Russian side Spartak Moscow stole the show on day one of the 2017 Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament played at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto on Monday.
The debutants defeated the Football School of India 15-0 in an excellent display of attacking football to highlight their potential as serious contenders for this year’s title.
Danila Proshliakov scored six goals in an outstanding individual display, while there were also braces for Dmitry Markitesov and Mikhail Ignitov.
Defending champions Atletico Madrid made a fine start to the tournament too as they beat local South African side University of Pretoria 4-0. The Spanish club will once again be one of the teams to beat.
Local side Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Mexican outfit and 2013 winners Club Tijuana 1-0 with their prolific forward Likhanyile Ndlendle on target.
BidVest Wits also beat 2015 champions Torino from Italy 2-1 as Ethan Andrews and Kabelo Makola were on target for them, with the Italians’ score coming via an own goal from Keenan Phillips.
Club Brugge from Belgium were too good for local side Orlando Pirates as they won 2-1 with Simon Paulet and Visar Shala on target for them. Lyle Foster got the goal for the Young Buccaneers.
In the opening match of the day, SAFA Tshwane drew 1-1 with an NPSL All Stars selection from Nigeria.
The action continues on Tuesday with another six matches, including a tasty clash between Atletico Madrid and home favorites Mamelodi Sundowns.
The action gets under way at 11h30 when Torino tackle the NPSL All Stars, with entrance to all games FREE to the public.
Boca Juniors from Argentina were crowned inaugural Future Champions Gauteng winners in 2009, with Chinese side Shandong Luneng victors in 2010. Atletico Mineiro were the first Brazilian winners when they triumphed in 2011 and then repeated that success in 2012 and 2014, with Club Tijuana victors the year in between.
Torino claimed the trophy in a narrow penalty-shoot success over South African side SuperSport United in 2015, while Atletico Madrid are the current defending champions.
Organised by Global Sports International, in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the tournament features five local sides and seven top teams from around the world.
This year’s Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament is also supported by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the Premier Soccer League, Love Life, Clinix Health, LaLiga, Debonairs Pizza and SCORE Energy drinks.
SAFA Tshwane 1 (Katlego Mampa) NPSL All Stars 1 (Dini Lawal)
Spartak Moscow 15 (Egor Ilin, Turgai Mokhbaliev, Dmitrii Mitroga, Kirill Folmer, Dmitry Markitesov 2, Danila Proshliakov 6, Ruslan Rustamov, Mikhail Ignatov 2) Football School of India 0
Orlando Pirates 1 (Lyle Foster) Club Brugge 2 (Simon Paulet, Visar Shala)
BidVest Wits 2 (Ethan Andrews, Kabelo Makola) Torino 1 (Keenan Phillips og)
University of Pretoria 0 Atletico Madrid 4 (Adriana Ferreras, Nicolas Garcia, Alberto Salido, U Ming)
Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (Likhanyile Ndlendle) Club Tijuana
GROUP A P W D L GF GA PTS
SAFA Tshwane (SA) 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
NPSL All Stars (Nigeria) 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Torino (Italy) 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
GROUP B P W D L GF GA PTS
Spartak Moscow (Russia) 1 1 0 0 15 0 3
BidVest Wits (SA) 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Football School of India 1 0 0 1 0 15 0
GROUP C P W D L GF GA PTS
Club Brugge (Belgium) 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Mamelodi Sundowns (SA) 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Club Tijuana (Mexico) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
GROUP D P W D L GF GA PTS
Atletico Madrid (Spain) 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Orlando Pirates (SA) 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Univ. of Pretoria (SA) 1 0 0 1 0 4 0
11h30 – Torino vs NPSL All Stars
13h00 – Orlando Pirates vs University of Pretoria
14h15 – Football School of India vs BidVest Wits
14h30 – Club Brugge vs Club Tijuana
15h45 – SAFA Tshwane vs Spartak Moscow
16h00 – Atletico Madrid vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Matches played: 6
Goals scored: 26
Biggest victory: Spartak Moscow 15 Football School of India 0
Most goals in a game: 15 – Spartak Moscow 15 Football School of India 0
6 goals – Danila Proshliakov (Spartak Moscow)
2 goals – Mikhail Ignitov (Spartak Moscow), Dmitry Markitesov (Spartak Moscow),
1 goal – Ethan Andrews (BidVest Wits), Adriana Ferreras (Atletico Madrid), Kirili Folmer (Spartak Moscow), Lyle Foster (Orlando Pirates), Nicolas Garcia (Atletico Madrid), Egor Ilin (Spartak Moscow), Dali Lawal (NPSL All Stars), Kabelo Makola (BidVest Wits), Katlego Mampa (SAFA Tshwane), U Ming (Atletico Madrid), Dmitrii Mitroga (Spartak Moscow), Turgay Mokhbaliev (Spartak Moscow), Likhanyile Ndlendle (Mamelodi Sundowns), Simon Paulet (Club Brugge), Ruslan Rustamov (Spartak Moscow), Alberto Salido (Atletico Madrid), Visar Shala (Club Brugge)
Own Goal – Keenan Phillips (BidVest Wits)