Two one-goal margin wins determined the finalists of the tournament
- Bobo’s scores a hattrick to put Rosh Haayin in the final
- Jose’s penalty sends Napoli Patron through
The final Matchday of the second phase of the Euro Winners Challenge was nothing short of a dramatic movie that saw Rosh Haayin and Napoli Patron come out on top. The two teams will play the final with the winner earning qualification for the Euro Winners Cup quarter-finals.
A match for the ages
It was a game to decide who would go through but it could well have been the final. Real Münster and Rosh Haayin starred in a match of epic drama. The Israelis started strong and went into the second period winning 3-0 with goalkeeper Bobo opening his personal goalscoring tab. But the Germans reacted and cut the gap through Biermann and a stylish brace from Metzler to make it 4-3.
The decisive period rewarded all fans with beach soccer of the highest quality, and even though Rosh Haayin extended the lead again with a backheel from Edson Hulk and a long-range strike from Bobo, but Real Münster reacted once more and inspired by a bicycle kick from Japanese international Oba equalised the fray. It was then when Bobo struck a screamer, his third goal, and put his team through to the final. In the other match of the group, São Domingos beat AD Buarcos 2017 4-2 and finished third.
Napoli Patron secure the first place
There was plenty of drama too in the decider between Napoli Patron and Varzim. Only Jose’s penalty in the second period would set the difference between the two teams. The Greeks held off the Portuguese team until the end to clinch their place in the final. In the other match of the group, a goal by Rodrigo gave the win to Sesimbra against GRAP.
Real Münster (GER) 6-7 Rosh Haayin BSC (ISR)
São Domingos (POR) 4-2 AD Buarcos 2017 (POR)
Varzim SC (POR) 0-1 Napoli Patron APS (GRE)
GRAP (POR) 2-3 GD Sesimbra (POR)
For full details on the Euro Winners Challenge, including groups, fixtures, results and standings, head to beachsoccer.com.