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Team GB through thanks to late Kempson strike

Two Kempson screamers and a Martin hat-trick sees Team GB make the final in Qatar.


From Beach Soccer Worldwide:

It was the first time that these players had faced each other on the international stage, and the stakes couldn’t have been higher, as a win today guaranteed at least a silver or gold medal.

Great Britain took some early shots but they flew high and wide while the Brazilian number six, Nayara, took the first sniff the women in yellow had, smashing home the opener from the left flank.

Adriele added another from close range a minute later and Northeast’s side were trailing by two after a matter of minutes. Then, a freekick in a seemingly harmless position was pounded into the top corner by the British captain Sarah Kempson in one of the goals of the whole tournament.

However, another incredible volleyed overhead from Dani saw Brazil restore a two-goal cushion. But one of the new recruits in the Team GB squad, ex-Tottenham player Wendy Martin, towered above the Brazil defense to nod home, making it 2-3.

Brazil lead by two again as the first whistle blew thanks to a Lorena penalty. More wayward shots flew past each goalframe, and the scoreboard remained unchanged until the third period.

A fifth came for Brazil as Jasna spun into space to convert, but a brilliant Gemma Hillier bicycle kick, and then another header from Martin, saw Team GB reduce the deficit to 4-5. Martin then put away a penalty to complete her hat-trick and draw level.

If Kempson’s first goal was impressive, the second eclipsed even that, a stunning freekick from her own area, bouncing in off the upright in the final minute.

The action didn’t stop there though, as Hannah Haughton had to save two late set pieces to keep the British ahead but the whistle finally went and the fans in the stands went wild.

Silver or gold in the bag for Team GB, while the heartbroken Brazilians will have to fight for the bronze.

Goals: 0-1: Nayara, min. 10 (1); 0-2: Adriele, min. 9 (1); 1-2: Kempson, min. 3 (1); 1-3: Dani, min. 3 (1); 2-3: Martin, min. 2 (1); 2-4: Lorena, min. 0 (1); 2-5: Jasna, min. 10 (3); 3-5: Hillier, min. 8 (3); 4-5: Martin, min. 7 (3); 6-5: Kempson, min. 0 (3);

ANOC WORLD BEACH GAMES QATAR 2019

11.10.2019 15:00 – Paraguay 4-5 Great Britain (Women – Group B) 15:00 – Russia 3-1 USA (Women – Group B) 16:30 – Solomon Islands 5-8 Italy (Group B) 16:30 – Spain 9-3 Mexico (Group B) 18:00 – Mexico 1-9 Spain (Women – Group A) 18:00 – Brazil 7-2 Cape Verde (Women – Group A) 19:30 – Ukraine 4-5 Iran (Group C) 19:30 – Paraguay 0-3 Senegal (Group C) 21:00 – El Salvador 2-4 Russia (Group D) 21:00 – Japan 7-2 Uruguay (Group D) 22:30 – Morocco 1-9 Brazil (Group A) 22:30 – Switzerland 10-9 UAE (Group A)

12.10.2019

REST DAY FOR OPENING CEREMONY

13.10.2019 15:00 – Spain 10-2 Cape Verde (Women – Group A) 15:00 – Brazil 4(4)-(3)4 Mexico (Women – Group A) 16:30 – Brazil 7-5 UAE (Group A) 16:30 – Switzerland 7-3 Morocco (Group A) 18:00 – Great Britain 5-2 USA (Women – Group B) 18:00 – Russia 5-3 Paraguay (Women – Group B) 19:30 – Russia 5-3 Uruguay (Group D) 19:30 – Japan 4-2 El Salvador (Group D) 21:00 – Iran 8(3)-(1)8 Senegal (Group C) 21:00 – Paraguay 5-4 Ukraine (Group C) 22:30 – Italy 5-3 Mexico (Group B) 22:30 – Spain 8-5 Solomon Islands (Group B)

14.10.2019 15:00 – Great Britain 4-1 Russia (Women – Group B) 15:00 – USA 3-2 Paraguay (Women – Group B) 16:30 – Iran 5-4 Paraguay (Group C) 16:30 – Senegal 7-5 Ukraine (Group C) 18:00 – Spain 6-3 Brazil (Women – Group A) 18:00 – Cape Verde 6-7 Mexico (Women – Group A) *AET 19:30 – Italy 5-4 Spain (Group B) 19:30 – Mexico 8-2 Solomon Islands (Group B) 21:00 – Brazil 7-4 Switzerland (Group A) 21:00 – UAE 1-4 Morocco (Group A) 22:30 – Russia 6-5 Japan (Group D) *AET 22:30 – Uruguay 2-5 El Salvador (Group D)

15.10.2019 16:00 – Great Britain 6-5 Brazil (Women Semi-finals) 17:30 – Russia v Iran (Men's Semi-finals) 19:00 – Spain v Russia (Women Semi-finals) 20:30 – Brazil v Italy (Men's Semi-finals)

16.10.2019 16:00 – Women's bronze medal 17:30 – Men's bronze medal 19:00 – Women's Gold Medal 20:30 – Men's Gold Medal

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