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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #61
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Brazil Futsal World Championship 2012

Brazil Futsal World Championship 2012

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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #63
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Italy beat Colombia to bag bronze

Italy have finished third at Thailand 2012 after a 3-0 win over Colombia in the bronze-medal match at Bangkok’s Huamark Stadium. Goals from Sergio Romano and Rodolfo Fortino (2) were enough to secure a well-deserved win for Roberto Menichelli’s side, who would undoubtedly have won by more had it not been for the heroics of Los Cafateros’ goalkeeper, Juan Lozano.

The game quickly settled into the expected pattern, with Italy dominating and Colombia relying on their now customary containing, counter-attacking tactics. The South Americans were also leaning heavily, as always, on Lozano, who made a string of fine early saves from Alex Merlim, Saad Assis and Marco Ercolessi

There were also glorious first-half chances for Italy’s Gabriel Lima and Alejandro Serna of Colombia, but both shared the same fate, with neither keeper called into action as the ball was directed wide of the target.

It wasn’t long before Lozano was back in action though, and three times in the opening seven minutes of the second half he produced truly magnificent saves to keep out goal-bound efforts from Assis, Lima and Sergio Romano.

It was clear that it was going to require something special to beat a goalkeeper in inspired form, and Romano provided that moment of magic eight minutes into the second half. Loitering midway inside the Colombia half, he met flush on the volley a chipped corner from Assis and sent the ball rocketing beyond the helpless Lozano.

Worse was to follow for Los Cafateros four minutes later when the brilliant Lozano was sent off for handling outside his area and, in doing so, denying the Italians a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Gli Azzurri took full advantage of the numerical advantage, doubling their lead a minute later when Fortino slotted home left-footed from an incisive pass by Lima, and rounding off the win in the dying seconds with another close-range finish from the same player.

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“I must congratulate Colombia because they played a great match and didn’t give us any space in which to work. The key for us was in remaining patient because the way they defend means that going for all-out for a goal would have left us very vulnerable to the counter-attack. Naturally, we are very satisfied by finishing third at this tournament. For us, it was important – and a source of great pride – that we have finished as the second-ranked European team after Spain. There are some great teams that haven’t managed to finish as highly as we have,” Roberto Menichelli, Italy coach.

“Things were pretty equal in the first half, but we paid for one lapse of concentration in the second half. After the red card for our goalkeeper, everything was easier for Italy. But I have told my players to keep their heads up because they have been great representatives of Colombian futsal. We hope to be back in four years’ time,” Arney Fonnegra, Colombia coach.


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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #64
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Brazil retain crown in dramatic final

Brazil have retained the FIFA Futsal World Cup in a thrilling final in which they came from behind to beat Spain 3-2 after extra time at Bangkok’s Huamark Indoor Stadium. A double from Neto and a stunning equalising goal from Falcao enabled the South Americans to keep hold of their trophy, with Neto’s winner coming just 19 second from the end.

Despite the excitement that ultimately unfolded, it was perhaps predictable that we did not witness an open, free-flowing and incident-packed first half, with the teams’ evident mutual respect contributing to some tense, tactical opening exchanges. Spain, though, enjoyed marginally the better of the opening period, and would have gone in front after just five minutes but for a Vinicius goal-line clearance that prevented Lozano’s low shot from finding the net.

Miguelin then forced Tiago into a a point-blank reaction save four minutes later, while Brazil’s best effort of the half came when a Rafael shot deflected off Kike and spun just over the crossbar. Naturally, being outplayed for most of the opening period called for drastic action from the Auriverde coach, Marcos Sorato, and he provided that with the introduction of the team’s aging talisman, Falcao.

Brazil were immediately lifted by the 35-year-old’s presence, and came close to taking the lead when Falcao himself sent a left-foot shot flashing wide of the far post. Seconds later, the breakthrough did arrive. It was a goal worthy of a final too, with Neto – positioned wide on the left - meeting first time a short corner and blasting an unstoppable left-foot shot low across goal and inside the far post.

Stung into action, Spain attempted to claw back the initiative, and Tiago twice had to race from his goal to save at the feet of Fernandao as pressure was applied. With ten minutes remaining, that pressure paid off as Torras pounced on a rebound to fire home after Miguelin’s initial left-foot effort had been parried brilliantly by Tiago.

Spanish tails were up again and, just 61 seconds later, they scored a second. Again, a set piece situation proved crucial, with Alemao firing in a shot from a short corner that took a slight deflection on its way to beating Tiago at his near post. Spain might have won it too when Torras rattled the face of the crossbar from a quickly-taken Kike free-kick, but that near miss was to take on added significance just a minute later.

That was when we were treated to the fairy tale goal that all Brazilian and neutral fans had wanted to see, with Falcao – taking advantage of space provided by his team moving to five outfield players – unleashing a ferocious long-range shot that was destined for the top corner from the moment it left his left boot. Juanjo didn’t even move.

Falcao's strike also ensured that the match would go to extra time, where another stunning goal - scored with just 19 seconds remaining - won the trophy for Brazil. This time, it was Neto who took the spotlight, flicking the ball over his marker’s challenge on the halfway line, racing down the win and rifling a low left-foot shot into the far corner.

It was a goal worthy of gracing any stage, and while Brazil head for home as deserved champions, both sides deserve huge credit for serving up a feast of futsal that was the best possible advert for the sport.

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“It was a great final and it showed that futsal deserves more attention. It was an attractive match and the fans were on their feet until the final moments. We had to fight until the end and even when Spain scored, but we believed in ourselves as the Argentina match was a good lesson for us. I never stopped believing in the capabilities of my players. It was a dream final,” Marcos Sorato, Brazil coach.

“Firstly, I want to congratulate Brazil. I believe though that we were the ones taking the risks and dictating the pace of the game, and I believe we deserved a different result. But that's how sport is. We had a 2-1 lead and the chance of scoring a third goal, but we didn’t take it and, next thing, they equalised. This group of players has given everything, and for that I am very thankful,” Venancio Lopez, Spain coach.


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