05 Aug 2011
Brazil confirms first place
World Cup champions will face Colombia in semifinals, whereas Argentina wil battle Venezuela for the ticket to Ravenna
No chance whatsoever for Venezuela in the last fixture in Group A in the CONMEBOL Qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2011. On the sand of the Arena Copacabana, Brazil played their role as red-hot favourites to knock the ‘Vinotinto’ down with an uncontestable 7-0, after goals by Sidney (2), Bruno Malias, Benjamin, Fred, Anderson and Miguel (own goal). Although being a seemingly unbalanced fight, both teams, with the door to semifinals already secured, were fighting for the first place in group A, thus avoiding Argentina in this decisive stage giving not only the chance to play the final, but confirming berth in the World Cup.
So, the biggest historical South American clash will not happen, at least in the semifinal stage, as Colombia will be the last step for the hosts to reach the final, and seize the chance to defend their global crown by the Adriatic Rivera in September. In turn, Argentina will face the Venezuelan side to get to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the sixth time, that is, to secure a place in a festival they have never missed. Even though everyone would rather go for this first chance, a second and last one may come overnight, as the losers in the semifinal stage will also be granted the chance to look for their ticket in the 3rd/4th place final, whose winner also becomes a World Cup team, precisely like Argentina did last year, in a dramatic extra time victory against Ecuador.
What is at this pint yet confirmed is that, whoever may prevail in the semifinals stage, we will have a new team in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, as, at least, or Venezuela or Colombia will feature their first participation in the biggest showpiece in the sport.
After a rest day this Friday, semifinals will come on Saturday to bring again the thrilling fixtures which will pass sentence in Copacabana.
Chile 4(0) vs. 4(1) Peru
In the other game of the day, Chile and Peru fought for the last points for them, although having no chance to go ahead in the Qualifier. The Chileans farewelled this Qualifier with a bitter taste in their mouths, as they could not be up to the expectations they had aroused in the lasts months, especially after bending Brazil in 2010 Copa Latina. Peru took these final from the penalty kick spot, after the extra time ended with a 5-5 draw.
14:30 – Chile 05(00) vs. 05(01) Perú
15:45 - Brasil 07 vs. 00 Venezuela
Matches for tomorrow
11:15 Argentina vs. Venezuela (Semi-final 1)
12:30 Brasil vs. Colombia (Semi-final