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11 Sep 2016
Jesolo title makes qualification sweeter for Poland
Saganowski and co finished with a flourish by beating Switzerland in Sunday's final.
Poland were crowned winners of European qualification for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Jesolo on Sunday as they saw off Switzerland, with Portugal finishing third ahead of Italy.
The remainder of the top 16 was also sorted as the competition drew to a close, with the aforementioned sides now able to begin planning for the competition in the Bahamas.
Poland added a touch of gloss to their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification in Jesolo by lifting the title with a 6-3 victory over Switzerland on Sunday.
The Poles produced a major shock to qualify for the competition next term and once again produced a gutsy, clinical and disciplined display to see off a Swiss side shorn of suspended captain Mo.
Ultimately, MVP Saganowski’s brace proved critical in edging the Swiss, who saw Stankovic end as top scorer following a hat-trick.
Third and fifth-place play-offs
Portugal picked up third place thanks to an exhilarating 8-3 win against Italy.
The world champions, along with their hosts, were beaten in the semis on Saturday, having already ensured their place in the Bahamas next year.
And two of the world’s best sides failed to disappoint, putting on a thrilling contest that saw Madjer hit a hat-trick while Be Martins and Coimbra weighed in with two apiece.
Earlier, Russia claimed fifth with a dominant 5-1 win against the Czech Republic as the two-time World Cup winners shook off their disappointment at not heading to the Bahamas with the help of Makarov’s brace.
Seventh and ninth-place play-offs
France will fly back home with seventh place of this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – Europe Qualifier Jesolo, following a terribly tight and hard-fought win over Azerbaijan that saw Bizot strike late to ensure a 4-3 success.
Spain finish ninth with a 3-1 win against a Ukraine side missing injured captain Korniichuk.
Nonetheless, the European champions began well and led late in the first period through Paneteleichuk, only for Spain to come roaring back with the help of Chiky’s brace.
Eleventh, 13th and 15th-place play-offs
Belarus held off Germany in another low-scoring contest with a 2-1 success to finish 11th - Shymanouski scoring twice inside the opening two minutes to put Belarus in control.
Beqiri’s penalty early in the second frame was not enough to spark a German fightback while Turkey ended their qualification campaign by seeing off Greece 7-5 on Sunday.
The sides put on a thrilling display in their qualification finales but it was the Turks who claimed 13th place as Cem Keskin and Baris both registered hat-tricks.
Hungary avoided finishing 16th with a 4-3 win on penalties against Moldova in the opening game of the day.
Individual Award Winners
Best Goalkeeper: Szymon Gasinski (POL)
Top Goalscorer: Dejan Stankovic (SUI)
MVP: Boguslaw Saganowski (POL)
Hungary 4 (4)-(3) 4 Moldova
Greece 5-7 Turkey
Germany 1-2 Belarus
Ukraine 1-3 Spain
Azerbaijan 3-4 France
Czech Republic 1-5 Russia
Italy 3-8 Portugal
Poland 6-3 Switzerland