Azerbaijan`s 6-3 win over Greece was filled with stops and defensive stands that can only expected from two very tough sides. Azerbaijan began the match much quicker than Greece but the Pirate Ship admirably fought back in the third period to tie matters, but the Azerbaijani regained their top offensive form and scored two more goals that restored their early two goal lead. Azerbaijan will play France in the 13th place match on Sunday. Greece will finish the tournament taking on Poland on the 15th place match on Sunday.
Drawing first blood is a good way to start any match and against a stingy Greek defense, it was a perfect start for Azerbaijan who took the lead in the first minute. Greece shored up their back line and did not allow Azerbaijan to get very close, but they also were not able to press the attack and the period ended with Azerbaijan still up 1-0. The early scoring trend continued as the Azerbaijani scored again in the first minute, this time in the middle frame off of a defensive mistake from the Greeks. The goal put the score at 2-0 for Azerbaijan and though Greece was knocking on the door on multiple occasions, they were not able to find the goals they needed to make Azerbaijan uncomfortable. The Azerbaijan offense found themselves in many scoring chances but they were content with their two goal lead as their defense looked very solid. The buzzer sounded to signify the end of the period and Azerbaijan owned a 2-0 lead going into the last break.
Greece began the period with a fire in their eyes as they scored two rapid goals to tie things at 2. Azerbaijan could have let the goals dishearten them but they did not and they replied with another two goals to double-up the Greeks at 4-2. Orkhan then scored for Azerbaijan to push the lead to three goals but Greece had an answer with a goal from Papaefstratiou to make the score 5-3. Azerbaijan scored another late goal, this one from Sabir, to psu the score to 6-3 which is how the match would finish.
Goals: 1-0: Zeynal, min.11 (1); 2-0: Sabir, min. 11 (2); 2-1: Gritzalis, min. 11 (3); 2-2: Paris, min. 10 (3); 3-2: Amid, min. 10 (3); 4-2: Sabir, min. 8 (3); 5-2: Orkhan, min. 4 (3); 5-3; Papaefstratiou, min. 1 (3); 6-3: Sabir, min. 1 (3).
FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP 2015 - EUROPE QUALIFIER JESOLO-ITALY
09:00 - France 5-4 Poland - Playoff for 13th Place
10:15 - Azerbaijan 6-3 Greece - Playoff for 13th Place
11:30 - Turkey vs. Estonia - Playoff for 9th Place
12:45 - Germany vs. England - Playoff for 9th Place
14:00 - Hungary vs Belarus - Playoff for 5th Place
15:15 - Ukraine vs Romania - Playoff for 5th Place
16:30 - Switzerland vs Spain - Semifinal
17:45 - Russia vs Italy - Semifinal
09:00 - Poland vs. Greece - Playoff for 15th Place
10:15 - France vs. Azerbaijan - Playoff for 13th Place
11:30 - Playoff for 11th Place
12:45 - Playoff for 9th Place
14:00 - Playoff for 7th Place
15:15 - Playoff for 5th Place
16:30 - Playoff for 3rd Place
17:45 - Final