Spain wins 3rd Consecutive European Futsal Championship with a 4-2 victory over Portugal

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Spain: 2010 UEFA European Champions

Spain secured their third UEFA European Futsal Championship in a row, and a fifth title in seven editions, despite a late scare against Portugal in Debrecen.

Courtesy of Match report by Paul Saffer from Fönix Arena as seen on www.UEFA.com For photos of the final, match reports and great futsal videos visit the Futsal Euro site on UEFA.com. All pictures are courtesy of Carmelo Rubio- RFEF. All match results listed below.

Landmark success
The holders had netted 23 times in their four games en route to the final, including a 6-1 defeat of Portugal, and once Ortiz and captain Javi Rodríguez had scored before half-time, another success seemed a certainty. Lin increased the lead with four minutes left, but Gonçalo Alves and Joel Queirós gave Portugal hope in their maiden final until Daniel clinched victory with 22 seconds to go. Javi Rodríguez and Daniel end their competitive international careers with four European titles, a tally also achieved by Kike and goalkeeper Luis Amado.

Opportunist opener
It had taken Spain more than 14 minutes for their rhythmic passing to unlock Portugal last Sunday, by which stage Orlando Duarte’s side had scored. This time Spain made their breakthrough in opportunist fashion in the ninth minute, Ortiz intercepting a Pedro Costa pass and striking past Bébé, who has replaced João Benedito in the Portugal goal since the group phase.

Javi Rodríguez strikes
Bébé was able to parry an Álvaro drive as the holders continued to press, but was beaten again by a moment of improvisation from the Spain captain. Álvaro played the ball forward to Javi Rodríguez who, facing away from goal and with Bébé and Israel behind him, surprised them both with a back-heel that rolled in for his 99th international goal. Spain remained on top for the rest of the half and Bébé did well to deny Álvaro, Jordi Torras and Kike.

Bébé busy
Bébé was again in action after the break to keep out Torras and Daniel, while Portugal opportunities were rare, although Arnaldo fed Cardinal who forced Amado into a save. Cardinal again tested Amado but any Portuguese possession, let alone glimpses of goal, was usually fleeting.

Javi Rodriguez takes on Pedro Cary

Portugal chance
When Cardinal was robbed by Ortiz, the Spain player fed Álvaro to rattle the post, yet next it was Portugal’s turn to have a golden chance. On the touchline, Leitão’s lob surprised Amado but hit the inside of the post. Pedro Costa was first to the rebound though somehow the prone Amado clawed the shot off the line and to safety.

Late drama
Spain did not sit back despite this scare, and Kike’s volley resulted in another Bébé stop. However, the goalkeeper could not deny Lin in the 36th minute, his shot being too powerful. It seemed the match was over, yet Gonçalo produced a fine strike from wide to pull one back and then Joel scrambled in another with less than two minutes to go to set up an unexpected grandstand finish. However, with Portugal committed to attack, Daniel ended his top-level international career by confirming the victory – his 16th Futsal EURO finals goal leaving him outright second on the all-time list. Javi Rodríguez and Joel’s strikes were their fifth of the finals, meaning they share the adidas Golden Boot with Italy’s Saad Assis and Azerbaijan’s Biro Jade as joint top scorers.

*The final crowd of 4,845 means that the aggregate attendance of 58,851 is a new record for a UEFA European Futsal Championship.

Spain captain Javi Rodríguez and Portugal’s Joel Queirós both struck in the final to share the adidas Golden Boot award for the top scorer with Azerbaijan’s Biro Jade and Saad Assis of Italy on five goals. The adidas Golden Boot is the official award for the leading marksman of the UEFA European Futsal Championship.

Prize shared
Since Assis’s side were eliminated in the quarter-finals and Biro Jade, who netted for Azerbaijan against Portugal in the semis, missed the third-place play-off defeat by the Czech Republic through suspension, neither man appeared on the last day of the championship. That allowed 35-year-old Javi Rodríguez, one of a clutch of players on four goals before the final, to join Assis and Biro Jade in first place with a clever back-heel, his 99th international strike.

Joel honours
Later in the showpiece match, Joel also found the target to move onto five goals, although he could not prevent Spain beating Portugal 4-2. In addition, Joel’s effort made him the ten goal joint-top scorer for the tournament including qualifying, level with Italy’s Clayton Baptistella who registered four times in Hungary.

2010 UEFA European Futsal Championship top scorers
Player Team Goals
Saad Assis Italy 5
Biro Jade Azerbaijan 5
Javi Rodríguez Spain 5
Joel Queirós Portugal 5
Clayton Baptistella Italy 4
Cardinal Portugal 4
Ortiz Spain 4

RESULTS

19/1/2010
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
17.30 Hungary – Azerbaijan 1-3 (1-3)
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
19.00 Italy – Belgium 4-0 (1-0)

20/1/2010
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
18.00 Spain – Belarus 9-1 (2-1)
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
20.00 Russia – Slovenia 5-1 (3-0)

21/1/2010
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
18.00 Azerbaijan – Czech Republic 6-1 (3-0)
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
20.00 Belgium – Ukraine 2-4 (1-3)

22/1/2010
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
18.00 Slovenia – Serbia 0-2 (0-0)
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
20.00 Belarus – Portugal 5-5 (1-2)

23/1/2010
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
18.30 Ukraine – Italy 2-4 (0-1)
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
20.30 Czech Republic – Hungary 6-5 (0-2)

24/1/2010
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
18.30 Portugal – Spain 1-6 (1-2)
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
20.30 Serbia – Russia 4-3 (0-1)

Standing – Group A
1. Azerbaijan ——————2-2-0-0–9–2-6
2. Czech Republic ————–2-1-0-1–7-11-3
3. Hungary ———————2-0-0-2–6–9-0

Standing – Group B
1. Italy ———————–2-2-0-0–8–2-6
2. Ukraine ———————2-1-0-1–6–6-3
3. Belgium ———————2-0-0-2–2–7-0

Standing – Group C
1. Serbia ———————-2-2-0-0–6–3-6
2. Russia ———————-2-1-0-1–8–5-3
3. Slovenia ——————–2-0-0-2–1–7-0

Standing – Group D
1. Spain ———————–2-2-0-0-15–2-6
2. Portugal ——————–2-0-1-1–6-11-1
3. Belarus ———————2-0-1-1–6-14-1

Quarter Finals

25/1/2010
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
18.00 (2) Runner Up Group A – Winner Group B
Czech Republic – Italy 6-4 a.p (3-3;1-2)
Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
20.00 (1) Winner Group A – Runner Up Group B
Azerbaijan – Ukraine 7-5 a.p. (3-3;2-2)

26/1/2010
Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen
17.30 (4) Runner up Group C – Winner Group D
Russia – Spain 6-7 a.p. (0-0;0-0)

Hall: Papp Laszlo Arena – Budapest
19.30 (3) Winner Group C – Runner Up Group D
Serbia – Portugal 1-5 (0-1)

Semifinals

Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen

28/1/2010
17.30 (1) Winner QF1 – Winner QF3
Azerbaijan – Portugal 6-8 a.p. (3-3;2-1)

20.00 (2) Winner QF2 – Winner QF4
Czech Republic – Spain 1-8 (0-4)

Finals

Hall: Fönix Arena – Debrecen

30/1/2010

3rd/4th Place Match
18.00 Loser SF1 – Loser SF2
Azerbaijan – Czech Republic 3-5 (2-1)

1st/2nd Place Match
20.30 Winner SF1 – Winner SF2
Portugal – Spain 2-4 (0-2)

 

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