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Beach Soccer World Cup Preview: Spain vs. Brazil (Semi-Finals)

Beach Soccer World Cup Preview: Spain vs. Brazil (Semi-Finals)

The finals of the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will soon come to an end, with the semi-finals now confirmed with four contenders and is already slated to take place on September 27. Old rivals and perennial online betting favorites, Spain and Brazil, will launch a faceoff in that round after emerging winners in their respective quarter-final bouts.

 

Brazil justify their reputation

After thrashing Japan in the quarter-finals, Brazil proved that they are still the biggest enemies that another national beach soccer team will ever clash against. The South American troupe are now on their seventh consecutive appearance in the semi-finals and are looking forward to obtaining a ticket to the finals anew.

 

In a staggeringly hard-fought match, Brazil and Japan were separated by just one goal. The final scores gave the former four powerful innings while the latter achieved three goals. Japan placed fourth in the 2005 edition of the tournament, which was then a new FIFA event. Including the competition’s older moniker (Beach Soccer Beach Championships), Brazil have already won a record 13 times. The country were 2011’s runners up and 2005’s third placers.

 

Spain silence skeptics

Despite the inflated doubts thrown against Spain with regard to their potential Beach Soccer World Cup fate, the Iberian players proved that they can win all their tourneys even with a relatively inexperienced ensemble. The retirement of key player Amarelle generated skepticism on Spain’s capacity to rule a beach soccer tournament over. But that waned instantly when the side held El Salvador as their captives in the quarterfinals, just one of a long string of wins they obtained throughout the stages.

 

Spain’s 2-1 win over El Salvador was a heart-stopping finish for the side. Of the three goals scored in the match, the last one was only delivered two and a half minutes before full-time. The Spanish players scored midway through the match’s first period via a header by Llorenc, but only to be equalized by El Salvadorian Walter Torres via penalty. Thanks to Antonio, Spain sealed the tourney with a positive run to the semi-finals.

 

And the winners are…

The South Americans finished their previous 36 meetings rather excellently; winning in 33 matches, drawing in one, and losing only in two—a record that seems completely superior over Spain’s. The sides have battled out in the Beach Soccer World Cup twice before, both occasions in the group phase. Brazil triumphed 4-1 in 2005 and 3-2 in 2008. This time around, the Latin American warriors would probably win the fixture again, but not without shedding plenty of sweat from a highly improved Spanish squad.

 

(Featured Image: Brazil, courtesy of fifa.com)

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