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25 May 2018
Nazaré Cup kicks-off in style
More than 130 goals were scored in the opening day of the competition, with the favourites earning their first points
Despite the rain yesterday the weather was amazing for the first day of the Nazaré Beach Soccer Cup 2018.
The day saw a grand total of 16 matches, over 130 goals and plenty of satisfied onlookers.
Here’s how it unfolded in each group:
Playas de Mazarrón kicked off their competition against CS Olimpia and went away with the three points after putting four past the Moldovans.
In the last game of the day, CD Nacional also took three points against Costa de Caparica, beating them 3 – 6 in a thrilling game, which gets them following Playas de Mazarrón at the top of the standings.
FC Delta struggled against a stubborn AIS Playas de San Javier but two hard earned goals were enough to see off the plucky Spaniards and grab three points in their opening game.
Elsewhere in the group Biblioteca Instrução e Recreio fought hard against BSC Artur Music but the Ukrainians put four past them to claim victory.
BSC Academy and Varzim SC met at 14:00 local time, and the Latvian team saw off their opponents with a tough won victory.
Varzim would hit first, but BSC Academy managed to turn things around and resist their opponents attempts. Later on in the afternoon, 2014 and 2015 Euro Winners Cup champions BSC Kristall would storm past SC Salgueiros 1 – 10, letting everybody know that they will not miss the train to the Euro Winners Cup.
Falfala Kfar Qassem met Littoral BS Dunkerquois and would see off their French rivals after an 11 goal thriller, ending 7 – 4. Despite the Israeli side controlling the game all throughout, Littoral kept fighting and making things difficult until the very last moment.
The other teams in the group met later at 15:15 where Levante CD put eight past AD Buarcos 2017. The granota used their wider international experience and gave their opponents little chance, thus securing the position at the head of the group table.
The Germans met the French in a relatively low scoring fixture between Wuppertaler SV and Montpellier Hérault BS, which finished in a 3-2 victory for the Germans, granting them the eventual second place in the table.
In the other game of the group, Eudim helped Catania thrash Casa Benfica Caldas da Rainha by scoring a whopping five of the team's 12 goals. The final 3-12 result for the rossoblu have them on top of the standings in Group E.
Early on in the day, 2016 Euro Winners Cup champions Viareggio BS took on a tough APS Napoli Patron in a real end to end bout which saw the reigning champions of them just edge to victory by a single goal. Ramacciotti’s free kick got the bianconeri ahead for the first time in the game, an advantage goalkeeper Andrea Carpita helped maintain. Elsewhere, GR Olival Basto beat the competition’s only Georgian team, BSMA, by three goals to zero.
One of the early kick offs of the day was Portsmouth BSC against Leixoes SC. The Brits went behind early on and looked like a comeback might be on but in the end the they were pipped to the post by a single goal. Elsewhere in the group, Boca Gdansk destroyed São Domingos FC ten goals to one, making it clear that they want to go all the way to the Euro Winners Cup.
The first game of the day – and tournament – turned out to be the highest scoring with local Portuguese team Casa Benfica de Loures putting 17 past Atletico Licata, from Italy. The other game in the group was the only one of the day that went to penalties, after a three all draw between CF Chelas and Siofoki Banyasz SE. The Magyar sealed the point at stake, thus following Casa Benfica in the table.
For complete results, standings and schedule, click here.