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13 Feb 2014
Brazil hits strong, Argentina follows on extratime
Verdeamarela and Albiceleste occupy the first two positions after the opening day at the Copa San Luis Fútbol Playa, held this weekend in Merlo (Argentina)
Brazil overwhelms Uruguay in Merlo
The new Diego Montserrat-led Uruguay, already had a difficult task ahead of them protect his goal against the Green and Yellow. The job became even more difficult as it became evident that the celeste were facing an inspired Brazil squad in the opening match of the BSWW Tour - Copa San Luis. The shrill 10-1 victory put Junior Negão’s side on top of the table in Merlo, and also left a terrifying image for the rest of the contenders: Brazil is clicking on all cylinders, offense and defense.
Uruguay opened the match standing toe-to-toe with Brazil, but towards the end of the first period the Verdeamarela started to impose their will and a Uruguayan win looked unattainable. One after another, the Brazilians clawed and scratched their way to a big lead. The Brazilian superiority showed on the pitch as well as the scoreboard, as the second period ended with a score of 6-0 for the Tetracampeão.
The final frame did not seem much change from the leaders. Brazil continued mercilessly pounding the Uruguay’s defense and the diving attempts by the Montserrat lads did not effect the well-oiled machine that is Brazilian Beach Soccer. Goals from Souza, Bokinha, and Filipe extended the gap to an insurmountable 10-0. The Uruguayan Ivan did eventually find one answer and managed to score with two minutes left in the game, the late consolation goal was not enough for the Celeste, as they fell 10-1.
Goals: 1-0: Mauricinho, min. 3 (1); 2-0: Rafinha, min. 0 (1); 3-0: Lucão, min. 7 (2); 4-0: Mauricinho, min. 5 (2); 5-0: Filipe, min. 2 (2); 6-0: Mauricinho, min. 0 (2); 7-0: Souza, min. 11 (3); 8-0: bokinha, min. 9 (3); 9-0: Bokinha, min. 8 (3); 10-0: Filipe, min. 7 (3); 10-1: Ivan, min. 2 (3)
Argentina earns two points with overtime win
The Argentinian team had to fight to get to extra time and then eventually defeat Mexico in their debut in this BSWW Tour - San Luis Beach Soccer Cup 2014. The hosts found themselves playing from behind after an early goal by Morgan Plata, and had to leave everything on the sand in Recreation Park Merlo to gain the two points.
As expected, the atmosphere in the stadium was spectacular. The stands were filled to the brim long before kick-off, and it was obvious that the fan support was instrumental in the victory for the Petrasso .
The prompt reaction from the Albiceleste after the Mexicans scored was crucial to the win as well. Larreta scored the equalizer just six minutes after the 1-0 goal from Plata, and that helped relax the locals and improved their outlook.
The defenses gained momentum as both sides managed to quell all attempts to break the tie, and as time progressed, the tension grew. Both sides knew that any goal could tip the balance in favor of their team. This led to a strategy in which Argentina as well as Mexico tightened up the back of their formations. These tactics worked all too well for both sides as the score did not change as the match headed into the all-important overtime.
Argentina, which began to control the ball and focus their efforts as the game progressed, began overtime by attacking and they looked to break the Aztec defense. That would not take long as the Albiceleste found the back of the net first. Levi completed a personal move and sent the ball out of reach of Muñoz, giving the victory to his team. With two points , Argentina stands behind Brazil in the table, by one point, and maintains their aspiration to again take the cup in Merlo.
Goals: 1-0: Plata, min. 8 (1); 1-1: Larreta, min. 2 (1); 1-2: Levi, min. 2 (et)
Check out the latest results and classification at the event page in beachsoccer.com