The 6-2 win for Azerbaijan had plenty of sides and stories to tell but the most importance was that it was a win for Azerbaijan. There was offense, defense, a comeback, and strong finish. Romania fought the entire match but their hot start, going up 1-0 while shutting down the Azerbaijani gave way to huge finish from Azerbaijan, as they clamped down and turned a middle frame tie into a big late lead. The win leaves Azerbaijan in a tie for first place in the group with England, in Division B, going into their second match on Saturday, against Moldova. Romania is not out of the running for the Promotion Final, but they will need a win against England on Saturday.
Romania was the early aggressor and the early attacks paid off with an early goal from Maci, but it was in the opening minute of the opening frame, and it was far too early to write-off the Azerbaijani. The Azerbaijan squad has gained so much top-flight experience recently, in particular, with the European Games Baku 2015, so a simple 1-0 deficit was not too much of problem to overcome. A goal each from Sabir and Ramil proved to be the opening framesí difference as the Land of Fire took a 2-1 lead into the middle frame. The second began the opposite of the opening period, where the teams took early chances and scored two quick goals. These 12 minutes began with defense and ended with a goal from the Romanians that knotted the score at 2-2 going into the final period.
Azerbaijan really turned up the heat in the last frame as they would not be deterred by the scrappy Romanian side. The Land of Fire scored twice before they even reached the midway point in the period. Romania did not have a chance to get their feet beneath them before Azerbaijan scored another two times, pushing the lead to its highest point, four goals, at 6-2. Romania had chances to attack and wanted desperately to get back into the match but they were not able to crack the Azerbaijani defense again and the match finished with a score of 6-2 for Azerbaijan.
Goals: 1-0: Maci, min. 11 (2); 1-1: Sabir, min. 7 (1); 1-2: Ramil, min. 3 (1); 2-2: Dobre, min. 1 (2); 3-2: Sabir, min. 7 (3); 4-2: Sabir, min. 7 (3);
5-2: Amid, min. 5 (3); 6-2: Ramil, min. 4 (3).
EURO BEACH SOCCER LEAGUE 2015 SIOFOK
12:15 - Czech Republic 6-9 Norway (Division B Group 2)
13:30 - England 5-3 Moldova (Division B Group 1)
14:45 - Andorra 0-5 Turkey (Division B Group 2)
16:00 - Romania 2-6 Azerbaijan (Division B Group 1)
17:15 - Spain vs Switzerland (Division A)
18:30 - Ukraine vs Hungary (Division A)
12:15 - Czech Republic vs Andorra (Division B Group 2)
13:30 - England vs Romania (Division B Group 1)
14:45 - Turkey vs Norway (Division B Group 2)
16:00 - Azerbaijan vs Moldova (Division B Group 1)
17:15 - Spain vs Ukraine (Division A)
18:30 - Switzerland vs Hungary (Division A)