Relatively easy, three teams won the ticket to the quarterfinal of the Golden Playoff: Sibshakhtostroy (victory 5:0 over Sochi PMEL), ASI Corporation (4:0 – Black Sea Centre of IAD) and IDGC of the North-West (3:0 – Novosibirsk branch of SGC). The remaining five quarterfinalists had to strain muscles. Thus, RN-Tuapse won SUENCO – 2:0, Gazprom Energoholding – Kazakhmys – 2:1, FORES – IDGC of the North Caucasus – 2:1. Two quarterfinalists were determined only in the series of penalty shootouts after the match. In the Bashkir derby, Bashneftegeofizika and Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat didn't score a goal each other in the regular time, but the representatives of Salavat were more accurate in the series of six-meter goals – 4:3. Mangistaumunaigas and Podzemburgaz scored 1:1, and the football players from Kazakhstan played 3:2 in the penalty shootouts. Thus, having come out in 1/4, Aktau footballers automatically won the Peoples' Friendship Cup, as showing the best result among the foreign teams of the competition. The next score of 1:7 from ASI Corporation in the quarterfinal, naturally, could not deprive Mangistaumunaygas of this honorable award. It would seem that everyone was waiting for a super-match and Kuzbass derby between Sibshakhtostroy and ASI Corporation in the semifinals, however, the forge sensationally lost to RN-Tuaspe. The Tuapse residents succeeded in a quick goal and subsequent competent game in defense, which left the flawless Sibshakhtostroy without any medals. With great difficulty, FORES, which played 0:0 with IDGC of the North-West, also made a penalty shootout, winning 3:1. The post-match lottery happened in the Gazprom derby too, where Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, that difficultly entered the main playoff from the third place in the group, thanks to the six-meter series, knocked out of the champion race one of the favorites of the tournament – Gazprom Energoholding with the score of 0:0 (2:0 by penalties). The victory in the semifinal was morally pulled out by ASI Corporation, which outplayed RN-Tuapse 1:0, and FORES, that defeated the uncompromising Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat with the same score. The match for the third place was emotional, stubborn and combative, wherein RN-Tuapse celebrated the victory 2:1. But the final was even more strong-willed, which became the cherry on the cake of the entire remarkable Sochi competition. In the equal match of the two masterful teams, FORES was the first one to score – at the beginning of the second half, the Urals succeeded in a massive attack, culminating in three consecutive shots for goal, the last of which shook the net behind the ASI keeper. It seemed that the game was going on up to this only goal, but in the end there was no less than one more difficult goal forced out by the residents of Kemerovo – 1:1. Now everyone bore in mind a penalty shootout, but already in the first attack after the missed ball, using the most beautiful kick to the distant nine, FORES simply discouraged the early-pleased opponent. The score was 2:1 – heavy, beautiful and well-deserved victory of FORES. And the main SOCHI TEK/PROM Cup went to Yekaterinburg, or rather Sukhoy Log! By the way, the final exchange of goals can be seen in Instagram in the profile @gorelov_aleksei. Just a crazy and beautiful outcome of the final!