Iran has been crowned the champion of the 2019 Dubai Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup after overpowering Russia 6-3 in the final showdown.
The Iranians got off to a flying start, taking a 2-0 lead. However, the Spaniards mounted a fightback to finish the first period on level terms. Spain even added another goal, 3 minutes into the second period, to fall ahead 3-2 but their joy was short-lived as Iran made it 4-3 by the end of the second and went on to strike twice more in the 3rd to claim the title for the 3rd time to equal the record of Russia and Brazil.
The Iranians had already won the title in 2013 and 2018 and finished runners-up in 2016.
Team Iran overpowered their Emirati hosts at the semi-finals in the 2019 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup in Dubai, to book their ticket for the final bout of the event against Spain.
In the semifinals, Iran had beaten host nation, the UAE, in penalties, after a 1-all draw in regulation, to set up a final match with Spain.
In their last match before lining up against Emiratis, Iranians had handed a defeat to their Russian rivals.
Back in December 2018, a world rankings released by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) showed Iran's national beach soccer team was the second best team in the world, having moved up one position and overtaking Portugal’s place.
The Iranian team sat atop Portugal (2,450 points), Russia (2,017 points) and Italy (1,978 points). The first rank belonged to Brazil with 3,875 points.
As far as Asian teams are concerned, Iran tops the ranking with a significant difference in total points. Japan, United Arab Emirates and Oman hold Asia’s ranks of two to four with 1,083, 969 and 633 points respectively.
Iran's national team claimed the 2018 Huawei International Beach Soccer Cup, in Dubai, after defeating the former champion, Russia.