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02 Jul 2016
Russia-Switzerland and Spain-Italy to decide winner in Moscow
Estonia and Moldova square off for the first ticket to the Euro Beach Soccer League Promotion Final
Italy continues marching to Superfinal with solid showdown
Italy keeps playing at a great level in this 2016 season, as they showcased today against Greece. A 7-2 win has Italy at the highest part of the table in this Group 2 of the Division A pool at the Euro Beach Soccer League Moscow 2016.
An inspired performance by Gori, with four goals, was key for the transalpine side today. The talented forward perfectly new how to capitalize the Italian timely attack to do real harm on the Hellenic rear-guard.
He and his associate at the Azzurri up-front line, Palmacci, pretty much disarmed Greece in the first period, with two braces that left the score 4-0.
Greece tried to react in the beginning of the second period, but the game had already an unmistakable Azzurri colour, as Gori and Spada voiced for the 6-1 before the period was over.
The Hellenic tried again, in the last period, with similar outcome, as Italy replied to Kafantari’s hit with a new goal by, guess who, Gabriele Gori, for the 7-2.
The score would not move again after the last effort by the Viareggio striker, thus confirming a consistent win for Italy. With six points, the Azzurri get on top of the Table and see the Superfinal of Catania way closer.
Goals: 1-0: Palmacci, min. 9 (1); 2-0: Gori, min. 8 (1); 3-0: Palmacci, min. 4 (1); 4-0: Gori, min. 0 (1); 4-1: Papaefstratiou, min. 10 (2); 5-1: Gori, min. 8 (2); 6-1: Spada, min. 3 (2); 6-2: Kafantaris, min. 9 (3); 7-2: Gori, min. 7 (3)
Switzerland overcome early scare to command group
Switzerland kept the highest position in the table in group 1 (Division A) of this Euro Beach Soccer League Moscow 2016, following a hard-fought win over Poland.
The Poles made things hard for Schirinzi’s lads in the first stages of the game, even staying ahead in the score for the whole first period.
It was not until the second frame than two goals by Stankovic counteracted Krawczyk’s opener and got Switzerland in command.
Poland wanted to stay in the fight, though, and their top scorer in the competition, Daniel Krawczyk, hit back to equalise things not even one minute later.
Switzerland had decided that this second frame had to mean the turning point in the game, and they effectively made that happen. Four more goals came immediately afterwards, before Friszkemut could try to cut the Swiss flight, and Mo made things 7-3 before the end of the period.
From then on, the Alpine side sat back, controlling the game’s tempo, and not letting the Poles find any crack. Hodel, midway half third frame, added to the Swiss advantage, closing a new notable performance by Switzerland.
Goals: 0-1: Krawczyk, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Stankovic, min. 10 (2); 2-1: Stankovic, min. 9 (2); 2-2: Krawczyk, min. 9 (2); 3-2: Spacca, min. 8 (2); 4-2: Mo, min. 8 (2); 5-2: Stankovic, min. 5 (2); 6-2: Wittlin, min. 4 (2); 6-3: Friszkemut, min. 4 (2); 7-3: Mo, min. 2 (2); 8-3: Hodel, min. 6 (3);
Spain resist Belarus’ reaction and snatch three more points
The Spanish National side will stay at the top of the table in this Euro Beach Soccer League Moscow 2016 (Division A – Group 2), following a narrow win over Belarus.
One goal in the first period plus another one in the second, combined with sound defence when things got tighter, had the work done for Alonso’s lads.
Belarus was always close in the score, but they seemed unable to disarm the consistent defensive system by the Spaniards. And when they did, along came Dona to deny them once again.
Bryshtel fond the way to Dona’s back of the net, thanks to a free kick with still four minutes to go, and that seemed just what Belarus needed to finally attempt the comeback.
But their reaction seemed always under control by Spain, who resisted the final siege to grasp three more points that, besides getting them closer to Catania, will have them battling Italy for the victory in the group.
Goals: 1-0: Cintas, min. 2 (1); 2-0: Pablo, min. 3 (2); 2-1: Bryshtel, min. 4 (3);
Russia keep clean sheet in win over France
A highly-effective Russian National team secured three more points following an incontestable win over France in this second matchday of the Euro Beach Soccer League Moscow 2016.
The hosts kept the game under control at all times, almost seemingly deciding where and how to score. France were forced to fight for the whole 36 minutes without even finding their opponent’s back of the net.
