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31 Jul 2016

Spain capture Euro Beach Soccer Cup

The Spanish lifted the inaugural title after beating Switzerland in Cascais.


Spain’s women claimed the maiden Euro Beach Soccer Cup in Cascais on Sunday as they edged Switzerland 2-1 in an evenly-matched contest.

Joaquin Alonso’s side topped Group A after wins over Portugal and the Netherlands, and they led Group B winners Switzerland courtesy of Alegre’s early strike.

Meyer levelled for the runners-up but Gonzalez was the hero for Spain as she scored the winning goal - prompting jubilant Spanish scenes on the touchline at full-time.

Alegre had got the ball rolling with an expert finish from range inside the opening two minutes but the opening period proved a keenly contested affair.

The sides remained separate by Alegre’s early strike until Meyer’s low drive found its way into the bottom corner with chances coming at both ends - Maurer notably clipping the crossbar with an overhead kick.

But the sides went into a tense final period level, as Spain regained the initiative when Asensio’s persistence afforded Gonzalez a tap-in.

Switzerland rattled the Spain bar in response and asked questions of their opponents in the final stages but the Spanish were not to be denied, seeing out an impressive campaign with a title-winning victory.

It was the hosts Portugal who clinched third place courtesy of a penalty shoot-out win over England.

Mario Narciso’s side led 6-4 in the latter stages of the final period - Melissa Gomes with a treble - but Clark’s late brace took the game to extra-time, which was followed by spot kicks.

While Regina Pereira and Gomes each scored theirs, James and Kempson both struck the woodwork, ensuring Portugal a third-place finish on home sand while England were made to settle for fourth, just ahead of the Netherlands.

The Dutch finished fifth following a comprehensive 7-0 win against Greece.

Both sides finished bottom of their respective pools and were seeking to avoid finishing last, but the Dutch proved a cut above - Van der Schoor in particular in impressive form with a first-period hat-trick. 

Zech, Ten Brinke, De Bondt and Saaltink added their own contributions as Greece slipped to a third defeat of the tournament, and a sixth-placed finish.

 

Sunday’s results

Greece 0-7 Netherlands 

Spain 2-1 Switzerland

Portugal 6-6 England (2-0 on penalties)

 

Final standings

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Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Italy ITA 3 3 0 0 21 5 16 9
Fc delta copia web FCD 3 2 0 1 15 14 1 6
Turkey TUR 3 1 0 2 12 19 -7 3
Flags thumb Alliance 3 0 0 3 10 20 -10 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Russia RUS 3 3 0 0 13 5 8 9
Bsc kristall KRS 3 2 0 1 22 5 17 6
Bsc krylya sovetov KSV 3 0 1 2 7 19 -12 2
Logo city 01 copia web FCC 3 0 0 3 6 19 -13 0
Play-off for 7th Place
Turkey TUR 6 - 5 Alliance Flags thumb
Play-off for 5th Place
Turkey TUR 0 - 7 KSV Bsc krylya sovetov
Logo city 01 copia web FCC 3 - 2 Alliance Flags thumb
Bsc krylya sovetov KSV 1 - 3 FCC Logo city 01 copia web
Semi-finals
Italy ITA 6 - 7 KRS Bsc kristall
Russia RUS 7 - 6 FCD Fc delta copia web
Play-off for 3rd place
Italy ITA 5 - 3 FCD Fc delta copia web
Final
Bsc kristall KRS 6 - 7 RUS Russia
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