Egypt finish Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup in 6th place
Following Egypt’s 6-5 extra time win over Mexico in the consolation semi final, they came up against the hosts, UAE, who they had previously met in the group stages.
In the group game, Moustafa Shaaban inspired a dramatic comeback which culminated in a 4-3 Egypt win, which diminished all hope of the hosts progressing to the semi finals.
In uncharacteristic fashion for a beach soccer match, the first period finished 0-0 although it wasn’t because of the lack of trying as Shaaban did well to clear a shot off the line.
The second period continued to be a close and tense affair, and it took a late UAE goal by Ali to break the deadlock 24 minutes in.
As has so often been the case for Egypt this tournament, going behind only inspired the team and Moustafa Shaaban provided another moment of brilliance to equalise just four minutes after going behind.
The game seemed destined to go to extra time, however Egyptian hearts were broken with half a minute on the clock as Karim scored a winning goal for UAE to put a slight dent in an otherwise successful campaign for Egypt.
The result means that Egypt finish in 6th place, just behind UAE, which is an impressive showing for a team in their first edition of the tournament. In the rest of the tournament, Brazil were able to keep one of the few clean sheets in the touranment as they beat Portugal 2-0 to equal Russia as the most succcesful team in Intercontinental Cup history.
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