In an exhilarating display of skill and determination, three teams emerged with maximum points from two games on the third day of the 6-a-side World Cup in Essen. Hosts Germany maintained their lead in Group A with a hard-fought win over Oman, while Greece and Belgium showcased their dominance in their respective matches. Meanwhile, Moldova, Georgia, Poland, and Cyprus celebrated their triumphs, setting the stage for an action-packed tournament ahead.
The stadium in Kennedyplatz was filled to its maximum capacity as the home crowd witnessed Germany secure their second win of the tournament. The hosts faced a resilient Oman side, with both teams engaging in an intense battle. Germany initially stormed into a three-goal lead, courtesy of a brace from Zenden. However, Oman fought back valiantly, making it a nail-biting clash that eventually ended 5-3 in Germany’s favour, with Zenden completing his hat-trick to spark jubilant scenes.
Earlier in the day, Greece dominated their match against Saudi Arabia, emerging victorious with an impressive 7-1 scoreline. Despite their commanding performance, Greece still trail Belgium in Group G. The Belgian team continued their impressive start by defeating Italy 5-1, setting up a highly anticipated showdown between the top two teams on Tuesday.
Moldova kicked off their campaign with a resounding 7-1 win over Colombia, led by the prolific scorer, Stan. The victory signalled Moldova’s intentions in the tournament and showcased their potential to be a formidable force.
In another historic moment, Georgia secured their first-ever World Cup victory, defeating Ireland convincingly with a 5-1 scoreline. Meanwhile, two-time runners-up Poland narrowly edged past Slovenia 2-1, while Cyprus celebrated their narrow 1-0 triumph over Chile.
Elsewhere in the tournament, there were surprises and thrilling encounters. Budapest runners-up Kazakhstan were held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt, and Costa Rica emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over Syria in the early game. The day concluded with a tight match as a Nogueira goal propelled Portugal to a 1-0 victory over Albania, adding an emotional touch to the day’s events.
Lithuania’s players deserve special recognition for recording the biggest win of the day, routing Mauritius with a remarkable 8-0 scoreline. Their dominant performance showcased their skill and prowess on the field.
Looking ahead, day four promises to be action-packed, with matches scheduled to begin at 9 am (CET). The highlight fixtures include the clash between the United States and Argentina, as well as a highly anticipated match between World Champions Brazil and a dangerous Hungary side.
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