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After some delays, the Opening Season championship in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) took place on Sunday, December 11th, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium between Altitude FC and Verdes FC. The anticipated final match in the season saw fans from the San Ignacio Town, Cayo, and Independence, Stann Creek areas flocking to the stadium in the nationís capital of Belmopan, where after an intense penalty-kick shootout, Altitude FC emerged as the winner of the 2022-2023 PLB championship.

The first half of the game saw one goal at minute 45 when Verdesí forward Paraguayan Luis Ibarra netted the 1-0 lead for his team. However, in the second half, Altitudeís Luis Torres tied the game in the 52nd minute. The rest of the match, including extra time, remained 1-1. Penalty shots were next to see who would be the opening seasonís champion. The penalty shootout was longer than expected. After the 11 players from each team took their shot, they started all over again. In the second round of penalty kicks, Verdes Trimayne Harris missed his shot, blasting the ball over the goal post. Altitude took advantage of this and ensured they did not miss a shot. Altitudeís Andres Orosco sealed the game giving his team the championship with a final score of 11-10 in penalty kicks.

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