Portugal won UEFA Futsal EURO

13 February 2018

Portugal and Spain met with each other in UEFA Futsal EURO final match. Portugal which have never before won European championships, were stronger than Russia in the semi-final of the tournament (3:2). Ricardinho's team should meet with Span (the eight-time champion of Europe) in frames of the final match. In the semi-final La Furia Roja had won with difficulty over Kazakhstan.

Portugal won UEFA Futsal EURO

Having failed to define the winner in regulation and extra-time of the match against Kazakhstan (5:5), Span reached the final only after successful series penalty shootout.

These national teams have already met once in the final of the European championship in 2010 when Spain had gained convincing victory (4:2). Its second final in the history Portugal began fantastically. On the 1st minute Ricardinho took the lead, having used the mistake of r Migelin. The full back decided to go to the center but he was robbed and the rivals took the advantage.

Portugal didn't want to increase the lead and allowed the opponent to take control of a ball. Spain weren’t successful with the controlled attacks – the team obviously lacked the movement and non-standard actions. The head coach of the team José Venancio López couldn't but pay attention on this fact. He took timeout and was emotionally explaining to the players how exactly they had to work.

The Spanish expert and the team have managed to throw up fists on the last minute of the first half. Spain carried out the fast left wing attack and as a result, Lin softly passed to Tolra and he has laid a ball in a corner.

In the second half the teams became even more active and have both kicked in a framework of the gates. The number of fouls and mistakes had increased. It is strange but a lot of excellent opportunities weren’t converted. That was due to fatigue and nervousness. On the 32nd minute Spain have earned the right for a dangerous penalty. Migelin approached a ball but instead of a direct shot he sent the ball on a far goal post where Lin was all alone. The forward of Spain had jist to push the ball into the gates of Portugal.

Having missed such simple goal at the end of a match, Portugal looked confused. The Spanish team has great experience of such matches that can’t be applied to "European" Brazilians. In despair to win back the points Portugal in three minutes to the end of the match substituted the goalkeeper with the fifth field that paid off soon.

The game continued to be played into injury time and took place in rather equal manner. It seemed that it won't be possible to define the winner in two five-minutes. However in 55 seconds prior to the end of the injury time Portugal earned the right for 10-meter kick because of sixth foul of Spain. Bruno Koelyu has scored the goal! 3:2! Portugal won and for the first time in history became the champions of Europe!

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