• Friday Apr 28, 2017

    Host Bahamas, Mexico fall narrowly in Beach Soccer WC openers

    Lesly St. Fleur (yellow jersey) scored the Bahamas' first-ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup goal in a loss to Switzerland on April 27, 2017, in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    NASSAU, Bahamas – The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (BSWC) opened Thursday with CONCACAF sides Mexico and tournament host Bahamas dropping narrow decisions in tightly-contested games at the National Beach Soccer Arena. 

    Here’s a recap of each match: 


    CONCACAF Summaries -- April 27, 2017 

    Group B: Iran 3, Mexico 2

    Peyman Hosseini 19'07"; Amir Akbari 28'06"; Mohammad Ahmadzadeh 30'19" / Benjamin Mosco 20'56"; Ramon Maldonado 24'21" 

    - After Iran goalkeeper Peyman Hosseini (19'07") gave Iran a 1-0 lead, Mexico responded with two straight goals through Benjamin Mosco (20'56") and Ramon Maldonado 24'21".

    - Iran’s Amir Akbari (28'06") leveled at 2-2, before Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (30'19") completed the rally.

    - In their only previous BSWC meeting, Iran beat Mexico by the same score on July 14, 2015.

    - Mexico’s all-time BSWC record dropped to 5W-2D-10L.

    - Mexico returns to action Saturday against Nigeria, which lost 12-6 to Italy. 


    Group A: Bahamas 2, Switzerland 3

    Lesly St. Fleur 0'21"; Gavin Christie 30'17" / Noel Ott 5'07"; Glenn Hodel 12'47", 26'23"

    - Lesly St. Fleur (0'21") got the host Bahamas off to a dream start, giving it a 1-0 lead with an early free-kick goal – the first for the nation in its BSWC debut.

    - Switzerland then struck for three unanswered goals to ahead 3-1.  Noel Ott (5'07") equalized, with Glenn Hodel (12'47", 26'23") netting the next two.

    - Gavin Christie (30'17") pulled the Bahamas within a goal, but Switzerland held on for the victory.

    - 3,300 fans attended the match.

    - The Bahamas will look to bounce back Saturday against Senegal, which posted a 9-0 win over Ecuador. 

    CONCACAF champion Panama will open its BSWC campaign against Group C rival and defending champion Portugal.


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