Senegal scored a resounding victory against Ecuador in the opening match of their group stage match in this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, winning nine goals to nil. The match is a good omen as Senegal prepares for their next match against the Bahamas, who are hosting the tournament this year. Senegal is in its sixth Beach Soccer World Cup, but is still looking to make its first ever semifinal; the best finish they’ve managed is a quarterfinals match in 2007 and 2011. Ecuador will face Switzerland next as they look for their first ever goal in the Beach Soccer World Cup.
Senegal opened the game strong, first with a goal by Mamour Diagne in the fifth minute. Immediately, Hamidou Barry scored two goals in the span of less than two minutes, one in the sixth minute and one in the eighth. The slaughter continued with a 14th minute goal by Papa Ndoye, while Diagne came back with his second goal of the game in the 16th minute. Barry completed his hat trick with a goal in the 20th minute, making the score 6-0. Lansana Diassy and Ibrahima Balde got in on the action with goals in the 24th minute, and Ndoye got his second goal of the game, and the final Senegalese goal of the game, in the 33rd minute. There were 650 people in attendance at Nassau’s National Beach Soccer Arena to witness the slaughter.
In other news around the tournament, Italy defeated Nigeria 12-6 in the opening match of Group B play. Gabriele Gori was the star of the Italian faction, scoring an impressive six goals in the Thursday match. Paolo Palmacci also contributed a hat trick to the Italian effort, including two goals made by bicycle kick. Nigerian Azeez Abu did his best with a hat trick of his own, but Italy was just too overpowering.