Portugal lead the tournament with their second win
- A hat-trick from Joana Flores helps Portugal stay victorious
- Lorena nets a brace in Spain’s win
- Hillier give England the win in extra-time
Three very even matches took place at the Estádio do Viveiro Jordan dos Santos on Matchday 2 of the Women’s Euro Beach Soccer League.
Hosts win in well-fought contest
Portugal and Italy faced each other motivated by their wins in Matchday 1.
Joana Flores broke the deadlock with a well-struck penalty that put the Portuguese ahead.
The equaliser came through Privitera, who replied with a bicycle kick to a throw from Ruotolo 37 seconds before the break.
A shot from the halfway line by Joana Flores deflected on the sand to betray Ruotolo and put Portugal back leading two minutes into the second period.
One minute later Vecchione found the back of the net to put the game back level.
But Joana Flores would take Portugal leading into the final period with a thunder strike from her own half that found the back of the net five minutes before the break.
Italy would equalise through Vecchione who signed her second goal with a well-placed shot three minutes into the final period.
But the draw would only last for one minute because Inês Cruz’s left foot found the way into the net to confirm Portugal’s win to the home crowd’s joy.
Lorena puts Spain back on track
Spain took on Ukraine looking to react to their Matchday 1 defeat against Italy with Klymenko’s team also aiming for the first three points in the competition.
It was Jessi who broke the deadlock four minutes into the game with a quick reaction to the rebound on the far post to put Spain leading. The Ukrainians managed to hold off Spain for sixteen minutes until Lorena was in perfect position to turn an incomplete save by Slavych into La Roja’s second goal.
Kostiuk fired a free-kick straight into the back of the net at the beginning of the last period to put the match back up to dispute, but five minute before the final whistle Lorena showed up face-to-face with the goalkeeper to score her second goal and settle the match 3-1 in favour of the Spanish.
England take the win in extra time
Czech Republic and England were the first ones to step on the sand in Matchday 2.
It only took 19 seconds for Kempson to be given space to fire a shot from far that ended in the back of the net. The Czechs hit back two minutes later, a free-kick from Mody found its way into the goal to equalise the match.
Both teams were shy in their attempts at goal in the second period, but a cross from Folprechtova was headed by Slavíkova to make it 2-1 in the third period. The Lionesses would equalise after an own-goal by Dlouha with just two minutes left in regular time and took the match to extra time.
The game was heading to penalties but Hillier struck it home 37 seconds before the final whistle to seal the win for the English.
For full details on the Euro Beach Soccer League 2022, including fixtures, results and standings, head to beachsoccer.com.