With the traditional venue of Stadio del Dominico abandoned in favour of the outdoor Parque de Burgo due to favourable weather, the entire Claddagh area rang out to the fevered cheers of fans as titans Brazil and Holland went head-to-head in the Claddagh World Cup Final 2019.
After a gruelling campaign featuring many tough clashes, the two finalists still brought their A-games to the ground on this sunny afternoon, playing with skill, grit and a true sporting spirit.
It was all to play for after an eventful first half, but, despite all the best efforts of the Dutch, the South Americans steadily zeroed their sights in on victory as the clock ticked towards the final whistle. Two goals tapped in past the Dutch keeper like samba beats at a Carnival, leaving the Europeans helpless in the face of this irrestible Brazilian rhythm.
In the end, Brazil came out deserving winners of a hard-fought final, leaving fans ecstatic - and the Orange Army wondering where it all went wrong.