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15 Sep 2017
Division B teams keep believing
Estonia, Greece and Turkey earn new wins, with Cem Keskin scoring five goals in victory over Hungary
England resist Moldova’s late reaction to bag first win
England kept their options to fight for a Division A spot thanks to a battled win over Moldova in the second matchday of the Euro Beach Soccer League Promotion Final Terracina 2017.
The match between the English and the Moldovan began slow, with few goal chances. Both teams knew that a defeat today would leave them without any chance to fight for a berth in the Promotion Final decider, and that was easily noticeable.
It was not until the last seconds of the first leg that England found the way to the Moldovan nets, thanks to Younie’s strike.
That led to the best minutes for England. Goalkeeper Taylor Humm, doubled the advantage with a long-range shot only seconds into the second leg, and Lawson could have even made it 3-0, but his left-foot rocket hit the post and went wide. The third for England came little afterwards, though, thanks to a laudable individual move by Jack Love.
With the 3-0, England’s hunger seemed satiated, but the Three Lions kept walking firmly, denying all Moldovan attempts.
Iordachi’s 3-1 spurred Moldova’s expectations, though, and a penalty kick missed by Younie was immediately followed by Capsamun’s 3-2, adding drama to the remaining two minutes.
Before it was too late, though, Clarke cooled things down again with the 4-2, making the most of a lost ball and securing the points for England.
Goals: 1-0: Younie, min. 0 (1); 2-0: Humm, min. 11 (1); 3-0: Love, min. 5(2); 3-1: Iordachi, min 3 (3); 3-2: Capsamun, min. 2 (3); 4-2: Clarke, min. 1 (3).
Estonia stay perfect to earn new win
Estonia stood strong in the all-important game against Romania, thus keeping all options alive to get into the decider of this Euro Beach Soccer League Promotion Final 2017 Terracina.
Raku was in hand again for the Estonian today, and decisively contributed to his team’s victory with three new goals today, which make him one of the top scorers in the competition.
The Northerners reacted to Bogdan’s opener for Romania in style, and despite it took a while for them to find the back of the net, a 4-0 run left things pretty under control.
Romania managed to pull one back in the last minute of the game, but Juha took advantage of the Carpathian defensive disorder to immediately restore the three goal gap, thus securing the three points for Estonia.
Goals: 0-1: Bogdan, min. 1 (1); 1-1: Raku, min. 3 (2); 2-1: Raku, min. 8 (3); 3-1: Munskind, min. 3 (3); 4-1: Raku, min. 2 (3); 4-2: Jimmy, min. 1 (3); 5-2: Juha, min. 0 (3)
5 star Cem Keskin leads Turkey to the head of the group
A stunning performance by Cem Keskin, with five goals today, led Turkey to a laudable win over Hungary. The Turkish side overcame the Magyar equalizer in the first period to take off in the second half of the game, thus securing the eventual top of group 2 in this Euro Beach Soccer League Promotion Final Terracina 2017.
When a player is enjoying such a level of inspiration as Keskin was today, there is little defenders can do. The Turkish number ten sent to the back of the net literally every ball he touched. Every shoot he took, every volley he attempted, ended up increasing the Crescent Stars’ advantage.
And beyond what the scoreboard showed, that had a distressing effect on the Hungarian spirit, leaving them helpless, without the necessary energy to try and counteract the Turkish momentum. Specially after all what they had done in the first leg to wipe the first 2-0 disadvantage.
When they finally managed to pull themselves together, it was already too late. The last-breath hits by Fekete and Szentes-Biró cut the distance in half, but left them far from a potential equaliser.
Goals: 0-1: Semih, min. 11 (1); 0-2: Cem Keskin, min. 9 (1); 1-2: Berkes, min. 3 (1); 2-2: Besenyei, min. 1 (1); 2-3: Cem Keskin, min. 2 (2); 2-4: Cem Keskin, min. 2 (2); 2-5: Cem Keskin, min. 1 (2); 2-6: Cem Keskin, min. 2 (3); 3-6: Fekete, min. 2 (3); 4-6: Szentes-Biró, min. 0 (3)
Kafantari’s late effort helps Greece survive Bulgaria
A goal with just one minute to go rescued Greece from a match that had got really tough. Bulgaria came close to upset the Hellenic side, who are fighting in this Euro Beach Soccer League Promotional Final to defend their Division A status.
Despite everything seemed to be running smoothly for the Mediterranean side after Triantafyllidis opened the score just seconds into the game, the mighty Bulgarians reacted, getting hold of the game control and managing to turn the score around.
Greece were seeing themselves under heavy pressure. Papastathopoulos equalized in the first minutes of the last leg, only to find, once again, Bulgaria slap back to stay ahead immediately afterwards.
Greece needed an extra effort in that last stage to stay afloat, clinching a win that allows them to keep battling not to lose their elite division license. Bulgaria, in turn, see their last options vanish.
Goals: 1-0: Triatafyllidis, min. 11 (1); 1-1: Iliev, min. 4 (1);1-2: Tuzakov, min. 9 (2); 2-2: Papastathopoulos, min. 10 (3); 2-3: Marinov, min. 8 (3); 3-3: Gkritzalis, min. 7 (3); 4-3: Kafantaris, min. 1 (3)
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