Münster, Marseille, La Pirraya, Rostocker and Napoli BS take opening three points in Cagliari
– Oba shines for Münster against countryman
– Amilcar’s hat-trick helps Salvadorians defeat Napoli Patron
– Wegeber and Bê Martins hit five to lead scoring
Real Münster, the highest-ranked team at the World Winners Cup following the recent update in the rankings, put 10 past Japanese side Lazo Apego, and a Rostocker Robben bolstered by Danish internationals downed Italian club Bologna.
Debutants La Pirraya (SLV) took a win against Napoli Patron on the first matchday of the World Winners Cup, while Marseille welcomed another club playing their first official beach soccer match, Canada BSC.
The day ended with Napoli BS putting a whopping 15 goals past Georgian side Telavi.
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Münster hit 10 on Day 1
Real Münster, with the help of their star international signings, swept aside Japanese club Lazo Apego by 10 goals to two in their first match of the World Winners Cup.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finalist and winner of the Bronze Scorer award, Akaguma, took the lead for Lazo Apego after just seconds of the match, putting the Japanese club ahead.
From that moment one, however, the tables turned as the Samurai recruit for the Germans, Oba, netted four against his countrymen, and Portugal’s Bê Martins was in even more inspired form, hitting no less than five against a stunned Lazo Apego side.
Tsukasa pulled one back in the second period, making it 7-2, but the other Martins brother Leo put away the tenth goal for Münster in the final minute of the match, wrapping up simple points in Group A on Day 1.
Marseille just edge debutant Canadians with late bicycle kick
With a mix of French and Italian internationals, Marseille BT welcomed Canada BSC to Cagliari in their debut to official beach soccer with a thrillingly tight match.
The first period belonged to the French club, who went ahead early on with goals from Les Bleus’ Varrel, Santos Dias and a direct corner scored by Italian Luca Addarii.
The second period flowed in the same direction with Artuphel and Bertacca giving Marseille a four-goal lead after Goyo’s strike for the Canadians, but with less than one minute of the period left, Wellington sparked Canada BSC’s reaction.
Cann’s strike and a brilliant individual brace from USA international Rezende, levelled the score line at 5-5 with seven minutes to go. A winner did come though, and it was French international Santos Dias who pounded in a bicycle kick with three minutes before the final whistle to win the match 6-5.
Amilcar shines as La Pirraya take first points
The intercontinental clash between Napoli Patron from Greece and La Pirraya from El Salvador saw Oliver Levin stand out as the protagonist of the first period, as the Danish international goalkeeper saved every attempt from La Pirraya, keeping the scoreboard at 0-0.
The Salvadorans would eventually break the deadlock in the last two minutes of the second period with a brace from Amilcar, and their lead would be extended to four goals through Hector and Batres opening the third period.
But the Greeks reacted with a double from Diamantopoulos in quick succession, and a goal from Azerbaijani international Nazarov, putting the match back to discussion.
It would be Oscar Alonso and Amilcar’s third goal to put an end to the uncertainty, as the Central Americans extend their final lead to 6-3, bagging an essential opening win.
Wegeber hits five for Rostocker to down Bologna
Regulars at the Euro Winners Cup and participants of the last edition of the World Winners Cup, Rostocker Robben made a positive impression in their first match, as their Danish recruits shone brightest.
Ilardo, top scorer of the Italian second division, pounded in a brace in the first period, as Bologna took an early lead. However, young Denmark international Wegeber fired in two even more impressive goals from distance to level the match before the break.
The German club extended their lead in the second period with three more from the young Dane – taking his tally to an impressive five goals along with Bê Martins – who was joined on the scoresheet by countryman Frandsen, and Die Mannschaft international Paul Baaske. Ilardo hit number three and Turchi put away his first for the Italians, taking the score to 7-4.
In the final period, Wegeber scored his sixth of the match, but this one was an unfortunate deflection into his own net. Keeper Madsen sent a rocket in for eight and then Knüppel rounded the match off with a last volley for Rostocker, as the final whistle went with the scores at 9-5.
Napoli Beach Soccer hit 15 to go top of Group D
The Georgian club gave the star-studded Napoli Beach Soccer a scare with an opening screamer from Giorgi, but the Italians soon found their goal-scoring rhythm.
The Azzurri internationals who had just won qualification to both the World Beach Games and the European Games, Zurlo, Josep Jr and Giordani, soon turned the score around.
Zurlo then added to his tally with some beautiful team play between the Italians, scoring three before the first break.
Brazilian Eudin, Moxedano and Sciacca had all added their names to the scoresheet by the time the match was over, as the locals ran riot, taking the final tally to 15, the biggest win on Day 1 of the World Winners Cup.
The World Winners Cup 2022 will be played from 14 to 18 September, on the Italian island of Sardinia, at the Poetto beach in Cagliari.
RESULTS – 14/09
Real Münster (GER) 10-2 Lazo Apego (JPN)
Napoli Patron (GRE) 3-6 La Pirraya (SLV)
Rostocker Robben (GER) 9-5 Bologna BS (ITA)
Canada BSC (CAN) 5-6 Marseille BT (FRA)
Telavi BSC (GEO) 1-15 Napoli BS (ITA)
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