The Portuguese beach soccer team was defeated this Friday by Russia, by 7-3, in the semi-finals of the Intercontinental Cup, and will now compete in the third and fourth place game against Senegal.
In a match that pitted the current European and World champions, Russia made a strong entry into the game, which materialized with a goal after two minutes, through Kotenev, prompting a reaction from the Portuguese team that was not effective in finishing the offensive plays that created and saw the Russians reach the second goal, by Zemskov, still in the first period.
The start of the second period was marked by Portugal’s two goals, in the space of a minute, by André Lourenço and Léo Martins made it 2-2, but Russia not only returned to the lead with a goal by Paporotnyi, but also extended the score. advantage with two more goals by Kosharnyi and Zemskov, eased with a goal by Bernardo Lopes, reducing to 5-3.
In the last period, Portugal accused Bê Martins of the injury, which kept him from this decisive phase of the match, and Russia was once again more effective in finishing and confirmed the triumph with two more goals, by Kosharnyi and Zemskov, the latter consummating a hat-trick, setting the final score at 7-3.
Portugal is back in action on Saturday, from 13.30 hours, to dispute the third and fourth place with Senegal, who lost to Iran (7-5), the team that will face the Russians in the final.