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Goals galore in Superfinal opening
Spain, Russia, Portugal and hosts Italy prevail in Day 1 in Terracina
Inspired Spain give Switzerland no chance
Spain showed great prowess in their debut at the Euro Beach Soccer League Superfinal Terracina, solidly bending Switzerland. Eduard, with three goals, became the Alpine’s worst nightmare today, with Llorenç, Chiky, Casado and Antonio making things even worse for them.
An opening 3-0 run left things in a comfortable position for the Spaniards. Despite the road had got pretty uphill for them, Switzerland would not give up without fighting, and tried their best to counteract the Spaniard’s inspired evening. Wüest took advantage of the only defensive mistake by La Roja tu pull the first back for Schirinzi’s squad and make the score 3-1, heading into third leg.
In that last period Spain fielded their best version, not giving Switzerland any chance of dreaming about the comeback. The 4-1 run in that last 12 minutes sealed the Spanish victory, eventually putting them on top of the table in group 1.
Goals: 1-0: Eduard, min. 10 (1); 2-0: Llorenç, min. 3 (1); 3-0: Chiky, min. 9 (2); 3-1: Wüest, min. 8 (3); 4-1: Eduard, min. 11 (3); 4-2: Ott, min. 11 (3); 5-2: Antonio. Min. 7 (3); 6-2: Casado, min. 2 (3); 7-2: Eduard, min. 1 (3);
Goals: 1-0 Bryshtel, min. 9 (1); 1-1: Krysanov, min. 8 (1); 1-2: Kryshanov, min. 0 (1); 1-3: Nikonorov, min. 4 (2); 1-4: Chuzhkov, min. 9 (3)
Kryshanov double sees off Belarus
Russia kicked off their bid for a fifth Euro Beach Soccer League Superfinal title with a solid 4-1 win against near-neighbours Belarus on Thursday.
Despite losing Dmitrii Shisin and Alexey Makarov to injury at the recent domestic cup finale in Varga, the Russians bounced back from a goal down to claim maximum points with the help of a Viktor Kryshanov brace.
Belarus - who have been under impressive form of late and ran Russia close during the Moscow stage in July - led through their talismanic captain Ihar Bryshtsel’s calm finish three minutes in.
However, it proved a shortlived advantage as Kryshanov levelled a minute later before the Russian edged his side in front inside the final minute of the opening frame.
Things remained tense while the sides were separated by just the one goal, but Boris Nikonorov extended the advantage late in the second frame before goalkeeper Maksim Chuzhkov sealed the points with a long-range strike nine minutes from time.
Mikhail Likhachev’s men saw out the win with relative ease, kickstarting their bid for a fifth title in style.
Goals: 1-0 Bryshtel, min. 9 (1); 1-1: Kryshanov. V, min. 8 (1); 1-2: Kryshanov. V, min. 0 (1); 1-3: Nikonorov, min. 4 (2); 1-4: Chuzhkov, min. 9 (3)
Record-chasing Portugal hold off dogged Poland
Portugal saw off a stubborn Poland side 6-4 on day one of the Superfinal in Terracina to move joint top of Division A, Group One with Spain.
After Spain beat Switzerland earlier in the day, Mario Narciso’s men were presented with a similarly tough test they encountered against Poland at the Siofok stage of the Euro Beach Soccer League.
But, like in Hungary, Portugal did enough and remain on course for a competition-record sixth title.
In a goal-packed opening frame, Witold Ziober opened the scoring five minutes in only for Leo Martins to drag the five-time winners back on level terms.
Pavel Friszkemut - one of Poland’s most in-form players of late - restored Poland’s advantage but the sides went in level at the break thanks to Rio Coimbra’s tidy finish.
Portugal began the second period much brighter and, having tightened up at the back, led for the first time when Be Martins joined his twin brother on the scoresheet.
Bruno Torres extended that cushion before the final frame although Filip Gac’s strike kept the contest interesting going into the final stages.
Jordan Santos made life more comfortable for the former FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup champions but Poland continued to battle as Konrad Kubiak brought his side back within a goal of parity.
However, the points were wrapped up when Be Martins slotted in his second with 58 seconds left on the clock to join Spain on three points after day one.
Goals: 1-0: Ziober, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Leo Martins, min. 6 (1); 2-1: Friszkemut, min. 5 (1); 2-2: Coimbra, min. 2 (1); 2-3: Be Martins, min. 8 (2); 2-4: Torres; 3-4: Gac, min. 10 (3); 3-5: Jordan, min. 7 (3); 4-5: Kubiak, min. 4 (3); 4-6: Be Martins, min. 0 (3)
Hosts Italy make statement of intent against Ukraine
Euro Beach Soccer League Superfinal hosts Italy made a statement of intent on home sand in Terracina on Thursday as they hammered defending champions Ukraine 11-4.
Playing in front of their home fans on the western coast, Italy breezed through day one with some fearsome finishing from the likes of Gabriele Gori and Emmanuele Zurlo as Massimo Agostini’s men laid down a marker early in the competition.
Italy made the perfect start in front of their home faithful as Gori notched inside the opening minute, with the hosts’ forward at it again just 60 seconds later to put his side in cruise control early on.
The home side then began to really put Ukraine to the sword as Michele Di Palma, Dario Ramacciotti and Paolo Palmacci each found the target before Zurlo struck twice in as many minutes.
Ivan Glutskyii got Ukraine on the board before the break but Di Palma wrestled back momentum with a fine effort for Italy early in the second.
Gori’s hat-trick goal made it 9-1 late in the second frame and, while Roman Pachev reduced the arrears slightly before the final period, dangerman Gori took Italy into double figures shortly after the restart.
Oleg Zborovskyi got on the scoresheet with four minutes remaining but Simone Marinai provided Italy’s response to keep the home fans happy.
There was time for Kostiantyn Makeiev to grab the last goal of the game but it was Italy who will head into day two off the back of three points - joining Russia at the top of the table.
Goals: 1-0: Gori, min. 11 (1); 2-0: Gori, min. 10 (1); 3-0: Di Palma, min. 8 (1); 4-0: Ramacciotti, min. 3 (1); 5-0: Palmacci, min. 2 (1); 6-0: Zurlo, min. 2 (1); 7-0: Zurlo, min. 1 (1); 7-1: Glutskyi, min. 0 (1); 8-1: Di Palma, min. 10 (2); 9-1: Gori, min. 3 (2); 9-2: Pachev, min. 2 (2); 10-2: Gori, min. 11 (3); 10-3: Zborovskyi, min. 4 (3); 11-3: Marinai, min. 4 (3); 11-4: Makeiev, min. 1 (3)