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19 Jul 2019
Group favourites do not miss first shots in Moscow
Russia, Portugal, Italy and Spain top the standings, as Hungary, Poland and France grasp wins at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier opening
Amazing last second gets Poland first points in Moscow
Jakub Jesionowski's goal in literally the last second of the game helped Poland overcome the Czech Republic's reaction and grasp the first points at stake in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier Moscow.
Despite Madani got the Polish a pretty comfortable lead, scoring tow goals in the first and the second period to have his side 2-0 ahead, the Czechs would react in the last frame to get Stanislawski's lads against the ropes until the very last breath in the game.
Tomas Hurab would pull the first back for the Czech Republic, and that would spur Dlouhy's team and push them to fight for the comeback. After many unsuccessful attempts, and with just four seconds left in the score, Daniel Vales scored an equalizer that seemed to send the game onto extra time.
But, amazingly enough, Poland made the most of the remaining 0,06 fraction of a minute to untie the score, with Jesionowski leaving the Czechs helpless and capturing an amazing win for his side.
1-0: Madani, min. 1 (1); 2-0: Madani, min. 4(2); 2-1: Hurab, min. 9 (3); 2-2: Vales, min. 0(3); Jesionowski, min. 0 (3)
France bend cheeky Norway in the third period
France secured their first win in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier Moscow after bending a cheeky Norway that made things hard during the first half of the game.
France began taking control of the ball, and Angeletti helped his team to an early advantage with a brilliant bicycle. A perfect lob from outside the box by Salvesson (pity it was on his own goal) got France 2-0 ahead, what seemed to become a comfortable-enough lead.
But the Vikings would not let neither that 2-goal gap nor that unfortunate goal let them down, and managed to equalize the score yet in that first leg, thanks to two powerful shots by Pak Ling Li and goalkeeper Sandsor.
The score remained tied for the whole middle frame, and it was not until the third period that Les Bleus stepped ahead once again, thanks to Segura.
This time, though, François' men would not let Norway stand up again, and Jéremy Bru sealed the win with a brace in the last minutes, confirming an important win for France, that will now take their coming games with less pressure.
1-0: Angeletti, min. 3 (1); 2-0: Salvesson (og), min. 2 (1); 2-1: Li, min. 1 (1); 2-2: Sandsor, min. 0 (1); 3-2: Segura, min. 9 (3); 4-2: Bru, min. 7 (3); 5-2: Bru, min. 2 (3)
Hungary capture win on extra time
The Hungarian National side needed the extra three minutes to bend a tough Estonia in their first game at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier Moscow.
When Fekete swept the Magyar ahead midway first period, nothing seemed to point to a difficult afternoon for them. But after that early hit, goal chances would run low, and the Estonian side would manage to keep their nets safe for the remainder of the game.
That got Estonia the chance to be more ambitious, and the Blueshirts started putting their sight on the other end of the pitch. Just seconds into the third period, Ervin Stüf finally equalized the score, leaving a game in which any single detail could decide the winner.
Minutes went by and the score would not move again, so the match progressed onto extra time. One goal by one of the Magyar stars, Balasz Rutai, ended up deciding the game, and giving Hungary three points that get them close to the next round.
Goals: 1-0: Fekete, min. 5 (1); 1-1: Stüf, min. 11 (3); 3-1: Rutai, min. 1 (et)
Spain secure comfortable win over Latvia
The Spanish National Team did not find relevant problems in their debut at this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier Moscow 2019, and secured a wide victory over Latvia to get on top of group D.
La Roja took care of business rather quickly, and yet in the first six minutes of the game, Pedro and Antonio, with two goals, left things 3-0.
Edu and Llorenç would widen the gap adding two more goals as soon as the second period unfolded to make the score 5-0, almost sealing the win for Joaquin Alonso's side. The Spaniards maintained that same advantage for the whole period.
Jakolevs pulled one back for the Latvians at the beginning of the last frame, but that was not enough to make the Spanish dominion tremble. Chiky, Adri Frutos and Javi Torres punished their opponents' audacity with three more goals that certified the win for Spain, although Rimkus added one more to the Latvian records today.
