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Paraguay vs. Ivory Coast

Paraguay vs. Ivory Coast

The group stage of the seventh FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is fast approaching, with the curtain raisers expected to take place on September 18 to 22. For the Group D participants, Paraguay and Ivory Coast, the tournament’s temperature will never cease to go below balmy figures as the Tahua To’ata Stadium in Papeete, Tahiti will never run short of energetic goals from both sides.
 
Paraguay players are on cloud nine after capping their South American qualifying rounds early this year with a surprising success above perennial online betting favorites, Brazil. While Argentina eventually emerged as the continental champions, Paraguay’s feat was respectable enough to send them in the finals for the very first time in the country’s history. The squad’s accelerating success in the relatively new sport started even before the year kicked off. Albirroja did absolutely magnificent in the inaugural Bolivarian Beach Games in Peru last November, sending El Salvador and Venezuela—teams considered among the strongest in the competition—to their homes wretched.
 
Unlike Paraguay, the Ivory Coast squad are not new to the beach soccer World Cup. In fact, this will be their second year to compete in the tournament, following a brief stint in 2009 in Dubai. During the most recent qualifying rounds, the side were confronted with a gigantic pressure of overthrowing strong contenders like Nigeria and Egypt. The road to the finals was definitely not a piece of cake, but the team were nevertheless able to conquer their adversaries.  First, they amassed a riveting 4-1 win over Egypt, and then followed it up with identical wins of 5-4 over Libya and Nigeria. In the semi-finals, Ivory Coast toppled Morocco and it was just one step away to the grand title if only Senegal were not outright tenacious in their campaign to win the entire tournament.
 
Prediction: Both Paraguay and Ivory Coast have shown massive improvements from their previous performances. But for this round, the latter will have the longer pole to raise their flag. It will be a very tight battle, though.
 
 

Ivory Coast | Image source: beachsoccer.com

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