Russia and England to contend first-ever Women’s Superfinal 🏴 🇨🇿
The previous two winners of the European championship will face each other in the final showdown for the 2021.
Russia beat Spain with surprising ease to claim the Group 2 place in the Superfinal, while England put five past Switzerland.
Ukraine and Netherland shared a 12-goal thriller and the Portuguese hosts took their first win of their return following a five-year absence from the beach soccer scene.
ESP 0-4 RUS (Group 2)
The reigning champions had only managed third place in the Regular Stage of the 2021 Euro Beach Soccer League, but they had impressed so far in Figueira da Foz.
Spain, as the top-ranked team in the world, were now standing between Leonov’s players and a third European final in a row. The first period ended in a tense stalemate, but at the restart keeper Akylbaeva fired home, her third of the campaign, to break the deadlock.
Zubilova netted a brace in the final third, and Zaitseva also struck in a late spell of Russian dominance, handing Spain a rare loss, as well as an even rarer goalless performance.
The Russia reward for their win on Saturday? A place in the Superfinal against England, and the chance to make it three consecutive European titles.
Goals: 0-1: Akylbaeva, min. 10 (2); 0-2: Zubilova, min. 8 (3); 0-3: Zaitseva, min. 4 (3); 0-4: Zubilova, min. 1 (3);
ENG 5-2 SUI (Group 1)
An undefeated England had already despatched Portugal and Czech Republic in Group 2, but so had Switzerland, and this game would see the winner just one game away from the continental crown.
The previous winners were first off the mark just seconds into the match, when Molly Clark fired home her fifth of the campaign. Keeper Haughton sent a blistering strike across the pitch for two, and there was just time for Clark to make it three before the first break.
The 2017 Best Player in the World, Sarah Kempson, then struck a second-period brace to take their final tally to five.
The Swiss managed to break through the English backline twice through Kalin and Bachmann, but it was too little too late, and the Lionesses held on to their three-goal cushion through the third period to seal a Superfinal face-off against Russia tomorrow.
Can they reclaim the European crown?
Goals: 1-0: Clark, min. 11 (1); 2-0: Haughton, min. 4 (1); 3-0: Clark, min. 0 (1); 4-0: Kempson, min. 11 (2); 4-1: Kalin, min. 7 (2); 5-1: Kempson, min. 5 (2); 5-2: Bachmann, min. 1 (2);