Spain, Women’s Euro Beach Soccer Cup defending champions, had not the debut they were expecting in this year’s edition. The Netherlands, with a splendid Grytsje Van de Berg, denied all the attempts by the Spaniards, but one, to end up prevailing in this clash opening the competition in Group A.
Van de Berg, Dutch captain, gave the match a very early start, tapping the first home just one minute into the game. That had Spain swimming against the tide since the very beginning and needing a huge effort to reach the Oranje goal.
Maria Soto finally found the equalizer for Joaquin Alonso’s side, leaving everything open for the third period. But in the final frame, Van de Berg hit again, putting Spain against the ropes once again. This time, despite they tried really hard, La Roja could not equalise, and the three points flew to Dutch hands.
Scores: Spain 1-2 Netherlands (WEBSC Group A) 0-1: Van de Berg, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Soto, min. 2 (2); 1-2: Van de Berg, min. 11 (3);