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Morocco Beach Soccer Cup 2017
16 Jul 2017

Switzerland claim Morocco Beach Soccer Cup title

The Swiss did enough to hold off the hosts and lift the title on a thrilling final day in Casablanca.


Switzerland were crowned Morocco Beach Soccer Cup champions in Casablanca on Sunday after defeating the hosts in a penalty shootout on a dramatic final day of competition.

The Swiss side knew that avoiding a defeat in normal time would guarantee them the title and, despite a hat-trick from Azzedine Hamidy, the hosts were unable to pull of a shock win within three periods.

Instead, a double for Yuri Steffen helped ensure Switzerland silverware as they claimed the shootout 2-0, having ended extra time at 5-5.

In the day's earlier game, the Netherlands picked up their first points at the final attempt as they beat England - again on penalties.

Cameron O'Rourke - who ended joint top scorer with Swiss trio Nicola Werder, Tobias Steinemann and Sandro Denz - hit a hat-trick and looked to have won the game when he registered with 16 seconds left of extra time.

However, Marc Timmer levelled once more in dramatic fashion before the Dutch held their nerve from the spot.

Sunday results

England (1) 3-3 (2) Netherlands

Morocco (0) 5-5 (2) Switzerland

Standings

1st: Switzerland, 2nd: Morocco, 3rd: England, 4th: Netherlands

Individual Awards

Best Goalkeeper: Taylor Humm (ENG) 

Top Scorers: Cameron O'Rourke (ENG), Nicola Werder (SUI), Tobias Steinemann (SUI), Sandro Denz (SUI) (All four goals)

MVP: Nassim El Hadaoui (MAR)

Photo via Angelo Schirinzi

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September 14, 2017 - September 17, 2017
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Playoffs
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Division A - Group 1
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Portugal POR 3 3 0 0 18 14 4 9
Spain ESP 3 2 0 1 18 11 7 6
Swizerland SUI 3 1 0 2 17 21 -4 3
Poland POL 3 0 0 3 15 22 -7 0
Division A - Group 2
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Russia RUS 3 3 0 0 12 6 6 9
Italy ITA 3 2 0 1 19 13 6 6
Belarus BLR 3 1 0 2 8 10 -2 3
Ukraine UKR 3 0 0 3 7 17 -10 0
Division B - Group 1
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Estonia EST 3 3 0 0 11 5 6 9
Greece GRE 3 2 0 1 13 9 4 6
Bulgaria BUL 3 1 0 2 8 9 -1 3
Romania ROM 3 0 0 3 7 16 -9 0
Division B - Group 2
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Turkey TUR 3 2 1 0 13 8 5 8
Hungary HUN 3 2 0 1 18 13 5 6
England ENG 3 1 0 2 10 12 -2 3
Moldova MOL 3 0 0 3 7 15 -8 0
Play-off for 7th Place
Romania ROM 3 - 5 MOL Moldova
Poland POL 4 - 4 (1 - 2) (PSO) UKR Ukraine
Play-off for 5th Place
Bulgaria BUL 3 - 5 ENG England
Swizerland SUI 6 - 4 BLR Belarus
Promotion Final
Estonia EST 2 - 4 TUR Turkey
Play-off for 3rd place
Greece GRE 1 - 3 HUN Hungary
Spain ESP 2 - 2 (0 - 2) (PSO) ITA Italy
Superfinal
Portugal POR 1 - 3 RUS Russia
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