Argentina are the new South American kings!

The dethroned Brazil met the expectations and seized last ticket to FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013

Argentina replaced Brazil at the throne of South American Beach Soccer. The Albiceleste run past Paraguay in the final of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 ? CONMEBOL Qualifier Merlo-San Luis to claim the cup and round the party begun yesterday with the achievement of the ticket to Papeete.
Enjoying again an astonishing atmosphere, the Argentineans tried to get the reins of the game as of the referee blew his whistle for kick-off, but Ayala?s saves and E. Barrientos hit had things happening just the other way round. Petrasso?s lads? reply, came no later than two minutes, with Levi equalizing the score. With the 1-1 on the score, Argentina felt comfortable again, and began their assault during the second break with Leguizamon and Franceschini pushing the score 1-3. 
Medero gave the third period a brilliant opening, with the 1-4 for his side, and, despite Zayas? header wanted to mean the beginning of something for the Guaraní side, two more goals by Ezequiel and Santiago Hilaire sealed the historic win for the Albiceleste. 
Goals: 1-0: E. Barrientos, min. 3 (1); 1-1: Levi, min. 1 (1); 1-2: Leguizamón, min. 9 (2); 1-3: Franceschini, min. 4 (2); 1-4: Medero, min. 11 (3); 2-4: Zayas, min. 6 (3); 2-5: E. Hilaire, min. 4 (3); 2-6: S. Hilaire, min. 3 (3);  
Brazil secures berth in match for the 3rd place
Brazil could not let it happen, and they did not. The Tetracampeão met the expectations and grasped the last ticket to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 after knocking Ecuador down in the match for the third place of this CONMEBOL Qualifier. 
Buru and Sidney gave the Verdeamarela an advantage they would never lose again. Despite Paraguay managed to get really close in the score on two occasions, a devastating 6-1 run in the third period confirmed Brazil will not be left aside the global showcase to be held in Papeete next September. The amazing contribution by Bruno Xavier, awarded as the tournament?s top scorer was crucial to crush the Ecuadorian expectations, as the goals by this formidable defender came just when La Tri were pushing harder. 
Goals: 1-0: Buru, min, 9 (1); 2-0: Bruno Xavier, min. 8 (1) ; 2-1 : Álava, min. 5 (1) ; 3-1 : Daniel, min. 3 (1) ; 4-1 : Sidney, min. 2 (1) ; 4-2 : Barre, min. 0 (1) ; 5-2 : Bruno Xavier, min 10 (2) ; 5-3 : Quiñones, min. 4 (2) ; 5-4 : Cevallos, min. 1 (2) ; 6-4 : Bruno Xavier, min. 8 (3) ; 6-5 : Delgado, min. 8 (3); 7-5: Bruno Xavier, min. 7 (3); 8-5: Benjamin, min. 6 (3); 9-5: Benjamin, min. 5 (3); 10-5: Fernando DDI, min. 4 (3); 11-5: Bruno Xavier, min. 3 (3);
Colombia clinch 7th place
In the first game of the day, Colombia confirmed their seventh place, after edging Peru in an amazing third-leg comeback. Despite the Peruvians came into the last stage 1-3 ahead, Rojas? hat-trick and Anaya?s contribution turned the score around, letting Renso de Jesus Modera?s side leave Merlo with a better taste in their mouths after failing to qualify for the semifinals as they did in the last edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup ? CONMEBOL Qualifier.  
Goals: 0-1: Drago, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Rojas, min. 3 (2); 1-2: Drago, min. 0 (2); 1-3: Castro, min. 10 (3); 2-3: Rojas, min. 9 (3); 3-3: Rojas, min. 5 (3); 4-3: Anaya, min. 1 (3)
Match results today
Sunday, February 17th
10:30 ? Colombia 4-3 Perú (Play-off for the 7th place)
13:00 ? Brasil 11-5 Ecuador (Match for the 3rd place)
14:15 ? Argentina 6-2 Paraguay (FINAL)
Final standings
Winner: Argentina*
Runner-up: Paraguay*
3rd: Brazil*
4th: Ecuador
*Qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013
5th: Chile
6th: Uruguay
7th: Colombia
8th: Peru
9th: Venezuela
Individual awards:
MVP: Luciano Franceschini (ARG)
Top Scorer: Bruno Xavier (BRA), 13 goals.
Best goalkeeper: Marcelo Salgueiro (ARG)
Fair Play award: Peru

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