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Spain roars; Italy reach Dubai

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By: Liam Close 17 Jun 2009 15:55:14

Spain roars; Italy reach Dubai

Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 Qualifier Host Spain retain the title at home in style edging Russia after a marathon of penalties. The final of the historical showdown had all the ingredients that made beach soccer the spectacular sport it has evolved in today. The two best teams of the European qualifying competition served 3000 spectators a mind-blowing show. Eight goals, extra-time fireworks, and 26! penalties to see the Spaniards crown themselves Champions of the Castellon showcase. Doubles by Castellon MVP Leonov and Shaykov, and one a piece by Antonio, Amarelle, Cristian T and Nico determined the scoreline in the regular time of play. In the penalty shoot-out, Roberto saved Shaykov's second, which put an end to one of the most intense games in the history of Beach Soccer. Former World Champion France won’t be able to play for the most wanted trophy in the world. In a game full of tension and nerves Italy clinched fifth spot and consequently the last ticket for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009. Pasquale Carotenuto guided his side with three goals for an overall of 24. “It’s always last minute. I don’t have words to explain how I feel at the moment; I’m still tense for the achievement. There’s a lot of emotion running inside me. I want to dedicate this victory and my goals to my girlfriend Teresa, to my mother Antonia, to my niece Lucia and also to all my teammates”, smiled the tournament’s top scorer after the clash. Lastly, Switzerland assured third place in Castellon after beating Portugal in a game where lack of intensity was the main characteristic. Both teams played at a very low tempo and that affected the normal pace of the two beach soccer giants. To enter the photo gallery of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 Qualifier Castellon, CLICK HERE Final standings: Champion: Spain* Runner-up: Russia* 3rd place: Switzerland* 4th place: Portugal* 5th place: Italy* 6th place: France *Qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2009 Dubai Individual awards: MVP: Ilya Leonov (RUS) Top scorer: Pasquale Carotenuto (ITA) – 24 goals Best goalkeeper: Andrey Bukhlitskiy (RUS) FIFA Fair-play: Moritz Jaeggy (SUI)


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