2017 FIFA Beach Soccer WC: Factfiles at the end of group stage

Nassau, Bahamas (PANA) - Here are some important factfiles following the conclusion of the group stage of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup being played in Bahamas.

SENEGAL - The African champions emerged the highest scoring side at the end of the group stage with 25 goals. They are made up of 21 'Open' goals and 4 set piece goals. Their tournament average is 13. Senegal is still in the competition and faces Italy in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

NIGERIA - Organizers say Nigeria is so far the best attacking team with 161 attempts at goal. This was broken down to 15 goals scored; 52 shots blocked; 23 shots saved by the opposing goalkeeper; and 71 attempts off target. Nigeria's tournament average was 138 and own goals are not included.

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The top scorer so far is GABRIELE GORI of Italy. He scored 11 goals from 11 attempts at goal in the group stage.

The best goalkeeper in the group stage was ELINTON ANDRADE of Portugal. The 29-year-old Barcelona player made 37 Saves and conceded 6 goals.

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Disciplinary cards were issued as follows -
Teams
Senegal - 3 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 1 Straight Red Card.

Poland  - 10 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Mexico -  4 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Tahiti - 3 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Portugal - 3 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Nigeria - 3 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Bahamas - 3 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Brazil - 2 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Italy - 2 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Switzerland - 2 Yellow Cards - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Japan - 1 Yellow Card - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Iran - 1 Yellow Card - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Paraguay - 1 Yellow Card - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Ecuador - 1 Yellow Card - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

Panama - 0 Yellow Card - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

United Arab Emirates - 0 Yellow Card - 0 Second yellow card/expulsion - 0 Straight Red Card.

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Brazil vs Portugal tops last-eight bill. No two countries have each played more in the history of the competition than Brazil and Portugal.

The meeting between reigning champions Portugal and four-time (13 overall) winners Brazil is the pick of the quarter-finals at the tournament.

“It’s a final come early,” said Portugal’s Belchior, who, like team-mate Madjer, will need to find his very best form against an in-form Brazilian side.  

While Belchior has just two goals to his name, Madjer, the tournament’s all-time leading scorer, has none. In contrast, Brazil’s Rodrigo and Catarino have 14 between them, two more than the entire Portugal team have managed to date.

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Elsewhere, Italy and Tahiti will respectively start as narrow favourites against Senegal and Paraguay, two sides with less experience at this stage of the competition, but with nothing to lose.

Switzerland and Iran should need little motivating for their encounter, having both had to dig deep in their final group matches to qualify.

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What you need to know -
1. Thursday’s match will be the seventh meeting between Brazil and Portugal in the Beach Soccer World Cup, making it the most common pairing in the tournament’s history. With the exception of the inaugural world finals, when they lost on penalties, the Brazilians have always come out on top against the Portuguese. The two sides, which have not met since 2011, have amassed 13 top-three finishes between them at eight world finals (seven and six, respectively).

2. Fireworks in the offing: The Italy-Senegal tie promises to be an exciting one, not least because they two teams boasted the most prolific attacks in the group phase, with each scoring 25 goals. Though La Azzurra have won all their matches to date, the key to victory could yet lie in defence, with the Senegalese having conceded just seven goals so far, four fewer than the Italians.

3. Breaking new ground: Of the eight sides still in the competition, only Iran, Senegal and Paraguay have never reached the last four before. While the Iranians and Paraguayans both lost their one and only previous matches against their quarter-final opponents, the head-to-head between Senegal and Italy reads one win apiece.
-0- PANA VAO 4May2017


04 may 2017 03:49:52




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