The perfect functioning of the Russian machinery was too much to cope with for Les Bleus, who even had to face an inspired Ostrovskiy when the ball got near the hosts’ posts.
One goal in each period had things rolling for Likhachev’s side, who will now take on Switzerland to see who is the best in Group 1 in this Euro Beach Soccer League Moscow 2016.
1-0: Krysahnov, min. 5 (1); 2-0: Leonov, min. 3 (2); 3-0: Paporotniy,min. 4 (3)
Negara ruins Serbian expectations in the last minute
Serbia Beach Soccer National team came really close to earn their first victory in the Beach Soccer circuit, but a hat-trick by Moldovan captain Negara, including one goal in the last minute of the game, denied them that chance.
Local hero Nemanja Vucicevic (both in Serbia and in Moscow, as he played for Lokomotiv Moscow during his professional football career) was in hand to have his team flying for most of the game, with three goals that got things from 1-0 down, to 2-4 up.
Jovanovic widened the gap with four minutes to go in the second period, and that difference made everybody think that today was going to be the day that Serbia would clinch their first win at the elite beach soccer world, after joining in the last Euro Beach Soccer Cup held in Belgrade last week.
But Moldova never gave up, and began climbing back. One detail ended up being key. The goal Negara scored before the second period was over, despite leaving things still 3-5 down for his team, made the Moldovan see things in a different colour.
Moldova completed the comeback in the last frame, with Negara firing a free kick home in the last seconds to snatch the points. The win has Moldova up in the table, and will now fight Estonia tomorrow for the first ticket to the Promotion Final.
Goals: 1-0: Podlesnov, min. 8 (1); 1-1: Vucicevic, min. 3 (1); 1-2: Vucicevic, min. 2 (1); 2-2: Lascu, min. 11 (2); 2-3: Mijailovic, min. 7 (2); 2-4: Vucicevic, min. 5 (2); 2-5: Jovanoviz, min. 4 (2); 3-5: Negara, min. 0 (2); 4-5: Gojocari, min. 8 (2); 5-5: Negara, min. 7 (3); 6-5: Negara, min. 0 (3)
Estonia secures win after slow start
Estonia will have the chance to secure a ticket to Catania tomorrow against Moldova, following another wide victory today. The Sinisärgid bent Kazakhstan in the second matchday of the Euro Beach Soccer League and, with six points and a very consistent goal-average stay atop of the table in the Division B pool.
Defences prevailed during the first twelve minutes of the game, in which goal chances were scarce and goals were non-existent. But after that slow first leg, The Estonian side got in command pretty authoritatively.
Rand’s men utilised some sound attack and shut-down defence to build a 4-0 advantage in that second leg.
At that point, the match seemed over already for the Kazakhs, but things were just about to get worse. Three more hits in the opening minutes of the last frame pushed the score to 7-0 for Estonia.
The two goals Kazakhstan pulled back in the last minutes of the game were not enough to cause Estonia any harm.
Goals: 1-0: Minlibajev, min. 10 (2); 2-0: Munskid, min. 5 (2); 3-0: Lepik, min. 1 (2); 4-0: Stüf, min. 1 (2); 5-0: Lepik, min. 11 (3); 6-0: Stüf, min. 9 (3); 7-0: Stüf, min. 5 (3); 7-1: Makagon, min. 4 (3); 7-2: Chernyshov, min. 4 (3)
EURO BEACH SOCCER LEAGUE MOSCOW 2016
13.00 – Moldova 6-5 Serbia (Div B, Group 1)
14.15 – Estonia 7-2 Kazakhstan (Div B, Group 1)
15.30 – Italy 7-2 Greece (Div A, Group 2)
16.45 – Switzerland 8-3 Poland (Div A, Group 1)
18.00 – Spain 2-1 Belarus (Div A, Group 2)
19.15 – Russia 3-0 France (Div A, Group 1)
Matches for tomorrow:
13.00 – Kazakhstan v Serbia (Div B, Group 1)
14.15 – Estonia vs Moldova (Div B, Group 1)
15.30 – Belarus v Greece (Div A, Group 2)
16.45 – France v Poland (Div A, Group 1)
18.00 – Spain v Italy (Div A, Group 2)
19.15 – Russia v Switzerland (Div A, Group 1)
Pic by Mikhail Shapaev/Beach Soccer Russia