Rain wasn’t the only thing in the air during the final group stage match of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019, as the goals also poured in as Brazil finished at the top of Group D with ease.
The Nigerian Super Sand Eagles did not only crash out pointlessly, they figuratively conceded as many goals as the number of sands on the beach! In three matches, they conceded 28 goals.
Their 10-1 loss to Portugal was followed by a respectable 6-5 defeat by Oman. In their last group match played early Wednesday (Nigerian time) they were pummeled 12-2 by Brazil.
Mauricinho and Lucao put Brazil ahead before Egan-Osi Ekujumi gave the Super Sand Eagles a glimmer of hope with his tidy finish.
Rodrigo added a third with a driven left-footed finish into the far corner, but Nigeria were back to within one again when captain Azeez Abu carved out a one-on-one chance and finished confidently past Mao. However, Lucao got his second on the night with a precise volley.
Brazil pulled away completely in the third period as Rodrigo completed a hat-trick, highlighted by an impressively-high bicycle kick, while Bokinha scored a brace and Rafinha, Bruno Xavier, Catarino and Filipe all got on the scoresheet.
Brazil will face Russia in the quarter-finals after the Russians finished in second place in Group C.