on the edge of their seat. A sweet comeback orchestrated by UNIBEN ensured the team booked a place in the semi-final.
UBTH 0-1 Uwa All Stars
UBTH bowed out on Tuesday evening to Uwa All-Stars as they failed to score in a 1-0 defeat. Despite finishing top of Group D with maximum points, UBTH could not continue with their fine group form in the knockout stage.
NNPC v UNIBEN | ThursdayDecember 28th, 3 pm.
NMA v Uwa All Stars |Friday, December 29th, 3 pm.