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No big changes in the first stage of the day, but great beach soccer
This first four matches of the third and last league stage day of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier have had its highest peak in the spectacular showdown between Russia and Romania, with the latter getting the first place of group C. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, have also virtually secured their ticket after beating Kazakhstan 9-2.
Moldova find themselves also in the next round, after having won their eighth points with a victory over Austria that place them on top of Group G table.
Moldova gains ticket to last-16
Next round of this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier is yet a certainty for Moldova National team, after they beat Austria 1-3 in their third and last game of the league stage. Although their prior superiority, the Moldovan have found it difficult to beat the Austrian, who have fought out their last attempt to get among the best 16.
Moldova step forward on the score in the first time, thanks to a goal by Pernai, and it was not until mid second period that Austria could manage the equalizer. Gatterbauer did so, giving the game a new atmosphere. Moldova found it difficult then to harm the Austrian again, and the match sunk into uncertainty.
It was not until the last stage of the game that Moldova could field their favourite role. Cojusea scored the winner with only four minutes to go, and Coceban made it 1-3 in the last seconds, bringing peace to the whole Moldovan expedition.
Amazing match gives Romania first place
The match between Russia and Romania has been really really worth it for those who have taken their place on the stands of the Stadium on beach next to Bibione’s Piazzale Zenith. The spectacle offered by the two contenders, among the favourites for the final triumph, has been unforgettable. Every single one of the 8 goals of the fixture has been a real piece of art. Romania has been better than their opponent in terms of efficacy, and remain as the unbeaten leader of group C. Russia, notwithstanding, had already secured their slot in next round, so defeat is a lesser evil for the Russian.
Both teams knew about each other’s potential, so none of them rushed into attacking play, not willing to leave the door open. So, first half was a clash among equals, with no one hitting first. But after the first break, Raj changed things for the yellow side. Russians reacted quickly and two minutes afterwards Makarov and Shakhmelyan had turned the score upside down.
Romanian captain, Poste, achieved the equalizer for his team before the second break. Teammate Maci made it 2-4 with two incredible goals, one at the end of second time, and a new one at the second minute of the third period. Some minutes afterwards, Poste again headed a lost ball from a really far distance surprising the Russian goalkeeper. With just some seconds to go, Shishin achieved the third goal for Russia, but his celebration set clear that it was already too late.
Slovakia get first three points against Andorra
Slovakia have taken their first three points in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier against Andorra. Although the Pyrenean side have tried to be solid, the Slovaks have laid the foundations of today’s victory over in the first period, in which Sulz, Bozik and Drahos have raised the 3-0, turning the Andorran aspirations into something really uphill.
Alexis could shorten the distance a bit with a goal when the second period was heading for its end, but Bozik restored the e-goal gap among both teams in mid third time. This match has become the end of the way for both squads, since the first two positions of this group C are to be disputed among powerful Romania and Russia.
Kazakhstan not able to disarm Azeri powder
The Azeri have not missed their chance to get the three points in an expectable victory over Kazakhstan, who nevertheless left some moments to remember, showing that they are enthusiastic to go on with their growth. The way is over for them, but the Kazakh promise to come back in more strength next time.
Azerbaijan quickly stepped forward, thanks to bomber Guliev, who found the way to the Kazakhs net yet in the first minute of the game. This was to be the first hit of a great performance by the Azeri’s number two, who would even achieve a hat-trick in this first 12 minutes. Huseynov would also contribute, scoring the third one for the white side. Altogether, 4-0 at the first horn.
But second stage was rather different, mainly because Novikov’s performance in the Kazakh’s goal. His great saves gave way for his teammates to head for the other end, achieving to shorten the distance up to 4-2, after two great goals by Abradassilov and Yala. Guliev thought then that it was the time for him to get again on work and he managed his fourth goal of the match little afterwards.
In the third period, Azerbaijan took the dominion back, and extended their advantage, letting clear than they were not willing to miss the chance of getting three points that may secure their place in the next round. Baghirov was the starring in this last time, with a particular hat-trick that, together with Huseynov’s second hit, made it 9-2 for the Azeri.