2017 FIFA Beach Soccer WC: Senegal out; Brazil, Italy, Iran, Tahiti through to semis

Nassau, Bahamas (PANA) - African champions Senegal on Thursday crashed out of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Nassau, Bahamas, losing 5-1 to Italy in the quarter-finals.

Brazil, Iran and Tahiti also qualified for the semi-finals.

In their quarter-final match, the Italians, powered by prolific scorer Gabriele Gori, dominated from start to finish.

Gori opened scoring in the 2nd minute from the penalty spot. He followed it up with two more goals (in the 23rd and 27th minutes). The 27th-minute strike was also from the penalty spot.

With his 11 goals from 11 attempts at goal in the group stage, it was obvious that Gori could single handedly destroy an opposing side. His team mates, Matteo Marrucci and Alessio Frainetti were credited with the 21st-minute and 25th-minute goals respectively.  

Senegal's consolation goal came from Ibrahima Balde's penalty kick in the 34th minute.

The Italians, World Cup silver medallists in 2008, bronze in 1996, and three-time fourth-place finishers in 1995, 2004 and 2015, take on Brazil in a semi-final clash on Saturday.

To go through, Brazil, the most successful nation in Beach Soccer history, defeated Portugal 4-3 in their quarter-final match on Thursday.

Brazil, 13-time overall winner - 9 times (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) between 1995 to 2004 when it was called the Beach Soccer World Championship and 4 times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) after it was renamed FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (from 2005 to date), may well be on their way to another World Cup victory.

Iran and Tahiti also qualified for the semi-finals - Tahiti dismissed Paraguay 6-4 while Iran saw Switzerland off the tournament 4-3 after extra time.

The semi-final line ups on Saturday are as follows.
Iran vs Tahiti
Italy vs Brazil
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05 may 2017 04:38:56

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