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|15||Celio (GK)||15||Popov (GK) (C)|
|1||Akopov (GK)||1||Garagulya (GK)|
|Aleksandr Sarkisyan (GEO)||Faustino Pérez (ESP)|
|Oleg Ivanov (UKR)|
MFK Dinamo survived an attempted comeback from Iberia Star Tbilisi to beat the hosts to Sunday's UEFA Futsal Cup final against Kairat Almaty.
Quickfire goals from Pula and Dieguinho put the 2007 winners in control in the first half as they bid to reach a second straight final – and a joint-record fifth overall. Pula added another early in the second half but Augusto brought a 7,200 semi-final crowd, including Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, to their feet with 12 minutes left, though Dinamo clinched it through Dieguinho and Aleksandr Fukin.
Although the home support backing the first Georgian side ever to host a UEFA final tournament were loud from well before kick-off, Dinamo began strongly and Romulo and Pula both threatened. Kumano, one of several new signings fielded by Iberia Star along with Marko Perić, Marcel Ribeiro and Kumano, forced an early save from Aleksei Popov, keeping goal for Dinamo with Gustavo suspended.
Popov was again the hero when he blocked a Ribeiro effort from close range in the 12th minute, which was to prove vital. Seconds later Dinamo won a corner, and Romulo's kick was laid back by Dieguinho for Pula to smash in.
Only 20 seconds later, with Iberia Star still regrouping, Dieguinho turned scorer, pouncing on a misplaced pass to double the Russian team's advantage. Alert goalkeeping from Celio prevented Nando from making it three and ensured the Iberia Star fans were not silent for long.
However, just two minutes into the second half it was 3-0. Popov found Fukin on the left and he played it across for Pula to produce another thumping finish. Iberia Star were struggling, yet then Augusto gave them hope as he broke, played a one-two with Fabinho, and beat Popov.
With all-time competition top scorer Lúcio as flying goalkeeper, Iberia Star suddenly had a chance. Rafa sent an enticing ball across the face of the Dinamo net and Nando, to be named Western Union man of the match, had to make an goal-saving interception. The Iberia Star goal was unguarded, and Dieguinho shot unerringly into the empty net from the Dinamo box.
It was soon all over as Tatù laid off and Fukin rounded Celio to make it 5-1. The home crowd maintained the noise until the end and had a Fabinho consolation to cheer in the last minute but Iberia Star will play only for third place against FC Barcelona on Sunday.
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