Antonio’s fine form continued as his hat-trick guided Spain past England on Sunday.
Antonio registered his second hat-trick of the Sal Beach Soccer Cup on Sunday as Spain rounded off their campaign with a 5-2 victory against England.
Both sides had beaten Cape Verde but lost to Portugal and Spain effectively sealed second spot on the tournament’s third and final day, having surged into a 4-0 lead through Antonio’s treble and a Llorenc effort.
Lawson and Clarke began the fightback for England but they were punished by a clinical Spain side who sealed victory through Pablo in the final minute.
Temple almost made the most of a slip-up in the Spanish defence early on as England started well only to fall behind when Antonio registered his sixth goal of the tournament.
Antonio followed up on a Jeffrey save to open the scoring before Llorenç showed his quality to double the lead with a stunning acrobatic effort.
Jeffrey kept the scoreline to two with some smart stops before the second period and both goalkeepers were busy on the restart with Cristian and Jackson impressing after their introduction.
Jackson sent two efforts over but the substitute was twice outfoxed by Antonio when the Spaniard rolled two free-kicks home to complete a hat-trick.
Lawson gave England hope late in the second period and Clarke should have reduced the arrears on the restart when he angled just wide.
After Dona survived an overhit backpass, Pablo was unfortunate with an acrobatic strike that went wide.
While Clarke rattled a free-kick past Dona for his sixth of the tournament, he failed to replicate that with another set-piece in the final minute and England were punished when Ezequiel rounded off the scoring late on.
Goals: 1-0: Antonio, min. 6 (1); 2-0: Llorenç, min. 4 (1); 3-0: Antonio, min. 0 (2); 4-0: Antonio, min. 0 (2); 4-1: Lawson, min. 0 (2); 4-2: Clarke, min. 4 (3); 5-2: Pablo, min. 0 (3);
SAL BEACH SOCCER CUP 2016
15.00 – Portugal 3-2 (aet) Spain
16.15 – England 7-2 Cape Verde
15.00 – Portugal 5-2 England
16.15 Cape Verde 2-9 Spain
15.00 – Spain 5-2 England
16.15 – Cape Verde 1-4 Portugal
3rd place: England
4th place: Cape Verde
MVP: Be Martins (POR)
Top Scorer: Antonio (ESP)
Best Goalkeeper: Andrade (POR)
Match Report courtesy of beachsoccer.com