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14 Dec 2017
Thrills and spills in Mundialito de Clubes opener
Lokomotiv Moscow, Flamengo, Corinthians and Levante clinch first wins in Vargem-Grande Paulista
2012 champions Lokomotiv Moscow had a sweet start in this 2017 edition of the Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer, taking place at Vargem-Grande Paulista (São Paulo). The Russian side had a huge challenge in the competition’s opener, taking on Portuguese giants Sporting Clube, but Leonov’s lads perfectly handled the situation to earn the first points.
First goal took its time. Both sides were binging up a fierce fight, although it was Lokomotiv the ones with the best goal chances. The Russian side was fielding more offensive talent, and that was progressively giving its results.
With one minute to go, Dejan Stankovic openened the score for the Muscovite. Just seconds afterwards, a perfectly-executed penalty kick by captain Anton Shkarin doubled Loko’s advantage, making it 2-0 at the end of first half.
Lokomotiv’s inspiration did not flag, with Nelito taking the baton. Two missiles from the distance by the Brazilian international pushed his side 4-0 ahead in the blink of an eye, and things began looking very difficult for the Lisbon Leões…
Before the end of the period, Ozu added with the 5th for his side, virtually sealing the win for Loko.
Despite Duarte pulled one back for the Portuguese midway half third period, things were absolutely under control for the Russian side, who scored again to restore the 5-goal gap and cruise to their first win in the competition.
Goals: 0-1: Stankovic, min. 1 (1); 0-2: Shkarin, min. 0 (1); 0-3: Nelito, min. 10 (2); 0-4: Nelito, min. 9 (2); 0-5: Ozu, min. 1 (3); 1-5: Duarte, min. 6 (3); 1-6: Nikonorov, min. 5 (3)
Flamengo fly past Rosario with prolific first period
Flamengo made things very clear in their debut at the Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer 2017 againstCA Rosario Central. The Rubronegro used timely attack and high doses of talent to fly past the Academia, leaving everything defined yet in the first period of the game.
In those first minutes, the braces by Benjamin Junior and Dmais, together with the contribution by Thanger and Maikinho virtually gave the Carioca the win. The helpless Argentinean side could not find the way to stop the offensive prowess of their opponent, and the break was the only relief they got.
After that period, Flamengo geared down, sat back and relaxed, focusing on keeping everything under control. Acknowledging that the competition has just begun and there is still a long way to go, the Rubronegro combined and combined, avoiding dangerous situations, trying to keep the Canalla side as far as possible from their goal.
Minutes went by, and Flamengo bagged their first win, keeping a clean sheet in their debut at the Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer taking place at Vargem-Grande Paulista.
Goals: 1-0: Benjamin Jr., min. 7 (1); 2-0: Thanger, min. 6 (1); 3-0: Dmais, min. 3 (1); 4-0: Dmais, min. 3 (1); 5-0: Benjamin Jr., min. 3 (1); 6-0: Maikinho, min. 2 (1)
Corinthians snatch win in Brazilian battle
SC Corinthians Paulista managed to hold their nerve in the last minutes of the game to clinch a tight win over Botafofo. The Carioca tried until the very last breath, but the Timão resisted to secure a truly relevant win.
Paraguay’s striker Pedro Morán swept Corinthians ahead in the first period, with Artur Paporotniy doubling the advantage in the second. That advantage would become the difference-maker for the Paulista side, as Botafogo would immediately react, with Bernardo Botelho’s hit.
Morán came to the rescue once again, restoring the two-goal advantage before the end of the second period.
Botafogo would not give up, and Igor cut the distance in half right after the third period began. But, again, Corinthians would react, with Paporotniy’s second goal making it 4-2.
With still 11 minutes to go, the Fogão kept trying and trying. Balinha managed to pull one back from a free kick attempt, but the carioca reaction finally fell one goal short, as the two minutes remaining went by without significant goal chances.
Goals: 1-0: Morán, min. 5 (1); 2-0: Paporotniy, min. 5 (2); 2-1: Bernardo Botelho, min. 4 (2); 3-1: Morán, min. 1 (2); 3-2: Igor, min. 11 (3); 4-2: Paporotniy, min. 11 (3); 4-3: Balinha, min. 2 (3)
Levante prevail in see-saw battle against Pars Jonoobi
Levante and Pars Jonoobi brought on a truly beach soccer thriller in the last game of this first day of the Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer, with the Spaniards finally bagging the win.
The Persian side took the lead in the first stages of the game, though. Akbari’s opener was counteracted by Adri Frutos to leave things one apiece at the first break. Boulokbashi swept Pars Jonoobi ahead once again, but, this time, Levante’s reaction will go deeper, as Pablo and Aceitón turned the score around to have Levante 3-2 up.
The stroke exchange went on, though, and second leg will still have the two sides tied at four.
But in the third, Levante finally took off to grasp the points, with Adri Frutos and Pablo scoring their second goals today, and Cristian Torres widening the gap. Pars Jonoobi was 7-4 down with just one minute to go, but they fought hard to give that last seconds as much drama as possible.
Masoumizadeh and Kiani added some spice to that last stage, but Pars Jonoobi’s reaction fell just one goal short.
Goals: 0-1: Akbari, min. 11 (1); 1-1: Adri Frutos, min. 5 (1); 1-2: Boulokbashi, min. 10 (2); 2-2: Pablo, min. 8 (2); 3-2: Aceitón, min. 6 (2); 3-3: Kiani, min. 2 (2); 4-3: Javi Torres, min. 2 (2); 4-4: Boulokbashi, min. 2 (2); 5-4: Adri Frutos, min. 8 (3); 6-4: Pablo, min. 4 (3); 7-4: Cristian, min. 1 (3); 7-5: Masoumizadeh, min. 1 (3); Kiani, min. 1 (3)
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