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The road to the futsal final

Published: Friday 27 April 2007, 10.37CET
UEFA Futsal Cup finalists Boomerang Interviú and MFK Dinamo Moskva have each played eight games between them and totalled close to 40 goals.
by Paul Saffer
from Murcia
Published: Friday 27 April 2007, 10.37CET

The road to the futsal final

UEFA Futsal Cup finalists Boomerang Interviú and MFK Dinamo Moskva have each played eight games between them and totalled close to 40 goals.

UEFA Futsal Cup finalists Boomerang Interviú and MFK Dinamo Moskva have each played four matches to reach Saturday's decider in Murcia - and between them have scored nearly 40 goals in this campaign.

Elite round
Among the top four seeds in this season's competition, Boomerang and Dinamo were excused the first two group stages, and entered in December's Elite round. Boomerang, who beat Dinamo in the 2005/06 final, began their title defence in Group A in Verona's Palazzo dello Sport and with only four minutes gone against CC LKW Jistebnik were ahead though Schumacher. Italian Edgar Bertoni and Andreu wrapped up a 3-0 defeat of the Czech side.

Boomerang through
The next day MNK Split were dispatched 6-0 with Marquinho scoring twice and Julio, Gabriel, Bertoni and Schumacher also on target. Only a draw was needed against home side Arzignano Grifo C/5, but Boomerang made certain as they won 5-2, Marquinho and Schumacher scoring within the first three minutes. Arzignano's Fernando Wilhelm and Andrea Piccinini claimed goals either side of one from Gabriel, but Joan and Marquinho made sure for Boomerang.

Dinamo relief
Dinamo brought Group B to Moscow, and showed their class in an opening 5-0 defeat of Sporting Clube de Portugal, Sirilo and Kelson scoring twice and Tatu also registering. A day later it was 9-0 against Romanian champions CIP Deva, Joan getting a hat-trick, Sirilo and Pelé two each and the scoring completed by a George Tomescu own goal and a Kelson strike. Still a point was needed against 2005/06 semi-finalists FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Pavel Kobzar, Joan, Tatu and Kelson made it 4-0 at the break. But Serhiy Sytin scored twice early in the second half for Shakhtar and after Yevgen Yunakov struck on 37 and 39 minutes, Dinamo were grateful for a 4-4 draw.

Semi-final successes
Boomerang and Dinamo avoided each other in the semi-final draw in Murcia. Dinamo were first up on Thursday against Action 21 Charleroi, and although Pula's early goal was cancelled out by Karim Chaibai before half-time, Kobzar and Kelson wrapped up a 3-1 win. Boomerang then took on compatriots and hosts ElPozo Murcia FS, but were behind on two minutes through Kike. Marquinho equalised but after a thrilling encounter Bacaro Vinicius gave Murcia the lead with around five minutes left. Boomerang pushed hard, and Schumacher equalised with two minutes to go and with literally one second remaining Daniel pounced to ensure another showdown with Dinamo.

Last updated: 27/04/07 10.42CET

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