Life’s just a beach for Iran
Iran outplayed European champions Russia to seal a 4-2 win in the final and get their hands on the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai title.
The Asian champions and 2013 world champions held on for a convincing win against the team who had ended defending world champions Brazil’s 66-match unbeaten record in the semi-finals.
Abbas Hashempour’s men were on the front foot from the off as they raced into a 3-0 lead, Mostafa Kiani’s driven free-kick took a deflection to open the scoring.
Mohammad Masoumizadeh then stuck out a foot to redirect a stray shot into the Russian net for 2-0 and Iran were in a commanding position when reserve goalkeeper Hamid Behzadpour sent a thunderbolt past his opposite number, via the head of the Russian defender.
Artur Paporotnyi struck to reduce the deficit to 3-1, but a second own goal made it 4-1 to Iran.
Paporotnyi gave his side a glimmer of hope with five minutes to go but the Iran defence held firm for a famous victory.
In the day’s other matches, threetimes champions Brazil settled for third place with a 5-3 win over Egypt.
The USA surprised Spain with a 4-3 scoreline to finish fifth, and hosts the UAE came from behind to pip Tahiti 7-6 and finish seventh.
Kings of the sand castle: Iran.