Goals: 1-0: Pedro, min. 7 (1); 2-0: Antonio, min. 6 (1); 4-0: Edu, min. 11 (2); 5-0: Llorenç, min. 11 (2); 1-5: Jakolevs, min. 8 (3); 1-6: Chiky, min. 6(3); 1-7: Adri Frutos, min. 5 (3); 1-8: Javi Torres, min. 2 (3); 2-8: Rimkus, min. 1 (3)
Italy beat Kazakhstan (and the posts) to top group A
Italy had to face a fiercer resistance than the one they expected in their first game at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier Moscow. Kazakhstan turned to be a really uncomfortable opponent, confirming what they had shown in the last Euro Beach Soccer League.
The Kazakhs stepped ahead not only once, but twice, in the first two periods of the game, and the posts seemed to be on their side, too, denying once and again the Transalpine attempts. Chiavaro, first, and Zurlo with a brilliant overhead kick, later, helped the Azzurri equalize before the breaks.
The experienced Italian side did never panic, though, and knew that their moment would come, eventually. And when it did, Del Duca's men would make the most of it.
Gori, who had still not noted his name in the scorers' chart today, awakened in the last stage of the game, and swept Italy ahead for the first time in the match. Ramacciotti would double that advantage immediately, and Gori would finally seal the win with his second hit of the afternoon, giving Italy the head of group C.
Goals: 1-0: Demeshko, min. 0 (1); 1-1 Chiavaro, min. 7(2) 2-1: Azhikenov, min. 3 (2); 2-2: Zurlo, min. 0 (2); 2-3: Gori, min. 10 (3); 2-4: Ramacciotti, min 9(3); 2-5: Gori, min. 3 (3)
Portuguese goal storm falls over Moldova's heads
Portugal would not let Moldova upset them in their debut in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Europe Qualifier Moscow, and made it rather clear with a goal storm today by the Luzhniki stadium.
Since the very beginning, the Portuguese systematically punished the Moldovan nets, to progressively build an incontestable advantage. A 3-0 run in the first eight minutes, indeed, was already a heavy stroke for Moldova to counteract.
Belchior, with a hat-tick, was the Lusitanian most prolific attacker, followed by Jordan, Madjer, Von Gonçalves and Leo Martins, with two goals each.
The 2-4 by Florea midway into the second period would be the closest Vasilii Arlet's men would get. Portugal managed to dominate in all areas of the game, and made sure to leave a mark in this opening day in Moscow.
Goals: 0-1: Jordan, min. 9 (1); 0-2: Madjer, min. 5 (1); 0-3: Belchior, min. 3 (1); 1-3: Ignat, min. 1 (1); 1-4: Von, min. 10 (2); 2-4: Florea, min. 9 (2); 2-5: Madjer, min. 9 (2); 2-6: Belchior, min. 0 (2); 3-6: Eremia, min. 11 (3); 3-7: Von, min. 10 (3); 3-8: Leo Martins, min. 6 (3); 3-9: Coimbra, min. 3 (3); 3-10: Belchior, min. 1 (3); 3-11: Eremia (OG), min. 1 (3); 3-12: Jordan, min. 0 (3); 3-13: Leo Martins, min. 0 (3)
Nikonorov's hat-trick seal win for hosts Russia
The Russian National Team kick started their spell at this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup European Qualifier they are hosting in Moscow with a new display of effectiveness, solidness and clinical beach soccer. Likhachev's side gave Germany little chance, despite the Mannschaft never lost face to the game, and seized the first points in the competition.
Chuzkhov and Nikonorov, with the first goal of his hat-trick today, gave Team Russia an early and comfortable advantage, only menaced by Biermann's 2-1 late in the period.
Nikonorov stroke back to restore the 2-goal advantage, followed by Romanov, who made it 4-1 with a brilliant bicycle kick that had the Russian supporters stand up in the stands.
With everything already under control, Paporotniy added one more for the hosts, virtually finishing the German options, right before Boris Nikonorov rounded his sweet evening with his third goal.
Although their chances had vanished, the German side kept fighting until the end, and their efforts were rewarded with Korner's 6-2, which, anyhow, could not change the course of the game.
The final result pushes Russia on top of Group A,ready to take on Estonia tomorrow for yet another win in their records.
Goals: 1-0: Chuzkhov, min. 10 (1); 2-0: Nikonorov, min. 8 (1); 2-1: Biermann, min. 1 (1); 3-1: Nikonorov, min. 9(2); 4-1: Romanov, min. 2(2); 5-1: Paporotniy, min. 9(3); 6-1: Nikonorov, min. 5(3); 6-2: Korner, min. 2 (3)
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