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18 May 2014
Brazil takes first in Riviera Maya with win
USA's narrow win over Mexico leaves Soto's side to combat Germany for the second position
Another victory to coincide with the Mexico loss against the USA has confirmed Brazil as the 2014 champion. Junior Negão and his side had their way with Germany, who had shocked the hosts, Mexico, on the opening day. The goal differential was nearly insurmountable after Brazil defeated the US 11-1 in the first match of the tournament. Mexico was able to catch Brazil in the standings if they had won their second match and the final showdown against Brazil on Sunday, but that party was spoiled after the Tri lost to their neighbors this Saturday.
Brazil never ceases to amaze and after a four goal effort from Mauricinho on Friday, the tetracampeão used just another of their weapons to score another four goals on his own, Bruno Xavier. One of Brunos’ goals will be remembered as one of the best goals ever scored on the sand.
Germany put up an exquisite fight in the 9-4 loss but as the game advanced, it was evident that the South Americans were too much. The Germans played very strong and kept the Brazilians within reach but could not mount the necessary comeback. The win gives Brazil the cup and Germany and the USA will fight for 2nd place on Sunday. The Mexican squad will still have their opportunity to give the home crowd fans something to cheer about when they place Brazil on Sunday.
Goals: Datinha, min. 10 (1); 2-0: Bruno Xavier, min 8 (1); 2-1: Weirauch, min. 8 (1); 3-1: Rafinha, min. 6 (1); 3-2: Olli, min, 5 (1); 4-2: Bruno Xavier, min. 3 (1); 5-2: Bruno Xavier, min. 9 (2); 6-2: Rafinha, min. 7 (2); 6-3: Biermann, min. 7 (2); 7-3: Sidney, min. 2 (2); 8-3: Rafinha, min. 10 (3); 8-4: Ulle, min. 5 (3); 9-4: Bruno Xavier, min. 2 (3)
USA rebounds and makes defensive statement
A disappointing opening day match against Brazil left the Americans needing and wanting the three points and their first win of the tournament. They got it against their bitter rivals, the hosts, Mexico. The 2-1 win was exactly what the USA needed to get their run back on track. Mexico was surprised by the only European team in the tournament, Germany, on the opening day but they still have the chance to get a win against the South American champions, Brazil on Sunday. On the final day the US will face Germany.
Early in the match Mexico put the pressure on the Americans as they seemed set on overcoming their surprise defeat at the hands of the Germans on Friday. The USA had shots of their own but both sides utilized their defenses to maintain the 0-0 score midway through the
opening frame. The opportunities were abundant but the reliance on the defense was very evident in the first period. Late in the period, Mexico was awarded a direct kick and Luna made sure to make the most of it and scored the first goal of the match. The opening period ended with the same score, Mexico leading 1-0.
The excitement of the first period was just the beginning as the red, white, and blue started strong but were unable to score as the opening minutes of the second period ticked away. Mexico maintained their tight defense but were not afforded many offensive strikes early in the frame. There were too many close calls to count for both teams as both goalies did their jobs and kept the ball out of the net. Corners abounded but the next goal was not realized until later, due in part to the stout back lines. The northern rivals scored the first goal of the period just past the halfway point in the middle frame with the use of great spacing and passing in front of the Mexican goal. The perseverance of the U.S. saw them score one more goal to the leave the hosts down by one goal heading into the final period, 2-1.
USA side began the period looking very happy and loose but their defense began to show cracks and the Tri took their shots on goal but were unable to capitalize early. The jovial nature of the US attackers did not lead to any early goals but they continued their onslaught. The period progressed and so did the Mexican intensity, but the United States held their own, making sure to limit their rivals’ scoring chances. Neither side were able to score again and the match ended with the U.S.A. up 2-1.
The three points and win were great for Soto's lads Americans as they not only defeated their eternal rivals to the south but also kept their hopes of placing high in the BSWW Riviera Maya Copa 2014 hopes alive. Mexico played two matches and unfortunately for the emotional home crowd, they lost but they will get to leave on a high nigh on Sunday if they can defeat Brazil.
Goals: 1-0; Luna, min 3 (1); 1-1; Nunes, min 5 (2); 1-2; Perera, min. 0 (2).
BSWW TOUR - RIVIERA MAYA CUP 2014
Saturday, 17th of May, 2014
13:00 - Brazil 9-4 Germany.
14:15 - Mexico 1-2 USA
Games for tomorrow:
Sunday, 18th of May, 2014
12:15 - Celebrity Game
13:00 - Germany vs. USA
14:15 - Mexico vs. Brazil