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09 May 2013
Mexico advance to semifinals!
Bahamas, and USA manage privileged positions to get among best four, too, as El Salvador can seal ticket tomorrow
The Mexican National team went on with their tyrannical display today in Nassau. A new overwhelming victory, with Trinidad and Tobago as the victims this time, got the Ramon Raya?s side onto next round of this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 ? CONCACAF Qualifier Bahamas.
Making their debut in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago managed to hold the Mexican fury for most of the first time, But after those minutes, the goals began felling unstoppably on the Mexican counter, clearly restating the hierarchy of the Azteca in the CONCACAF region. Again, regular hitters Ángel Rodríguez, Ricardo Villalobos and Plata, supported by Rosales, Jorge Rodríguez and Cati turned the evening into a nightmare for the Trinidadian?
With the final whistle, and six points out of six, then, the Mexicans secured the head of group B, so they have a place in the semifinals absolutely guaranteed. In next round, they will fight, all or nothing, for a place in the final of this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 ? CONCACAF Qualifier, what would also send them to the upcoming World Cup in Tahiti.
Goals: 1-0: A Rodríguez, min. 2 (1); 2-0: Villalobos, min. 2 (1); 3-0: Plata, min. 1 (1); 4-0: Rosales, min. 1 (1); 4-1: Bobb, min. 10 (2); 5-1: J. Rodríguez, min. 7 (2); 6-1: Cati, min. 4 (2); 7-1: Villalobos, min. 1 (2); 8-1: A. Rodríguez, min. 4 (3); 9-1: Plata, min. 4 (3)
Bahamas, at the doors of history
Bahamas is powerfully knocking at the doors of Beach Soccer history in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup ? CONCACAF Qualifier they are hosting in Nassau. After the narrow victory today against Guatemala, Celciliano?s lads are very close to secure a place in semifinals, thanks to the excellent records achieved so far (6 points and +9 goal-average). Everything is now in their hands to become one of the four best teams in the CONCACAF region, and even a defeat tomorrow against USA could have them in as the best second-ranked of the three groups.
It was never easy for the host to keep a dominant position in the game, as Guatemala, one of the most combative sides in the region, knew that this was their last chance to earn a ticket to the semifinals. Every attempt to step ahead by the Bahamians was sooner or later replied by the Chapines.
The stroke exchange sent the match to some breath-taking last minutes, in which a goal, one end or another, could be definitive. Bahamas were enjoying the best chances, though, and luck turned to be on their side. With just one minute to go, captain Jean brilliantly finished a counter-attack to seize the points for his side and help it stay on top of the table in group A. Tomorrow, in their game against the USA, the Caribbean boys can experience their most successful chapter ever?
Goals: 1-0: Daniels, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Gonzalez, min. 5 (1); 2-1: Jean, min. 7 (2); 2-2: Samayoa, min. 2 (2); 3-2: Hanna, min. 11 (3); 3-3: Pineda, min. 8 (3); 4-3: Jean, min. 1 (3)
Costa Rica upset Jamaica from penalty kick spot
The panorama got really dark today for Jamaica after Costa Rica bent the Reggae boys in the penalty kick shootout today in Nassau. The Tico side earns two points that give them the possibility of attempting a final assault to the head of the group in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup CONCACAF Qualifier Bahamas, an objective that necessarily implies beating El Salvador in the game tomorrow.
The Costa Rican tried to stay on control of the game all match long, with Mora opening the count for Zuñiga?s side, but Jamaica never let them too far. After two equalizers, the Caribbean team turned the score around, with the 2-3 at the dying seconds of the second period.
After Anderson swept the Jamaican ahead for the first time in the game, along came Porter?s momentum. The Jamaican goalie brought on some amazing saves to keep his net safe almost the whole last leg. He threw unbelievable hands to deny all the Tico attempts, and he seemed absolutely determined to clinch the points for his side. But his efforts were finally not enough, as Mendoza leveled the game once again to send it to extra time.
No hit at any of the ends during the supplementary three minutes got the match travelling to the penalty shootout lottery, where the Costa Rican side proved better aimed and bagged the two points at stake. Pacheco did not miss the chance after Adanis?s brilliant save to Anderson?s shot, and certified the Tico victory. Now, only one possibility left for Costa Rica: they need to beat El Salvador tomorrow if they want to earn access to semifinals.
Goals: 1-0: Mora I., min. 4 (1); 1-1: Anderson, min. 11 (2); 2-1: Brenes, min. 4 (2); 2-2: Peddie, min. 3 (2); 2-3: Anderson, min. 0 (2); 3-3: Mendoza, min. 3 (3)
Penalty kick: Peddie, in; Mendoza, in; Anderson, Adanis saves; Pacheco, in;
Prolific third period boost USA?s options (5-0)
USA earned a privileged position to advance to semifinals of this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 ? CONCACAF Qualifier Bahamas, after a consistent victory over Puerto Rico. Despite the loud final score, it was never easy for the North Americans to build a wide advantage. Only four goals in the last minutes of the changed a narrow distance to a comfortable one.
After Toth?s opener, the USA proved unable to damage the Puerto Rican resistance for more than 20 minutes. It was not until midway third period that Eddie Soto?s lads cleared off the situation, with four hits that definitely closed the door to an eventual reply by their opponents. Nick Perera, with a new double, was USA?s top scorer again.
This defeat leaves Puerto Tico virtually eliminated in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 ? CONCACAF Qualifier, as the aggregate goal-average after these two games leaves them in a very difficult position.
Goals: 1-0: Toth, min. 4 (1); 2-0: Perera, min. 8 (3); 3-0: Perera, min. 5 (3); 4-0: Nakazawa, min. 4 (3); 5-0: Enfield, min. 2 (3);
FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP 2013 ? CONCACAF QUALIFIER BAHAMAS
Nassau, Bahamas 8th-12th of May
Thursday, 9th of May, 2013
12:00 ? Costa Rica 3(2)-3(1) Jamaica
13:15 ? United States 5-0 Puerto Rico
15:45 ? Bahamas 4-3 Guatemala
17:00 ? Mexico 9-1 Trinidad & Tobago
Matches for tomorrow
Friday, 10th of May, 2013
10:45 ?Canada vs Trinidad & Tobago
12:00 ? El Salvador vs Costa Rica
13:15 ? Guatemala vs Puerto Rico
14:30 ? Bahamas vs United States
15:45 ? 2nd Group B vs 3rd Group B
17:00 ? 2nd Group C vs 3rd Group C