FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
Last-second Zurlo strike sends Italy to semis
28 Nov 2019
Italy came from two goals down to defeat Switzerland 5-4 and advance to the FIFA Beach World Cup Paraguay 2019 semi-finals, setting up a meeting with Russia.
Noel Ott scored two high-quality volleys for Switzerland in the first period with Josep Junior Gentilin’s low curler sandwiched in between. Swiss captain Mo Jaeggy gave his side a two-goal cushion with a one-time scissor kick.
However, the Italians did not drop their heads and scored a superb team goal finished off by Emmanuele Zurlo and Dario Ramacciotti equalised early in the third period with a low, driven strike. Zurlo gave the Azzurri the lead with a bicycle kick, however, that was quickly cancelled out as Philipp Borer scored directly from the kick-off.
It was Zurlo who got the last word, scoring with a scissor kick in the very last second to complete the comeback, and his hat-trick, and win it for Italy.
Semi-finals - 30 November
Italy - Russia (16:15 local time)