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Scotland are WORLD CHAMPIONS after beating Mexico in the Homeless World Cup Final

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Scotland are the Homeless World Cup champions for the second time after beating Mexico 4-3 at the Stade de Liberte, Paris.

The game kicked off and within seconds Scotland’s Sean Lawrence forced a save from the Mexican keeper. As both sides made chances, it was Scotland who broke the deadlock when William McLean fired home.

Soon after Mexico equalised through Morales Montiel. Mexico began to get more and more into the game and only a double save from William Lawrence prevented the Central American side from taking the lead.

Despite that pressure, it was Scotland who took the lead once more when Sean Lawrence saw his deflected shot beat the Mexican keeper to make it 2-1.

Just before half time Juan Jose Torres Mendoza equalised once more for Mexico.

Into the Second Half and Scotland dominated the opening exchanges, but Mexico should have went 3-2 up when they saw a superb volley strike the underside of the crossbar before Will Lawrence made a brilliant save low to his right to deny Mexico once more.

Scotland punished Mexico on the counter, with McLean scoring two quick fire goals to give the Scots a 4-2 lead going into the final minutes of the game.

Matt Ramsay hit the post for Scotland and Rafael Rosas Avila struck just over as Mexico pushed forward, but last-ditch blocks from Rab Hare and Barry Gannon kept the Mexicans at bay.

With seconds to go, Mexico pulled a goal back through a superb volley from Perez Zasquez to make it 4-3.

Despite that goal Scotland held on to be crowned Homeless World Cup champions for the second time.

Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup said: “Congratulations to Scotland and Kenya on becoming champions at the Homeless World Cup. We have seen some astounding football here in Paris.

“It is the players and managers of the national teams that have made this a fantastic tournament. Thank you. It is your spirit and determination that is changing the world. Your emerging leadership is destroying the stereotype and stigma of homelessness and creating real and lasting change around the world.”

Source: Homeless World Cup

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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