The game between Venezuela and Russia mattered little in the final standings of Group C of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Ravenna/Italy 2011. However, the Russians, who had already assured their place in the knockout rounds as first-place finishers in the section, played with resolute spirit against the already eliminated South Americans and won out thanks to a fine performance from Dmitry Shishin in a 7-3 romp.
The Russians started slowly in the game and found themselves a goal down for their efforts at the end of the first period. Venezuela’s Marcos Monsalve opened the scoring after ten minutes when he nodded home expertly after a long throw up the sand from his goalkeeper.
Russia managed to find their way in the second period, though, and three goals from Shishin and another added by Anton Shkarin saw the scoreline swell to 4-2 in their favour when the whistle went.
They only added to their lead in the third period with Yury Krasheninnikov scoring twice as the final score ended a lopsided 7-3 in favour of the fancied Russians. The quarter-final stage will take place on 8 September with the victorious Russians taking on surprise North American outfit Mexico, who beat Ukraine earlier in the day in Group D.