2017 FIFA Beach Soccer WC: Nigeria out, Senegal loses 1st match but progresses

Nassau, Bahamas (PANA) - Nigeria was finally knocked out of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas by Iran, as Senegal, already through to the quarter-finals as at Day 2 matches on 29 April, fell to the second spot in the final table of Group A.

In their Day 3 matches on Monday, both African teams were beaten by slim margins (penalty shootouts), but Nigeria's loss (4-4 at full time and 1-2 on penalties) in Group B meant exiting the competition with the 2 points it earned on Saturday by beating Mexico after extra time.

And in a match that didn't matter so much as both teams had already progressed to the knockout stage, Switzerland drew 6-6 with Senegal but snatched Group A leadership from Senegal after overcoming the African champions 3-1 during the shootout.

In other results on Monday, host nation Bahamas earned its first victory, a 4-1 win over Ecuador in Group A, while Italy hammered Mexico 8-1 in Group B. Bahamas, Ecuador and Mexico failed to qualify.

In the quarter-finals on 4 May, Switzerland will meet Iran while Italy takes on Senegal.

Here is the final Groups A and B tables after Day 3 matches:

Group A
Pos Team          Pts
1      Switzerland  7
2      Senegal       6
3      Bahamas   3
4      Ecuador   0

Note - Switzerland, Senegal qualify for quarter-finals. Bahamas and Ecuador knocked out.

Group B
Pos Team Pts
1 Italy            9
2 Iran           4
3 Nigeria   2
4 Mexico         0

Note - Italy and Iran qualify for quarter-finals, Nigeria and Mexico knocked out.

Here are Day 3 matches in Groups C and D on Tuesday.

Group C
Paraguay vs Panama
United Arab Emirates vs Portugal

Group D
Tahiti vs Poland
Brazil vs Japan
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02 may 2017 05:43:47

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