Russia start strongly
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Matchday 2’s opening fixture saw Russia defeat Nigeria 8-4 in Group C under cloudy skies at the Stadio del Mare. The Europeans continued their good form after winning the Euro Beach Soccer League Superfinal last month and will be full of confidence after defeating a strong Nigeria side.

The Russians took early control of the match by making use of their quick passing skills to establish a 4-1 lead in the first period, which helped them to control the rest of the game. they made sure to control throughout the rest of the match for a solid 8-4 win.

Egor Eremeev opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock, with Yury Gorchinskiy doubling the advantage a minute later. Nigeria did pull one back through Isiaka Olawale, but then Russia’s No9 Egor Shaykov began to exert his influence by netting twice in the period, his second being a sublime volley.

Russia extended their lead to four goals in the second period, despite a mini-fightback from Nigeria who went from being 6-1 down to 6-3, thanks to two well-worked strikes from Victor Tale and Musa Najare. However, 22 second later, the four goal cushion was re-established when Ilya Leonov scored his first of the match.

Both teams added another in the final period, with Nigeria’s fourth something out of the ordinary. Russia keeper Alexander Filimonov juggled the ball to the edge of the box and tried a speculative effort, However, Ogbonnaya Okemmiri was on hand to head the ball away, but his clearance sailed the full length of the pitch over Filimonov and into the net!

With four seconds left Anton Shkarin scored from a free kick from his own side of the field to restore the four-goal cushion.