Brazil lifted their third Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Portugal in Dubai.
Gilberto Costa’s men – who join Russia as the only other nation to win the competition three times – continue to hold the upper hand over Portugal, having beaten them at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the BSWW Mundialito and in the Dubai group stage so far this year.
Goals from Bokinha and Filipe Silva did the damage in a hard fought win that extends Brazil’s winning run to almost three years with Portugal’s competition-best second-place finish unlikely to provide much consolation.
Portugal started brightly, with Mao required to be in top form to keep out the likes of Be Martins as the world champions began in strangely subdued fashion.
Having survived one near-miss with a Jordan Santos free-kick, Leo Martins sent another narrowly wide as Portugal continued to threaten, although Elinton Andrade was on hand at the other end to palm away Bruno Xavier’s strike.
There was little the Portugal stopper could do about Bokinha’s opener however, as the Brazilian collected a pass from Lucao before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.
Portugal responded positively however, Pedro Silva twice going close to an equaliser before Filipe Silva punished the missed chances by firing high into the roof of the net on the turn.
Brazil went into the final period with that two-goal advantage and were eager to take the sting out of the game inside the last 12 minutes.
Be Martins curled a shot wide for Portugal who survived a scare when Filipe Silva rattled the post shortly after as the game began to build to a climax.
Mao had to save smartly late on from Bruno Novo but the three-time winners avoided any late scares en route to another successful title defence ahead of the Copa Libertadores later this month.
Goals: 0-1: Bokinha, min. 7 (2); 0-2: Filipe Silva, min. 2 (2)
Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2017
16:15 – Mexico 0-3 Paraguay (Seventh-place play-off)
17:30 – Egypt 1-2 UAE (Fifth-place play-off)
18:45 – Russia 2-4 Iran (Third-place play-off)
20:00 – Portugal 0-2 Brazil (Final)
1st Brazil; 2nd Portugal; 3rd Iran; 4th Russia; 5th UAE; 6th Egypt; 7th Paraguay; 8th Mexico
MVP: Rodrigo (BRA)
Best Goalkeeper: Mao (BRA)
Top Scorer: Jordan Santos (POR) (Eight goals)
Ali Karim ensured the UAE measure of revenge against Egypt as his late free-kick ensured the Huawei Intercontinental Cup hosts a 2-1 win in Saturday’s fifth-place play-off.
A dramatic comeback from Egypt saw them run out 4-3 winners when the two met in the group stage but the UAE had the last laugh on the final day when Ali Karim fired in the winner a minute from time to ensure his side signed off with a win.
Moustafa Shaaban was a key man in Egypt’s group-stage victory – scoring the winning goal a minute from time – and the defender was pivotal early on again for the visitors as he cleared off the line late in a goalless opening period.
The opening stages of the second period passed without a great deal of further goalmouth action as defences remained on top and chances proved few and far between.
Eventually, with 31 seconds on the clock in the second period, Abbas Daryaei broke the deadlock for the hosts with an inch-perfect set-piece into the far corner past Sabah Abdelaziz.
Egypt got back on level terms when Shika stole in and made the most of a loose ball at the back to equalise with an exquisite lob into the far corner.
However, Ali Karim’s precise free kick with a minute left on the clock proved the key moment in a tightly contested match as the hosts ensured a creditable fifth-place finish.
Goals: 0-1: Abbas, min. 0 (2); 1-1: Shika, min. 8 (3); 1-2: Ali Karim, min. 1 (3)
Manchester United are still the kings when it comes to brand worth despite their recent dry spell in the Premier League after the club was named as the most valuable football club according to Forbes magazine.
In the recently released Forbes Fab 40 which underlines the top 40 most valuable brands in the world of sports, United were placed at the fourth spot, ahead of Barcelona in the fifth.
The Forbes Fab 40 determines the value of the top brands in sports by quantifying the amount by which the name contributes to the value of the athlete, business, event or team. Business brand values are the amount the enterprise value of the sports business exceeds the average enterprise value of comparable businesses.
United’s value was estimated at £425m while that of Barcelona was determined at £405m.
Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid were placed in the sixth spot with a brand value of £385m. No other football team featured in the top 10 brands with American football outfit Dallas Cowboys taking the top spot with a whopping value of £676million.
While United’s and Barcelona’s brand value has risen by 12.8 percent and 5.5 percent respectively over the past year, Champions League winners Real Madrid have seen their value drop by 2.1 percent.
The top 10 list was dominated by the United States with seven of its sporting brands finding a place.