Away from the spectacle of the men’s UEFA Euro 2020, there was another continental competition taking place in Portugal today, however, this time trading grass for sand.
The European Women’s Beach Soccer League reached it’s conclusion with England recording a 3-1 victory over Spain in the final as the Lionesses secured the crown.
After a goalless opening two periods, the Lionesses put Spain to the sword in the second half of the final. Watford defender Anne Weiwald scored within seconds of the restart in the third period to get the scoring underway. The opener was soon followed by a Spain own goal before Carmen Fresneda Morga pulled a goal back. Molly Clark’s penalty sealed England’s glory late in the game.
It has been a great summer thus far for Watford defender Weiwald who recently earned promotion to the FA Women’s Championship with The Golden Girls and now she has a medal to add to her mantelpiece on what was her beach soccer debut. Lewes favourite Sarah Kempson was also a member of the England squad.
England entered the tournament as the second-best ranked team in world beach soccer. They today toppled the team at the top of the rankings and they could now move to the summit themselves.