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Spain's Torras takes Golden Boot lead

Published: Wednesday 8 February 2012, 10.57CET
Torras is the five-goal leader of the race for the adidas Golden Boot after his hat-trick in Spain's 8-3 quarter-final defeat of Romania, overtaking Vidan Bojović of eliminated Serbia.
by Paul Saffer
from Zagreb
Spain's Torras takes Golden Boot lead
Torras is in line for the adidas Golden Boot ©Action Images
 

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Published: Wednesday 8 February 2012, 10.57CET

Spain's Torras takes Golden Boot lead

Torras is the five-goal leader of the race for the adidas Golden Boot after his hat-trick in Spain's 8-3 quarter-final defeat of Romania, overtaking Vidan Bojović of eliminated Serbia.

Spain's Torras leads the race for the UEFA Futsal EURO 2012 adidas Golden Boot following the quarter-finals thanks to his hat-trick against Romania.

The 31-year-old, aiming to make it four titles in four EURO finals, already had two goals and was perhaps the player of the group stage before his treble to secure an 8-3 victory over the Romanians in Zagreb on Monday. Those strikes took his career finals tally to 11, joint fifth in the all-time standings, and the No4 will look to add more against Italy in Thursday's semi-final in the Croatian capital.

Torras is one goal ahead of Serbia's Vidan Bojović, who dropped into the Silver Boot place after being unable to increase his haul of four – all scored in the 9-8 group win against Azerbaijan – as his team were eliminated 2-1 by Russia. Konstantin Maevski did not score or make a goal in that match for the victors, who now meet Croatia, but is in the Bronze Boot position having struck three and got two assists in the group stage.

Aleksandr Fukin's equaliser for Russia against Serbia in Split makes him one of seven players on three goals and no assists. Four of those remain in the competition with two games each in prospect, as the semi-final losers go into a third-place play-off before the final on Saturday.

Leaders
1: Torras (Spain) 5 goals, 1 assist
2: Vidan Bojović* (Serbia) 4 goals, 1 assist
3: Konstantin Maevski (Russia) 3 goals, 2 assists

Players left in competition with 3 goals, 0 assists from 3 games:
Aicardo (Spain), Aleksandr Fukin (Russia), Dario Marinović (Croatia), Rafael Usín (Spain, 1 yellow card)

*team eliminated

Full statistics

Criteria
1) Higher number of assists:
• Player delivering the intentional pass, cross, header or shot leading to a goal
• Player shooting and ball rebounding from woodwork, goalkeeper or defender and entering the goal
• Player passing, shooting or crossing and leading to an own goal
• Only one assist per goal can be awarded
• No assist for player winning a penalty or free-kick
2) Higher ratio of converted double (ten-metre) penalties
3) Higher ratio of converted (six-metre) penalties
4) Higher number of goals scored in fewer matches
5) Fair play record (red, yellow cards)

Past final tournament top scorers
2010: Saad Assis (Italy), Biro Jade (Azerbaijan), Javi Rodríguez (Spain), Joel Queirós (Portugal) 5
2007: Cirilo (Russia), Daniel (Spain), Predrag Rajić (Serbia) 5
2005: Nando Grana (Italy) 6
2003: Serhiy Koridze (Ukraine) 7
2001: Serhiy Koridze (Ukraine) 7
1999: Konstantin Eremenko (Russia) 11
1996: Konstantin Eremenko (Russia) 8

Last updated: 29/11/12 9.43CET

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