Golden Futsal Team, SC Tornado Chisinau and Montenegro Stars Budva are the final teams through from the UEFA Futsal Cup Preliminary round which concluded on Sunday.
FK Nikars Riga, AC Omonia, FK Nautara Kaunas and Erebuni Yerevan had already topped their groups to reach the Main round but three pools remained incomplete. Espoo side Golden needed only a point in their last Group D game and the Finnish hosts overcame France's Roubaix AFS 7-1, having been three up in five minutes. Their reward is a Main round Group 3 place in a mini-tournament hosted by 2005 winners Action 21 Charleroi. Helvécia Futsal London clinched second place, beating Scotland's Fair City Santos 11-2 with eight different scorers.
Moldova's Tornado only required a point against Group A hosts MFC Varna and won 4-3 thanks to Ian Iacovenco's winner not long after the Bulgarian side had wiped out a 3-1 deficit. Italy's Luparense C/5, Ukraine's FC Time and Hungarian hosts MVFC Berettyóújfalu await Tornado in what is a very tough Group 1. In the other Group A game, Gazi Üniversitesi secured Turkey's first points in the competition, beating Cork City FC 5-2.
Zelezarec miss out
Budva went into the last game in the three-team Group G knowing they could afford to lose by as many as three goals to hosts KMF Zelezarec Skopje and still finish first. In the end the side from FYR Macedonia only prevailed 3-2, coming from behind with goals by Zharko Nazkovski and Marjan Stefanovski in the space of 57 seconds late on to gain the consolation of second place ahead of Denmark's Futsal BGA in a pool where all the sides finished on three points. The Montenegrin champions now take on 2004 runners-up SL Benfica, Viten Orsha of Belarus and Slovenian Group 4 hosts KMN Puntar.
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