UAE2013: Switzerland withstands Morocco for 3 points
The Swiss squad came out strong and did not want to begin like they did against Mexico yesterday.
They scored early and often, withstood a rally from Morocco, found themselves down by a goal, and then their offense opened up even more and took them to an 9-7 victory over Morocco. The loss for Morocco was a tough one as they came from behind twice, once taking the lead and in the end coming up just short.
Switzerland began their match against Mexico on day one very sluggish and today they wanted to do just the opposite. Morocco, saw themselves down goals very early after a header from the Swiss Borer and then a spectacular left-footed strike from Stankovic.
The two quick goals awakened The Lions of the Atlas and their defense began to settle in. That helped Morocco score their first goal of the day on a great counter attack halfway through the frame to get his team back within striking distance. One minute later Morocco struck again on another two rockets of shots to take the one goal lead. \
Seconds later, Morocco committed a delay of game foul and the Swiss striker, Stankovic, nailed home the direct kick to tie the match again. Switzerland was not done scoring though, and after a spectacular distribution from the Swiss keeper, Noel Ott tapped in an easy goal to put his side back up by one. The period ended with a score of Morocco 3-4 Switzerland.
If there was any disappointment after giving up four goals in the first period, Morocco did not show it as the second frame began. Morocco took the kick-off and thumped a shot towards goal and had two more quick opportunities, though they were unable to capitalize. Immediately following the Moroccan offensive onslaught, Stankovic scored his third goal of the match to give his Swiss side some breathing room, putting his team up by two goals.
It had been nearly a full period since the Swiss keeper conceded a goal and as if on cue, Valentin decided to get back in on the action and scored one of his own from nearly the end of the pitch. The goal put Switzerland up by three goals late in the period. Stankovic would add another goal, his fourth of the day, leaving Switzerland with a seemingly safe lead.
The final frame began just as exciting as the middle period and Morocco showed some fight as Boulakouaba scored his second of the match to bring his side back within three goals. Switzerland wanted to restore a four goal advantage and called upon their leading scorer, Stankovic, who netted his fifth goal of the game, the first player ever to score five at the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup. A minute later Morocco went on a scoring frenzy, scoring three back-to-back-to-back goals within the span of a minute to get within one goal. On a record breaking day for this tournament, most goals scored in a match, Stankovic netted his 6th goal of the match, a record in this tournament for any one player, to put his team back up by two goals.
The three points for Switzerland were very important after they only secured two points yesterday since their win came in extra time. This 9-7 victory for Switzerland was in doubt at some points but they overcame a courageous couple of comebacks from the North African side and broke records en route to the win. Morocco now has two losses in two matches but will be playing Mexico on Thursday, looking for their first points. Switzerland will use this momentum and take on the hosts, UAE on Thursday.
Goals: 0-1: Borer, min. 10 (1); 0-2: Stankovic, min. 9 (1); 1-2: Nassim, min. 5 (1); 2-2: Esaadi, min. 4 (1); 3-2: Boulakouaba, min. 4 (1); 3-3: Stankovic, min. 4 (1); 3-4: Ott, min. 1 (1); 3-5: Stankovic. min. 10 (2); 3-6: Valentin, min. 5 (2); 3-7: Stankovic, min. 1 (2); 4-7: Boulakouaba, min. 10 (3); 4-8: Stankovic, min. 9 (3); 5-8: El Hadaoui, min. 8 (3); 6-8: Esaadi, min. 7 (3); 7-8: Mahboub, min. 6 (3); 7-9: Stankovic, min. 4 (3).
SAMSUNG BEACH SOCCER INTERCONTINENTAL CUP DUBAI 2013
16:45 –Morocco 7-9 Switzerland (Group A)
18:00 – Iran vs. Brazil (Group B)
19:15 – Russia vs. Italy (Group B)
20:30 – Mexico vs. UAE (Group A)
Games for tomorrow:
Thursday 21st of November, 2013
16:45 –Iran vs. Italy (Group B)
18:00 – Morocco vs. Mexico (Group A)
19:15 – Brazil vs. Russia (Group B)
20:30 – UAE vs. Switzerland (Group A)