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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
29 Apr 2017

Make or break for hopeful eight

The second set of group games commences on Saturday afternoon in Nassau.


- Senegal and Italy out to tighten their respective grips on Groups A and B

- Italy’s Gabriele Gori scored six goals against Nigeria

- Mexico take on Nigeria, with both sides needing points

 

Groups A and B at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 return to action on Saturday, as the second round of group games commences.

Section leaders Italy and Senegal are both looking to back up their emphatic wins on day one, while the four teams who are still pointless need to open their accounts fast if they are to make it to the knockout phase at Bahamas 2017.

The games

Group A: Switzerland v Ecuador (17.00)

Senegal v Bahamas (20.00)

Group B: Italy v Iran (15.30)

Mexico v Nigeria (18.30)

What you need to know

 

Senegal showed in their opening game what they are capable of, displaying plenty of firepower up front and no little talent at the back.

Proof of that came with the performance of goalkeeper Al Seyni Ndiaye, who pulled off 14 saves in keeping a clean sheet against Ecuador.

Can the Senegalese now thwart combative hosts the Bahamas and stop them from scoring too?

While Italy and Iran fight it out for the leadership of Group B, Mexico and Nigeria will face off in a duel crucial to their hopes of making the last eight.

Both sides paid dearly for their mistakes in their first outings in the competition, leaving them with no margin for error and no option but to convert the obvious talent they possess into much-needed points.

Though Gabriele Gori stole the show with his goalscoring exploits on day one, Italy can also count on the gifts of Paolo Palmacci, who helped himself to a hat-trick against Nigeria, two of his goals coming from spectacular scissor-kicks.

With Iran sure to keep a close eye on Gori, Palmacci could well be the ace up the Azzurra sleeve.

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September 06, 2018 - September 09, 2018
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Division A - Group 1
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Spain ESP 3 2 1 0 13 10 3 8
Portugal POR 3 2 0 1 19 8 11 6
Swizerland SUI 3 1 0 2 15 16 -1 3
Azerbaijan AZE 3 0 0 3 9 22 -13 0
Division A - Group 2
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Italy ITA 3 1 2 0 17 14 3 7
Russia RUS 3 2 0 1 13 7 6 6
Belarus BLR 3 0 1 2 7 8 -1 2
Ukraine UKR 3 0 0 3 6 14 -8 0
Division B - Group 1
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Germany GER 3 3 0 0 16 4 12 9
Kazakhstan KAZ 3 2 0 1 12 8 4 6
Hungary HUN 3 1 0 2 9 15 -6 3
Moldova MOL 3 0 0 3 7 17 -10 0
Division B - Group 2
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Romania ROM 3 2 0 1 15 7 8 6
Bulgaria BUL 3 1 1 1 10 14 -4 4
England ENG 3 0 2 1 10 9 1 3
Norway NOR 3 0 0 3 9 14 -5 0
Div. B - Match for 7th place
Moldova MOL 4 - 4 (1 - 3) (PSO) NOR Norway
Play-off for 7th Place
Azerbaijan AZE 1 - 5 UKR Ukraine
Div. B - Match for 5th place
Hungary HUN 4 - 2 ENG England
Play-off for 5th Place
Swizerland SUI 5 - 7 BLR Belarus
Div. B - Match for 3rd place
Kazakhstan KAZ 4 - 3 BUL Bulgaria
Promotion Final
Germany GER 4 - 4 (4 - 3) (PSO) ROM Romania
Play-off for 3rd place
Portugal POR 4 - 4 (3 - 2) (PSO) RUS Russia
Superfinal
Italy ITA 2 - 2 (7 - 6) (PSO) ESP Spain
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