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Five teams seal elite round spots

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 19.58CET
FK Nikars Riga, Iberia Star Tbilisi, KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac, MFK Dinamo Moskva and MNK Split are the first five teams to go through to the UEFA Futsal Cup elite round.
Five teams seal elite round spots
Győr won again on Thursday ©Csaba Krizsán

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Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 19.58CET

Five teams seal elite round spots

FK Nikars Riga, Iberia Star Tbilisi, KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac, MFK Dinamo Moskva and MNK Split are the first five teams to go through to the UEFA Futsal Cup elite round.

FK Nikars Riga, Iberia Star Tbilisi, KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac, MFK Dinamo Moskva and MNK Split are the first seven teams through to the elite round from the UEFA Futsal Cup main round.

Serbia's Ekonomac flexed their goalscoring muscles for a second consecutive match to consign KMF Zelezarec Skopje to an 8-1 loss and seal their own progress from Group 2 alongside Nikars; the Latvian qualifiers came from behind to defeat Vegakameratene 2-1.

Georgian outfit Iberia Star, meanwhile, qualified from Group 4 thanks to a 3-1 victory over Athina '90 Athens. Second-placed FC Litija must wait to take their place, however, after Paris Sporting Club's Betinho struck a hat-trick in the sides' compelling 3-3 draw. 

Akademia FC Pniewy's withdrawal reduced Group 5 to a three-game round robin and opened the door for Russia's Dinamo Moskva, who dispatched Lidselmash Lida 5-1. MNK Split of Croatia follow them into the elite round having beaten Lidselmash 24 hours earlier. The 2010 semi-finalists Luparense C/5 kicked off Group 1, meanwhile, seeing off FC Grand Pro Varna 2-0, before AC Omnia were held to a 3-3 draw by Slov-Matic Bratislava.

Meanwhile in Group 6, Group 6 pacesetters Győri ETO FC from Hungary overcame EID Futsal 3-0. Azerbaijani team Araz Naxçivan, 2010 bronze medallists, recovered a 3-1 deficit to beat Club Futsal Eindhoven 4-3 in the same section but their opening win against EID is subject to a disciplinary case.

The main round action continues on Friday in Groups 1 and 3, where two from FK EP Chrudim, Energy Lviv, City'US Târgu Mureş and KMF Leotar Trebinje will advance to the elite round. All 12 teams that qualify will accompany the four top seeds – holders FC Barcelona, 2010 winners SL Benfica, Murcia FS and Kairat Almaty – into the elite round draw. That phase of the competition, running from 9 to 14 October, will decide April's four finalists.

Last updated: 09/09/12 20.07CET

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