Russia confirmed their reputation as a Beach Soccer powerhouse, winning the European Cup in Moscow. Mikhail Likhachev's men beat Portugal in the final, 4-2, to claim the Grand Prize, while Switzerland defeated Italy to finish third.
The home crowd of thousands waited as Russia took on Portugal in the final. The game itself was expected to be close, with both nations two of the strongest in the sport. That's just how the contest panned out.
The Russians had disposed of Italy in the semi-finals, while their rivals from Portugal had beaten Switzerland to get to the final.
The home side opened the scoring early on thanks to Egor Shaykov. However, the Russians would have to wait until midway through the second period to double their advantage as Egor Eremeev made it 2-0.
Russia were in total control, much to the delight of local fans, who were being given a fantastic show of beach soccer by the reigning world champions. And there was yet more to cheer as Aleksey Makarov, the best player of the tournament, made it 3-0 with what was almost the final touch of the second period.
Portugal had plenty of work to do in the final period if they wanted to find their way back into the match. But the task was made all but impossible as Eremeev grabbed his second goal of the game to put the result beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The Portuguese would make the score slightly more respectable, pulling back two goals late in the game – but that couldn’t spoil the Russian celebration.