Baku, August 29, AZERTAC
Azerbaijan won a dramatic Promotion Final 4-3 on penalties against Hungary to book their place in next year’s Euro Beach Soccer League Division A.
Hungary were beaten 3-0 by their Promotion Final opponents a few weeks ago in Siofok and looked to be on course for revenge as they led 3-1 midway through the second period.
However, Abdul, Sabir and a brace from Orkhan completed a remarkable comeback only for Besenyei to take the game to extra time and penalties with two late goals.
Hungary captain Berkes was the unfortunate man to miss the crucial penalty, sending Azerbaijan into the top tier in dramatic circumstances.
In a fast-paced opening period, Besenyei and Csoszanszki scored either side of Sabir’s equaliser to send Hungary into the break ahead.
Besenyei produced a sublime flick and finished past Vagif midway through the second frame to give Hungary breathing space but Abdul closed the gap before Sabir levelled from close range two minutes into the final period.
Orkhan - another to impress for Azerbaijan in the competition - put his side in front for the first time and then produced a wonderful strike from the left wing to seemingly put the result beyond doubt.
However, the drama continued as Besenyei scored twice more as the game ultimately went to penalties, where Hikmat saw his saved by Ficsor before Elchin denied Rutai.
The crucial miss was Berkes’ however, the skipper sending his effort wayward as Hungary’s hopes of an immediate return to Division A ended.
Goals: 1-0: Besenyei, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Sabir, min. 6 (1); 2-1: Csoszanszki, min. 6 (1); 3-1: Besenyei, min. 6 (2); 3-2: Abdul, min. 11 (3); 3-3: Sabir, min. 10 (3); 3-4: Orkhan, min. 5 (3); 3-5: Orkhan, min. 1 (3); 4-5: Besenyei, min. 1 (3): 5-5: Besenyei, min. 0 (3)
Penalties: Renat (AZE) scored, Sebestyen (HUN) scored, Asif (AZE) scored, Csoszanszki (HUN) scored, Amid (AZE) scored, Szentes-Biro (HUN) scored, Hikmat (AZE) saved, Rutai (HUN) saved, Orkhan (AZE) scored, Berkes (HUN) missed