Six matches were played in total as each nation played each other twice
Three of the teams taking part in the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – UAE, Senegal and Oman – convened on the sands of Dubai to play some preparation friendlies against teams they may well face in Russia later this year.
The games took place at the UAE FA Headquarters in Dubai between 21 to 26 June.
Every match was tantalizingly tight, with only one goal deciding each results and half of the matches (three of the six) going all the way to the penalty spot.
The first match saw African champions Senegal edge a 3-2 victory over Oman, who qualified for the World Cup alongside UAE and Japan from the Asian nations. Oman suffered a second norrow defeat at the hands of their hosts UAE on Day 2.
In the first of three matches that went to penalties, the Senegalese Lions took a point after a 3-3 stalemate against the UAE and the day after Oman won their first match against Senegal, beating them six goals to five.
Building on this triumph, Oman then went on to bet the Emiratis on penalties on 25 June, while UAE and Senegal played the last match, a third consecutive loss for the UAE from the penalty spot.
These matches show just how competitive these star-studded squads are, and that the preparation for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is going well…
21.06 – Oman 2-3 Senegal
22.06 – UAE 2-1 Oman
23.06 – UAE 3(3)-(4)3 Senegal
24.06 – Senegal 5-6 Oman
25.06 – UAE 2(4)-(5)2 Oman
26.06 – UAE 1(4)-(5)1 Senegal