FK EP Chrudim are the second team to win through the UEFA Futsal Cup main round after finishing Group 4 with victory on a day when there were opening wins for the likes of Iberia Star Tbilisi and Marca Futsal.
While Belgium's Châtelineau Futsal had already secured first place and an elite round berth from Group 4 – which began at the weekend – second position was up for grabs. Czech competition regulars Chrudim only needed a draw against Polish hosts Akademia FC Pniewy to progress thanks to their goal difference, but in any case won 5-2, set on their way by two early Michal Mareš goals, his brother Roman striking twice late on.
Norwegian debutants Vegakameratene were already out but seemed to be heading for an impressive win against Châtelineau until Zico's goal with 35 seconds left made it 2-2. Châtelineau and Chrudim now await the 11 October elite round draw, with the games in mid-November.
While Group 4 is now over, three of the other five main round pools began. In Georgia the only side to compete in every UEFA Futsal Cup edition, Iberia Star Tbilisi, opened with a 4-0 win against FC Mapid Minsk in front of 4,200 fans − a main round record. Luiz Baptista scored twice for Iberia, who will go through tomorrow if they beat FC Geneva, held 5-5 by Slov-Matic Bratislava and only denied a surprise win by late goals from Zdenĕk Sláma and Peter Halko.
Italian champions Marca Futsal, whose compatriots ASD Città di Montesilvano C/5 will begin their title defence in the elite round, made their European debut with a 6-0 Group 5 victory against FS Ilves Tampere, Jonas Pinto and Massimo De Luca striking twice. The experienced Adriano Foglia, who joined Marca from Montesilvano after their triumph in Almaty, was particularly impressive.
Romanian hosts City'US Târgu Mureş overcame Marca's Wednesday opponents, MNK Split, 4-1 in a game that was goalless at half-time. Split had Franko Jelovčić and Tihomir Novak dismissed after the break.
KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac, staging Group 6 in Serbia, defeated Asa Ben Gurion 6-2 in their first match, though the Israeli side put in a stout performance before being overwhelmed in the second half. In what looked like a potential upset, Cypriot side AC Omonia led 2-0 and 3-2 against Uragan Ivano-Frankovsk, but the Ukrainian side came back to prevail 6-4, with two goals from Mucado and Azerbaijani international Serjão, a 2010 bronze-medallist with Araz Naxçivan.
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