• Saturday Apr 29, 2017

    Panama falls to Portugal in Beach Soccer WC debut

    Panama's Julio Watson (white jersey #9) battles for the ball with Be Martins of Portugal during their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup match on April 28, 2017, in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    NASSAU, Bahamas – In its first-ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (BSWC) match, Panama dropped a 7-0 decision to defending champion Portugal on Friday at the National Beach Soccer Arena.

    Here’s a recap of the match:

    2017 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP
    CONCACAF Summaries -- April 28, 2017

    Group C: Portugal 7, Panama 0
    Torres 2'50"; Leo Martins 4'06", 27'59"; Coimbra 5'18"; Jose Maria 12'14", 31'50"; Belchior 30'54"

    - Leo Martins (4'06", 27'59") and Jose Maria (12'14", 31'50") to help Portugal open defense of its BSWC title in the best possible way.
    - There were 86 total shots (Portugal 46, Panama 40) in the match, but Portugal nearly put twice as many on target as Panama (23-12).
    - Portugal defenders blocked 12 Panama attempts.
    - Panama goalkeepers Jose Victoria and Adalberto Guzman combined to make 16 saves.
    - Panama returns to action Sunday against the United Arab Emirates, which earned a 3-2 win over Paraguay.

    CONCACAF sides Mexico and the Bahamas will face Nigeria and Senegal, respectively, on Saturday.

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