Five-a-side Soccer / Ghetton Mundial

Germany and Nigeria Tie 5 a Side

Nigeria, France, The Netherlands and Uruguay heading for knockout stage

Yasha Maknouz

The Ghetton Mundial is a week from the playoffs, with 15 teams competing in the group stage. Match day 3 featured some tight games, with two ties and three victories by just a one- or two-goal difference.

Group A saw one the best matches this year, with Germany surprising the Nigerian team with a 5-5 draw. The two stars of the match were Marquinhos from Germany and Awala Magallan from Nigeria, who scored four and five goals, respectively. USA-Nigeria and Germany-England will be the last games of this group, to be played next Thursday.

In the other game of this group, Italy was close to a victory against USA but a few minutes before the final whistle Jerome Katz and his teammates managed to score three goals and make a run for a spot in the top 8. In this group, probably the most difficult group this year, Nigeria has already qualified, with four more teams trying to reach the quarterfinals.

In Group B there were two more very intense games, with Venezuela and Eritrea drawing 3-3 and France defeating Great Britain by just one goal. A fine performance by the French team saw Yonathan Guirchonn scoring twice after a long injury. Jim Amram, Alex Assedo and Ben completed the scoring. Great Britain has little chance of qualifying for the final stage. Terry Newman and Omer Peleg will have to prepare a perfect game against Israel next Thursday.

In Group C The Netherlands won once again, this time against Italy Under-21, while Belgium is the only team still with zero points after a defeat by Bolivia. Holland and Uruguay are leading this group with six points apiece. The next round on Thursday will pit Bolivia against the Netherlands and Uruguay against Italy U-21.