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FC Barcelona made up for losing their grip on the UEFA Futsal Cup as they swept aside hosts Iberia Star Tbilisi 4-1 to secure third place.
Western Union man of the match Sergio Lozano and Aicardo gave Barcelona an early 2-0 lead, and although Fabinho pulled one back, Augusto's own goal at the start of the second half and another Lozano strike put the game beyond the Georgian champions. Nonetheless, fourth place represents a best-ever finish for the only team to enter all 12 editions of this competition and the first from their nation to host a UEFA final tournament.
Though Saad Assis was unable to play due to injury, it took Barcelona just 71 seconds to break the deadlock, Igor slipping the ball wide for Lozano to shoot in through the legs of Celio. Having seen Kairat Almaty use goalkeeper Higuita as a fifth outfield player to beat Barcelona 5-4 in Friday's semi-final, Iberia Star – without the injured Lúcio – were using Celio similarly but only in possession, which Barcelona were dominating.
Soon there was a second goal, Torras spreading the ball right for Aicardo to loft a shot from a tight angle into the roof of the net. However, Iberia Star remained positive and, in the 13th minute, Fabinho's shot from ten metres out rolled in despite Torras's attempt to block on the line.
Just 11 seconds after the interval, the lead was once again doubled as Torras played the ball inside from the left and Fabinho inadvertently put through his own net. Cristian, preferred in the Barcelona goal to Paco Sedano, was kept busy as Iberia Star pushed again, though he was fortunate when a Celio clearance deflected off Gabriel and onto the crossbar.
Moments later, Wilde picked up a loose ball and teed up Lozano for his second goal. Fuste then hit the woodwork late on after a fantastic break from the home team, whose fans in a third-place play-off record crowd of 5,340 remained vocal until the final whistle.
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