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'Special' Spain rejoice at final success

Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 1.28CET
José Venancio López, Torras, Kike and two-goal hero Sergio Lozano reflect on Spain's dramatic 3-1 extra-time final defeat of Russia, who "came very close" to denying them a fourth straight title.
by Wayne Harrison & Gonzalo Aguado
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Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 1.28CET

'Special' Spain rejoice at final success

José Venancio López, Torras, Kike and two-goal hero Sergio Lozano reflect on Spain's dramatic 3-1 extra-time final defeat of Russia, who "came very close" to denying them a fourth straight title.

José Venancio López, Spain coach
Congratulations to Russia, this was a great game. Russia maybe deserved to win but luck was on our side, especially when we scored in the last minute. I'm very proud of my team and happy that I'm their coach. The players showed they are the best because only the best can score in those final moments.

This shows we are capable of anything, in every situation, and at difficult moments
José Venancio López, Spain coach
Spain have the heart of champions. We fought until the end and the goal came in the last minute
Kike, Spain defender
They did their best. Time is the best healer and such defeats make a team stronger
Sergei Skorovich, Russia coach

Sergio Lozano has always wanted to score and has been quite impatient. We've always told him his moment would come and it did tonight. This shows we are capable of anything, in every situation, and at difficult moments. The team is special, the best, and all the senior players know to how pass knowledge onto the younger members of the squad.

It was very difficult [towards the end of regulation time] and at that moment I remembered a Spanish first division match I was involved in and losing 4-3 in the last minute. I'm very happy, of course, but I had never thought about matching Javier Lozano's record [of three EURO wins as Spain coach] − I just want to make the team better every day.

Kike, Spain defender
It was a final that had everything. It was a good game, Russia also wanted to attack, but Spain again demonstrated they have something more. Spain have the heart of champions. We fought until the end and the goal came in the last minute. Then we had an incredible extra time and won the title.

Spain never give up: we always want a little more. We always believe we can give a little more, and luckily this time we succeeded. Russia produced a great championship, a great final, but we are worthy winners. All titles are special. The first one is because you are youthful and somewhat immature, while this is also special because it's near the end of my career and I'm almost 34.

We all knew Russia were great opponents. Certainly Italy are much improved, and Croatia also had a good tournament in these perfect arenas. Today Russia demonstrated the qualities of a great team.

Torras, Spain winger and adidas Golden Boot winner
I don't know how it looked from the sidelines, but from on the pitch it was a great show. A final like this is very good for futsal and if we are champions, then even better. Either team could have won the championship. We both fought until the end and we were lucky enough to up our game when it seemed really difficult.

I want to congratulate Russia, because they also deserved this title. After the goal we conceded we didn't let our heads drop, we continued going for the match and we came back. Extra time was very good for us but they also had chances to score. We never gave up and we have another championship - I congratulate the entire team.

Physically, Russia dropped in extra time. We had no choice but to take risks, because we do not like to speculate. In extra time we were a little stronger.

Sergio Lozano, Spain double goalscorer
We went through a lot but in the end we are champions. I'm really happy because it's my first title with the national team. It was a difficult championship because we had many injuries and we had many changes. For our confidence this title is perfect.

We relied on our goalkeeper [Luis Amado] and we knew we were going to have chances. We had a little luck and in the end we scored goals. We were better, their goalie was very good. We are deserved champions. Russia have an excellent team, they are very competitive. I dedicate this to my family, who supported me from the start. To me this is a dream.

Sergei Skorovich, Russia coach
The final, between the two strongest teams in Europe, was very interesting. Spain are the best in Europe, they have the spirit of winners, but today we gave a great performance and were very close to beating them. I'm satisfied with the team. We were close to levelling [in extra time] because we used the flying goalkeeper. Indeed, we had some chances, such as when we hit the post.

I thanked all of the players. They played with their hearts and showed that Russia are equal to Spain. They did their best. Time is the best healer and such defeats make a team stronger.

Ivan Milovanov, Russia defender
I don't think Spain were better than us. We were just unlucky. Two deflections helped them to score twice. Russia played really well and even managed to keep out Spain despite being a player down for two minutes after the sending off. It was a very difficult game. Lozano, who scored two goals, was very impressive tonight, although all Spanish players are really good.

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