Portugal and Spain take second wins in Nazaré to stay top of the groups
– Second wins for Spain and Portugal
– Leo Martins tops scoring charts with second hat-trick
– Poland bag three points in first match
Day 2 had Spain and Portugal cement their places as leaders of the groups, while Ukraine and Poland make their first appearances in the 2022 Euro Beach Soccer League.
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Leo Martins shines again as Portugal down Les Bleus
France had proven difficult to fell in their match against Switzerland yesterday, and they held off the defending European champions – in front of a home crowd, no less – until the second period, which began with the score at 0-0.
But Leo Martins could not be held out forever, as he picked up where he left off yesterday, and fired in the first goal of the day. Barbotti pulled one back, but the dam had burst and Portugal cruised into imperial goal-scoring form.
Leo Martins and Andre Lourenço bagged braces in the second period, and Algarvio took it to five by the time the final period began. Be Martins put away his first of the match, before Belchior and a final goal from Leo Martins put the game beyond the reach of Claude Barabe’s men.
With the final score at 8-2, Portugal bag another simple win, keeping their title-defending campaign well on track. They will play Switzerland in the last game in Nazaré tomorrow, while France take on Poland.
Wonder goals mark La Roja victory over Ukraine
Ukraine met Spain in their first match of the 2022 EBSL season, falling behind in the first period to a signature Edu Suarez bicycle kick. The men in yellow struggled against their Spanish counterparts and wasted the chances they did manage to create.
However, the gap was narrow at the break, and Shcherytsia nodded in an equaliser at the far post to give Ukraine hope. A screamer straight from kick-off saw Edu seal his brace and Chiky made it 3-1 before the second whistle.
After their win yesterday, and with a two-goal lead in hand, Mendez’s men controlled the rest of the match with confidence and Antonio struck a wonder goal in the last period to clinch three more points for La Roja, and taking them to the top of Group B.
Ukraine face another Mediterranean opponent tomorrow when they meet the Azzurri, and Spain will go up against Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan edge tight encounter against Germany on Day 2
Having lost heavily on Day 1 in Nazaré, both Germany and Azerbaijan were in need of points when they met on Saturday,
Olli bundled the ball over the line from a Metzler corner to get Die Mannschaft off the mark in the first period but Azerbaijan hit back through a brilliant freekick from Nazarov. Akhundov volleyed the men from the Land of Fire into the lead moments later.
There was time for Olli to equalise before the break in a tense first period, as he fired in an overhead kick from the middle of the pitch.
Goalkeeper Elchin shot from distance to score the only goal of the second period, and in the third and fierce fight saw each side score three. Akhundov hit his second and Metzler completed an impressive quick-fire brace to keep the score tight.
It was Mamadov’s goal that finally downed the stubborn Germans, taking the final score to a final 5-6 to Azerbaijan, resulting in a second loss for Die Mannschaft and essential points for Azerbaijan in Group B.
Pietrasiak stars as Poland sweep aside Estonia
After a baptism of fire in their opening match against defending champions Portugal, Estonia faced a second tough opponent on Saturday in the prolific Poles.
Pietrasiak and Ziober each beat Kotter twice in the opening period to put Poland into a comfortable lead. Lepik smashed in a brilliant right-rooted shot from distance to get Estonia off the mark but they had a mountain to climb in the next two periods.
Pietrasiak netted two more in the second period, pouncing on defensive errors to punish the Estonian defenders further.
The third period had Witkowski put the final nail in the coffin for the Division A newcomers with a succulent chip from distance to make it seven to Poland. Lepik had the last word, bundling the ball over the line with minutes left to take the final score to 7-2.
Two defeats in two for Estonia, while Poland bag three points in Group A on their first appearance of the season.
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