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Brilliant Spain storm into beach soccer final

KT Report/Dubai
Filed on November 8, 2019
Action from the match between Japan and Mexico. (Supplied photo)

Spain will face Iran in Saturday's final. Iran overcame hosts UAE in sudden death (4-3) after their thrilling game ended in a 1-1 draw

Spain reached the final of the 2019 Intercontinental Cup with a 4-2 win over Russia in the first semifinal on Friday.

Spain will face Iran in Saturday's final. Iran overcame hosts UAE in sudden death (4-3) after their thrilling game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Now the UAE will take on Russia for the third place honours on Saturday.

Earlier, Egypt beat Italy 4-3 to earn the right to play in the fifth-place playoff.

The first period ended in a goalless stalemate on Friday after the frame of the goal and both keepers kept out the opposing attackers.

Taha eventually broken the deadlock in the second period from close range, but moments later Josep Jr burst into the Egyptian box to power in an equaliser. Elshahat and Mohamad restored and then doubled the lead for the North Africans with fierce strikes in the space of a minute.

Italy ramped up their attacks as the minutes ticked away, and when it was down to the final seconds, Palmacci glided into the area to poke home the Azzurri's third, taking the score to 4-3.

Eventually, they ran out of time and as a result, Italy will face Mexico in the play-off for seventh-place. Egypt, meanwhile, will play Japan for fifth.

Earlier, Japan found themselves in a scrap for finishing positions against a Mexico side who had yet to register a win in Dubai.

But Japan overcame the Mexicans 5-4 to vie for the fith place with Egypt.

SATURDAY'S MATCHES 

16:15 - Mexico v Italy (7th-place play-off)

17:30 - Japan v Egypt (5th-place play-off)

18:45 - Russia v UAE (3rd-place play-off)

20:00 - Spain v Iran (FINAL)

 


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