Former winners Action 21 Charleroi and Elite round Group C hosts Clearex Chorzów will meet on Friday for a place in the UEFA Futsal Cup final four after claiming victories on the second day of the mini-tournament in Poland.
Chorzów hold on
In the only group with fixtures on Wednesday, Charleroi were looking to get back on track after a late own goal against MFK Marbo Beograd cost them victory in their opener. Chorzów had also drawn with Araz Naxçivan of Azerbaijan, and took on Beograd in the first game of the day in front of 1,700 fans at the Hala MORIS. Two minutes in Tomasz Lesniak gave Chorzów the lead but Bojan Pavičevič immediately equalised However, Krzysztof Marzec and Krzysztof Filipczak ensured the home side went in at half-time with a 3-1 lead, and Beograd had starting goalkeeper Zoran Rakićević given a red card early in the second period. Igor Šošo did pull one back from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining, but the Serbia side could not fashion an equaliser.
Charleroi go top
Charleroi then faced Araz and although Liliu twice gave the 2004/05 European champions the lead in the first half, Vitaliy Borisov and Rajab Faraj-Zada each claimed an equaliser. Liliu restored the Charleroi advantage two minutes after the interval, but his team-mate Zico then scored an own goal. Today, though, there was still 15 minutes left for Charleroi to recover from that blow and Andre struck on 30 and 37 minutes to give the three-time finalists a clear advantage. Rizvan Farzaliyev reduced arrears with second left, but the final word went to the man who scored in both ends against Beograd, including the costly own goal, Karim Chaibai, making it 6-4. Araz now meet Beograd in the first of the Friday games, but neither can now progress. The berth in April's final four will instead be settled by the encounter between Charleroi and Chorzów, with the Belgian champions needing only a draw due to their superior goal difference.
Dinamo face Shakhtar
Meanwhile, two groups conclude and another commences on Thursday. Group D in Budapest has already been won by Spanish champions El Pozo Murcia FS regardless of their result against home team Futsal Club Gödöllö, but in Group B two-time finalists MFK Dinamo Mosvka and last season's semi-finalists FC Shakhtar Dontesk play for first place. If Romania's CIP Deva defeat Sporting Clube de Portugal in the first game, Shakhtar will need to win by six goals, otherwise any victory would allow them to pip the Russian group hosts. Group A, the last mini-tournament to begin, opens in Verona, with holders Boomerang Interviú playing Czech side CC LKW Jistebnik and MNK Split of Croatia taking on hosts Arzignano Grifo C/5.
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