The UAE endured a frustrating opening to their 2018 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup after late goals from Egypt inflicted a 3-1 defeat.
At Kite Beach’s new, state-of-the-art venue, Ahmed Elshahat Mohamed scooped in from kick-off to give the Africans the lead with just one second on the clock. A leveller for the hosts was to come from Ali Mohammad when he smashed home immediately after the second period commenced.
Hopes of a positive result, however, in this Group A-clash slipped away at the death. Haitham Atef Mahsoub’s angled shot and Mohamed Abdelnaby Hassan’s header handed victory to the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations’ third-placed finishers.
Meanwhile, holders Brazil stormed to a 5-2 triumph against Dubai debutants Spain.
Bruno Xavier and Datinha both got braces for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup winners.
Dominant Brazil are aiming for a third-successive success in the UAE and now boast a 64-game winning streak in all competitions.
In Group B, 2017’s defeated finalists Iran ran riot with an 8-1 thrashing of the United States.
The 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship victors scored all their goals in the first two periods.
Dmitry Shishin pounced on a goalkeeping error to hand Russia an entertaining 7-6 victory against Tahiti.
Strong reports from France have indicated that Arsene Wenger is being lined up as Gennero Gattuso’s replacement at AC Milan.
The 69-year-old, who ended his 22-year reign at Arsenal at the end of last season, is looking forward to returning to the game.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Fenerbahce were some of the clubs that Wenger was linked to earlier this year and now Milan has been added to the list.
According to France Football, Wenger has been negotiating with the Serie A side for some weeks and talks have finally reached a conclusion.
The report also states that the former Gunners boss will have additional responsibilities in the inner working of the San Siro-based club alongside sporting director Leonardo.
The best sides in the world are set to descend on Dubai from Tuesday for the eighth edition of the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup, with a new 3,500-seater state-of-the-art stadium at Kite Beach playing host.
The competition has travelled this year to one of the most well-known beaches in the city, with the magnificent Burj Al Arab providing the perfect background for such a stunning event until finals day on November 10.
Defending Dubai and 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup champions Brazil should be the class of the eight-nation field once again. As for hosts the UAE, an improvement on 2017’s fifth-placed finish would represent a strong achievement with a much-changed side.
Spain represent the only debutants, thanks to finishing runners-up in the 2018 Euro Beach Soccer League.
“We have great expectations with the new venue,” said Saeed Hareb, general secretary of the Dubai Sports Council.
“It is in an iconic beach in the city, with one of the most beautiful backgrounds, and we are sure that the fans will love it. It will become the perfect stage for such a top-class competition.”
The amusement options will not be limited to the inside of the arena. The stadium will be surrounded by a vivid Fan Zone, where a range of different activities will make for a unique experience.
The 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship winners Iran were pipped to the title in Dubai 12 months ago.
Goalkeeper Peyman Hosseini is determined to convert an intense training camp in Portugal into silverware.
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He said: “We come to Dubai with one idea in mind: winning the Cup. We have one goal and we are focused to accomplish it.
“Iran has made significant growth in the last years. Now we have a much more professional approach, on all levels.
“Of course we respect all teams above all, but we also feel that we are ready to contest against anyone.”
Entrance is free across all five days for spectators.
From Tuesday-Thursday, the countries are separated into two groups. They will then battle for final placings on Friday and Saturday.