A 3-2 victory over Italy saw Russia become the first ever winners of a Beach Soccer Olympic Gold Medal.
Whilst a lot of you may not associate Russia with beaches and so be surprised at them being crowned Olympic Champions, it was no surprise to EBSL. Russia have won the last two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups and despite increased competition, they continue to dominate the sport.
Maybe one day in England we will become their equal at this exciting small-sided version of football, but for now we just wish to congratulate them on their latest success.
It just goes to show that if you have the correct resources and funding then it goes a long way to becoming the number one team in world.
Goals: Russia First
1-0: Shaikov, min. 6 (2);
2-0: Gorchinskiy, min. 5 (1);
3-0: Leonov, min. 8 (2);
3-1: Gori, min. 10 (3);
3-2: Frainetti, min. 6 (3).
Final Day Results
Hungary 3-2 Azerbaijan (7th Place Match)
Ukraine 3-6 Spain (5th Place Match)
Switzerland 5-6 Portugal (3rd Place Match)
Italy 2-3 Russia (Final)
Silver – Italy
Bronze – Portugal
4th Place – Switzerland