Senegal upset mighty Madagascar to seize first points
Defending champions, and the big surprise of the 2011 edition, Madagascar, squared off in the game opening Group A in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 – CAF QaulifierEl Jadida-Morocco. Senegal, who have played three world cups, and have won the continental qualifier in two occasions, made use of their experience to bend the mighty Malagasy. The solid performance by the Senegalese and the posts (Madagascar hit the bar up to four times in the game) were finally too much to fight against for Ramarolahy’s team.
Forces remained balanced during the first period, with Giovanni replying Fall’s opener. But, as second period commenced, Ngalla Sylla fired two stunning missiles home to get the Lions from Teranga ahead again…and for good. Those two strokes seemed to have an instant implication on Madagascar’s mood, helping defending champions finally finish the game in the third period.
Without leading an outstanding performance during the first two periods today, Koukpaki finally appeared in the game during the third, netting two goals that, together with Mamadou Sylla’s long-range shot, sealed the win for Diop’s lads. Cheikh widened the distance with just three minutes to go, and, despite Tiana and Fabrice pulled two goals back for Madagascar, Senegal kept the points to get ahead in group A.
Goals: 1-0: Fall, min. 8 (1); 1-1: Giovanni, min. 1 (1); 2-1: Ng. Sylla, min. 10 (2); 3-1: Ng. Sylla, min. 1 (2); 4-1: Koukpaki, min. 8 (3); 5-1: M. Sylla, min. 5 (3); 6-1: Koukpaki, min. 5 (3); 7-1: Cheikh, min. 3 (3); 7-2: Tiana, min. 1 (3); 7-3: Fabrice, min. 1 (3);