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16 Dec 2017
Lokomotiv and Pars Jonoobi to square off for Mundialito crown
Corinthians and Flamengo will fight for the third place in the competition
Pars Jonoobi upset Flamengo to become first finalists of the Mundialito
FC Pars Jonoobi from Iran became the first finalists of the Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer 2017, following a solid win over Flamengo in the game opening Day 3 of the competition. The Persian side needed a 2-goal win to secure a berth in the decider, and this is what they got.
Flamengo, in turn, got to the game with the best panorama, as any kind of victory, or even a defeat by less than two goals or during extra time, would get them through.
With that in mind, the Carioca wanted to have things rolling and managed to hit first, thanks to one of the best players in the competition, Benjamin Jr. That did not impress Pars Jonoobi, who were determined to go all the way in the competition, as Moslem Mesigar made clear with the equalizer immediately afterwards.
Two minutes before the break Thyago turned the score around for the Persian side, who would get into second leg 2-1 ahead.
That second period meant the game’s turning point, as a 0-2 run by Pars left the score 4-1. Goalkeeper Behzapour not only produced unbelievable saves to keep his nets safe, but also contributed to his teams offensive registers, with the 1-5 just seconds into last frame.
When Flamengo tried to react, it seemed already too late. The Iranian will seemed indestructible, and despite the Carioca managed to cut the distance, their reaction finally fell one goal short, sending them to the fight for the bronze agains Corinthians.
Goals: 1-0: Benjamin Jr., min. 11 (1); 1-1: Mesigar, min. 10(1); 1-2: Thyago, min. 2 (1); 1-3: Mesigar, min. 7 (2); 1-4: Masoumizadeh, min. 0 (2); 1-5: Behzadpour, min. 11 (3); 2-5: William, min. 11 (3); 2-6: Masoumizadeh, min. 6 (3); 3-6: Anderson, min. 4 (2); 4-6: Thanger, min. 3 (3)
Solid Lokomotiv Moscow earn place in Finale
2012 champions Lokomotiv Moscow earned the chance to fight for their second Mundialito de Clubes crown after a new solid beach soccer performance, with which they beat the home favourites, Corinthians, en route to the competition’s final.
Despite the Paulista side seemed ready to counteract Lokomotiv’s opener, with Paporotnyi and Anderson turning score around to have Corinthians leading 2-1, Be Martins would not let his team get to the second break behind in the score, equalizing with the 2-2.
A 3-0 run in the first stages of the third league made the difference for the Muscovite. Stankovic, Llorenç and Nikonorov virtually sealed the win for Loko, and, consequently, the berth in the final of the competition.
Anderson pulled one back for Corinthians, but the remaining two minutes were not time enough for the Brazilian side to accomplish the comeback.
The final 3-5 sends Corinthinas to the fight for bronze tomorrow against Flamengo, while confirms Lokomotiv as the second team in the final of this Mundialito, where they will find Iranian side Pars Jonoobi.
Goals: 0-1: Ozu, min. 10 (2); 1-1: Paporotniy, min. 5 (2); 2-1: Anderson, min. 3 (2); 2-2: Be Martins, min. 1 (2); 2-3: Stankovic, min. 9 (3);2-4: Nikonorov, min. 5 (5); 2-5: Llorenç, min. 3 (3); 3-5: Anderson, min. 2 (3);
Igor leads Botafogo in win over Sporting
Botafogo did not miss the chance to bag their first three points in the Mundialito de Clubes, and bent Sporting Clube de Portugal in the last group stage day.
The Carioca side managed to stay ahead in the score for most of the game, banking on a terrifically inspired Igor Rangel, who destroyed the Leões resistance with three goals.
Portuguese internationals Madjer, Jordan and Tiago Batalha tried to keep Sporting in the fight, getting just one behind twice, but the Carioca dominance was solid, and a late 2-0 run, with goals by Dani and Lucas, saw Sporting off.
The final 6-3 has Botafofo taking on Levante for the fifth place, whereas Sporting Clube de Portugal will fight Argentina’s Rosario Central for the seventh place of this Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer 2017 taking place at Vargem-Grande Paulista (Brazil).
Goals: 1-0: Igor, min. 9 (1); 2-0: Igor, min. 8 (1); 2-1: Madjer, min. 8 (1); 3-1: Jefferson, min. 7 (1); 3-2: Jordan, min. 11 (2); 4-2: Igor, min. 6 (2); 4-3: Batalha, min. 0 (2); 5-3: Dani, min. 3(3); 6-3: Lucas, min. 2 (3)
Levante to fight for 5th
Levante clinched their second win in the Mundialito de Clubes Beach Soccer, thus earning the right to play for the fifth place in the competition. The Spaniards lead a solid performance and bent Argentina’s Rosario Central, who will take on Sporting Clube de Portugal in the fight for 7th place.
Both teams played as if they were playing for the Cup, fighting for every ball and bringing on a tightly contested game. The wider international experience by Levante ended up making the difference.
The two-goal advantage built by Antonio and Christian Biermann ended up being decisive for the Spaniards. Despite Agustini cut distance in half for Rosario, José Miralles restored the advantage to help Levante secure a new win in the competition, as well as the chance to fight for fifth place.
Goals: 0-1: Antonio, min. 9(1); 0-2: Biermann, min. 8(1); 1-2: Agustini, min. 2(2); 1-3: J. Miralles, min. 5(3)