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14 Dec 2013
Nigeria take the lead
Everything can happen in the final matchday of the Copa Lagos, after the victories by the hosts and Senegal today
Senegal overpower Germany to stay alive
Senegal got even with the bad taste in their mouths after their narrow defeat yesterday against Lebanon. Germany had to pay the bill of the furious Lions of Teranga, and a new defeat today leave Böringschulte's lads with no option at all in this Copa Lagos Beach Soccer. Instead, The African kings have still chances to the gold in Lagos, although they'll need to beat Nigeria tomorrow right after an eventual German victory over Lebanon.
When Ulle opened the score and swept Germany ahead, it was difficult to imagine how the game was going to develop... But the truth is that the first German hit woke up the Lions, hungrier than ever, and four snatches changed the situation drastically before the first hooter. Schier pulled one back in a free kick by Ulle to make Germany try to stand back again, but shortly after along came Cheikh to complete his brilliant hat-trick and cut the German flies.
The score did not move again for a quite remarkable while, with Senegal in control of the game and Germany with the feeling that whatever they wanted to try was to be not enough to change the way things seemed settled to be. A latter effort by Thioune, who bended the ball past Storm for the final 6-2, confirmed so, securing the points for the African kings. Now, a victory in the last game tomorrow, against the hosts, could even mean the final glory for Diop's side. They'll need Germany's help for that, though...
Goals: 0-1: Ulle, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Cheikh, min. 5 (1); 2-1: Cheikh, min. 2 (1); 3-1: Gueye, min. 1 (1); 4-1: Koukpaki, min. 1 (1); 4-2: Schier, min. 6 (2); 5-2: Cheikh, min. 2 (2); 6-2: Thioune, min. 3 (3);
Penalty kick shootout gives Nigeria the lead
Nigeria earned today the top of the table at the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer 2013, following a penalty kick win over surprising Lebanon. The Green Eagles had to fiercely combat the Lebanese resistance, and could have even lost the game if one of the chances by Moghaddam's side after the 6-6 had found Isa's nets.
With a 4-1 run in the first period, with three goals by Ibenegbu and a fourth one by Emmanuel only contested by Fattal, it seemed that the Eagles were smoothly gliding to their second win in the tournament, but things got quite more difficult than expected. A laudable reaction by the Asians in the second period, lead by Fattal and Merhi, got to the 4-4, and only Emeka's hit let Adamu's side get to the break with the score on their side.
A new hit by Tale seemed to finally settle the win for Nigeria, but Lebanon had not had their last say, and Merhi and Sleiman equalized the score once again, sending the game to extra time. Three minutes were not enough to discern the winner, and the match headed to the penalty kick shootout.
The hosts proved more accurate from the 9-meter distance, sending all their attempts in, whereas Lebanon could not parallel their opponent's registers. The last attempt, by Abdullah, went wide, and the two points flew to the hands of Nigeria, who will fight Senegal tomorrow for their third Copa Lagos.
Goals: 1-0: Ibenegbu, min. 11 (1); 2-0: Ibenegbu, min. 6 (1); 3-0: Ibenegbu, min. 5 (1); 3-1: Fattal, min. 2 (1); 4-1: Emmanuel, min. 1 (1); 4-2: Merhi min. 8 (2); 4-3: Fattal, min. 7 (2); 4-4: Fattal, min. 5 (2); 5-4: Emeka, min. 4 (2); 6-4: Tale, min. 11 (3); 6-5: Merhi, min. 9 (3); 6-6: Sleiman, min. 5 (3);
Penalty kick shootout: Ibenegbu, in; Merhi, in; Tale, in; Fattal, in; Emeka, in; A. Grada, in; Abu, in; H. Abdullah, out.
BSWW COPA LAGOS 2013
15:00 - Senegal 6-2 Germany
16:15 - Nigeria 6(4)-6(3) Lebanon
Games for tomorrow:
14:00 - Germany vs. Lebanon
15:30 - Celebrity Game
16:30 - Nigeria vs. Senegal