x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Russia hold on to Beach Soccer World Cup

Defending champions too good for Spain in 5-1 demolition.

Russia were way too classy for Spain in the one-sided Beach Soccer World Cup final in Tahiti on Sunday. Gregory Boissy / AFP
Russia were way too classy for Spain in the one-sided Beach Soccer World Cup final in Tahiti on Sunday. Gregory Boissy / AFP

Russia defended their beach soccer crown after beating Spain in the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup final on Sunday.

Russia won 5-1 in what was a tense but low-key affair with few goals in the opening period, followed by a high-scoring middle period middle period, which put the game out of the Spaniards’ reach.

Anton Shkarin opened the scoring for the world champions 30 seconds into the second period with a flying volley that bobbled over the line and through a group of players.

Kirill Romanov doubled the lead a few minutes later with a neat finish on a counter-attack.

The contest was virtually over midway through the second period with Yury Krasheninnikov finishing again at the end of a fast move upfield.

Spain finally got on the scoreboard after a few near-misses before the final break with a great flying volley from Llorenc.

In the end, though,it was a comfortable win for the defending champions.

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