The Spanish beach soccer team emerged champions of the 2017 COPA Lagos Beach Soccer tournament after pipping Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles on Sunday night.
Both Spain and Nigeria went into the game undefeated after winning their two previous games, with Eagles beating Morocco and Lebanon on Friday and Saturday respectively.
In the thrilling final played at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos, the European side, who were debutants in the competition, won by six goals to five against the home team.
Having lost to Switzerland in last year’s final, it is a second defeat for the Sand Eagles in two years.
The first period ended 2-2 with Nigeria pulling off a comeback draw, while the second period saw the Sand Eagles trail 4-5 through a goal by Spanish goalkeeper Francisco Lopez close to the end of the period.
The Spaniards extended their lead to 6-4 in the third period but Abu Azeez pulled a goal back for Nigeria which was only a consolation goal as Spain held on to claim their first ever COPA Lagos title.
Earlier in the day, Arsenal beach soccer team recorded their second win of the tournament, beating Gidi Sharks 9-5 as Kebbi spanked Pepsi Football Academy 8-3.
Also, Morocco secured their first win as they edged Lebanon 2-0.
In the male celebrity game between Nigerian ex-internationals and entertainers that featured the likes of Austin Eguavon, Victor Ikpeba, Victor Agali, Sound Sultan among others, the ex-internationals won 4-2.
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