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Match Preview: Russia vs. Tahiti – Beach Soccer Semis

Match Preview: Russia vs. Tahiti – Beach Soccer Semis

Match Date: 27 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Papeete

 

Defending champions, Russia and rising star Tahiti are all set for a battle, which determine the side deserving of a final berth. Find out which of the two is the best world cup bets.

 

The incumbent champion

Russia started strong in the competition, beating Japan, Ivory Coast and Paraguay. The undefeated record gained them a spot in the quarterfinals. Pitted against the determined Iran, the thrilling match ended with the Russians securing a hard-fought win. Shishin, the encounter’s hero scored the last minute goal and eventually broke the 5-5 stalemate between the competing squads.

 

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Prior to winning the title last 2011, Russia’s glorious beach soccer days started in 2007 when they made it to the Group Stage. Its succeeding appearances saw them stuck in the quarterfinals, not until they bagged the crown 2 years ago.
Today, Russia try to defend its title and prepare for yet another, hero’s welcome.

 

The crowd favorite

From the Confederations Cup to World Cup Beach Soccer, Tahiti stuns the crowd with their sudden rise to stardom.

 

Tiki Toa made an impression when it outlasted United Arab Emirates and USA. However, they fell into the hands of Spain, but nonetheless, made it to the quarterfinals. Up against Argentina, the crowd favorite thrashed their South American opponents with a commanding 6-1 victory.

 

The win over Argentina etched Tahiti’s name in beach soccer history after becoming the first in its region to make a breakthrough in the semis.

 

The Verdict: Russia 5-4 Tahiti

It is hard to imagine the semis not to be a close one. With both squads showing their scoring prowess, expect the match to be a massive display of memorable goals.

 

Tahiti has the home court advantage. Russia has the championship experience. Under this circumstance, the odds readily favor Russia. The above-mentioned experience shall help the squad contain and overcome all the pressure brought by Tiki Toa.

 

 

Image Source: Globo Esporte

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