The Swiss side edge Beachkick Berlin in the final in Catania to claim first ever continental crown
Grasshopper Club Zurich claimed the first ever Women’s Euro Winners Cup, following a balanced final against Beachkick Berlin Ladies. The Swiss side showed a great beach soccer entity, not letting nervousness get in their way when things got difficult.
Beachkick Berlin, who stepped ahead in the score and sat on the driver’s seat for most of the game, saw their opponents take over in the third period, and found no ways to contend the Alpine’s momentum.
The awarded as best player of the competition, Rebecca Gabriel, swept the German team ahead midway first period, with Neue following for the 2-0 before the frame was over. In those very difficult moments, Grasshopper stayed calm and awaited for their moment, which would eventually come.
It did, and in the second period, the Alpine side equalised the score, at the time they grew strong on the sand. Gabriel hit again to have his side ahead again, but a 0-3 run by Grasshoppers definitely unbalanced the game. Heer pulled one back for the Berliners, but the 17 seconds remaining were not enough to allow them accomplish the comeback, and Grasshopper Club Zurich sealed a historical win: They are the first ever champions of the Womens Euro Winners Cup!
Goals: 1-0: Gabriel, min. 4 (1); 2-0: Neue, min. 0 (1); 2-1: Cornelia, min. 11 (2); 2-2: Scalfer (OG), min. 1 (2); 3-2: Gabriel, min. 10 (3); 3-3: Lena, min.7 (3); 3-4: Janine, min. 6 (3); 3-5: Dzenifer, min. 3 (3); 4-5: Heer, min. 0 (3).
Zvedza resists Catanzaro’s reaction to seal bronze
WFC Zvedza downed mighty Catanzaro to end up third in the Euro Winners Cup. The Russian side laid the foundations of today’s win with a prolific first period, in which after getting 2-0 ahead, counteracted with two more goals when Catanzaro equalized.
One of the best players in the tournament and top scorer, Marina Fedorova, added to this advantage for the 2-5 before the end of the second frame. Catanzaro tried and tried in the last frame but Zvedza managed to deny all their attempts. All but one, by Conte, that added some excitement to the last minutes but did not accomplish the reaction the Transalpine were longing for.
0-1: Akylbafva, min. 8 (1); 0-2: Cherniakova, min. 8 (1); 1-2 Capablo, min. 7 (1); 2-2: Barbara, min. 5 (1); 2-3: Federova, min. 4 (1); 2-4: Osinovskaia, min. 3 (1); 2-5: Federova, min. 0 (2); 3-5: Conte, min. 2 (3).
Portsmouth holds off Catania for 5th
Portsmouth will fly back to England with the fifth position in the Euro Winners Cup, after a very solid match in which they knew how to command, and how to resist when their opponent took over control. The game turned to be a see-saw battle in which every detail seemed to become very relevant.
The 3-0 run for Pompey between the last minutes of the second frame, and the beginning of the third made the difference in the game. Roberta pulled one back for the hosts, but the rossoblu reaction reached no further and Portsmouth prevailed, bagging the fifth position in this first ever Women’s Euro Winners Cup.
1-0: Sievwright, min. 6 (1); 1-1: Pamela, min. 9 (2); 1-2: Pamela, min. 9 (2); 2-2: Kempson, min. 8 (2); 3-2: James, min. 7 (2); 3-3: Graziana, min. 4 (2); 4-3: Kempson, min. 1 (2); 5-3: Widdowson, min. 1 (2); 6-3: Meyer, min. 10 (3); 6-4: Roberta, min. 4 (3).
Extra-time winner sends Sogesport 7th
Sogesport finished the Euro Winners Cup 2016 in seventh position, following a thrilling win over DTS’35, from the Netherlands. The Spanish side, who had to struggle until the last breath, even rescuing a late equaliser to send the game to extra time in the very last minute, finally managed to seal the win thanks to Roco’s winner in the additional period.
Goals:1-0: Roco, min. 5 (1); 1-1: Zech, min. 5 (1); 2-1: Roco, min. 2 (1); 2-2: Den Kelder, min. 8 (3); 2-3: Blankespoor, min. 8 (3); 3-3: Rubi, min. 2 (3); 3-4: Van Den Schoor, min. 2 (3); 4-4: Benete, min. 1 (3); 5-4: Roco, min 1 (ET)
EURO WINNERS CUP 2016
10.45 – Sogesport Esportiu 5-4(aet) DTS’35 (Play-off for the 7th place)
13.15 – Domusbet Catania Women CE 4-6 Portsmouth Ladies (Play-off for the 5th place)
15.45 – Catanzaro BS 5-3 WFC Zvedza (Play-off for 3rd place)
18.15 – Beachkick Berlin 4-5 Grasshopper CZ (FINAL)
MVP: Rebecca Gabriel (Beachkick Berlin)
Top Scorer: Marina Fedorova (WFC Zvedza)
Best goalkeeper: Susanne Shutz (Grasshopper CZ)
CHAMPIONS: Grasshopper CZ (SUI)
Runner-up: Beachkick Berlin (GER)
3rd place: WFC Zvedza (RUS)
4th place: Catanzaro BS (ITA)
5th place: Portsmouth BSC (ENG)
6th place: Domusbet Catania (ITA)
7th place: Sogesport (ESP)
8th place: DTC’35 (NED)