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JESOLO 2016

ERE WE COME! Poland sprung their first surprise with a 4-3 win over recentlycrowned Euro Beach Soccer League champions Ukraine although there were to be no such shocks in store for Portugal, Switzerland or Italy, who all began their second group campaign with wins. A day later, Italy and Portugal edged closer with narrow victories against germany and France respectively, while the Swiss also battled their way to a second win by beating Azerbaijan 7-6. But Poland became the first side to reach the Bahamas as they

stunned two-time World Cup winners Russia with a 5-3 win that shocked the beach soccer community. Veteran forward Boguslaw Saganowski was a particular inspiration, playing through the pain of a shoulder injury to steer his side through. The remaining trio also booked qualification a day later, with Switzerland holding their nerve against Spain in a critical game in the context of the group. Italy and Portugal beat Hungary and


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