Silver finish for Japan as RFU win third FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup title
Moscow: A valiant Japan had to concede defeat against Russia Football Union (RFU) as the Asian champions fell 5-2 to the hosts in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 final at the Luzhniki Beach Soccer Arena on Sunday.
Japan started strongly but RFU's clinical finishing proved to be the difference as they won the title for the third time. Switzerland finished third after a thrilling 9-7 win over Senegal earlier on Sunday.
Japan's Akaguma determined to deliver in FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup final against RFU
Moscow: Following his instrumental display in Japan's 5-2 win over Senegal in the semi-final, Takuya Akaguma is firmly focused on Sunday’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 final against Russian Football Union (RFU) at the Luzhniki Beach Soccer Arena.
Akaguma netted a hat-trick against Senegal to power Japan to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup final for the first time, having never finished higher than fourth before.
The Japanese side will have another go against FRU in a rematch of their Group A encounter which the hosts had won 7-1.
Oman defeat Senegal to end FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign in style
Moscow: Oman ended their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 campaign on a winning note after a stunning 3-2 triumph against Senegal on Tuesday.
Having impressed in their earlier matches without reward, Oman were at their best in their final Group D tie against a Senegal side who had already confirmed their quarter-final spot after Matchday Two.
Tahiti next for Japan after defeat to RFU, UAE’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign ends
Moscow: Japan will face Tahiti in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 quarter-finals after falling to a 7-1 defeat to Russia Football Union on Monday, with the Asian side finishing second in Group A behind the hosts.
United Arab Emirates’ campaign, however, came to an end following their 5-3 defeat in their final Group B match at the Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium.
Defeat to Uruguay ends Oman's FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup dream
Moscow: Oman made Uruguay work hard before conceding a 4-2 defeat in Group D of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 on Sunday.
As they did in their opening match defeat to Portugal on Friday, Oman produced another valiant performance as they came from 2-0 down to draw level before Uruguay struck in the closing seconds to walk away winners at the Luzhniki Beach Soccer Stadium.
The defeat ends Oman's hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals, with the West Asian side to close their campaign against Senegal on Tuesday.
Alhammadi not surprised as UAE kick off FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in style
Moscow: A party atmosphere reigned at the Luzhniki Beach Soccer Arena in Moscow on Thursday as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 began with a heady mix of music, colour and surprises. And perhaps the biggest surprise of all was served up by the United Arab Emirates in the tournament’s opening game, as a nation that has never reached the knockout stage in six previous attempts secured a 4-3 victory against two-time runners-up Tahiti.
"We're obviously happy and proud, but I'm not overly surprised by the result," UAE forward Hasan Alhammadi told FIFA.com afterwards. "Tahiti are obviously a good team, but we have nothing to be ashamed of in comparison. Our team has quality, and we'll try to prove that for as long as we can here at this World Cup."
A quick glance at the Beach Soccer Worldwide rankings suggests a UAE win was anything but predictable, despite Alhammadi's confidence. So too the scoreline of the last World Cup meeting between the sides, a 3-2 success for Tahiti at the 2013 edition. Indeed, their Moscow reunion looked to be heading for a similar conclusion when the Tiki Toa made the more purposeful start.