Eder Lima's spectacular acrobatic equaliser for Russia against Portugal on Saturday not only secured a 4-4 draw that gave his side UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 Group B first place; it also took him top of the standings in the race for the adidas Golden Boot as the knockout phase begins.
In the opening 7-1 defeat of the Netherlands, Eder Lima scored two and got two assists. By striking twice again versus Portugal, he moved to the lead – by virtue of having more assists – ahead of Slovenia's Gašper Vrhovec, who scored in their 3-2 win against Italy then added the only hat-trick of the finals so far as the Slovenes lost 7-6 to Azerbaijan.
Vrhovec's team-mate Kristjan Čujec is in third place on two goals and two assists. Italy's Fortino and Croatia's Franko Jelovčić, who will face off in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, have the same tally as Čujec but are sharing fourth as both have received a yellow card.
Sergio Lozano of Spain has two goals and one assist, while team-mate Lin netted twice in their opening 3-3 draw with Croatia but missed the 8-1 defeat of the Czech Republic through injury and remains a doubt for Tuesday against Slovenia.
Also on two goals from teams in the quarter-finals are Matija Capar of Croatia, who scored late equalisers against Spain and the Czech Republic as a flying goalkeeper, Portugal pair Gonçalo and Bruno Coelho, Spain pivot Fernandão and Russia's 2007 joint-top scorer Cirilo – ruled out of the weekend game through illness but hoping to return on Monday against Romania.
1: Eder Lima (Russia) 4 goals, 2 assists (2 games)
2: Gašper Vrhovec (Slovenia) 4 goals, 0 assists (2 games)
3: Kristjan Čujec (Slovenia) 2 goals, 2 assists (2 games)
4=: Fortino (Italy) 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 yellow card (2 games)
4=: Franko Jelovčić (Croatia) 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 yellow card (2 games)
6: Sergio Lozano (Spain) 2 goals, 1 assist (2 games)
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
2012: Torras (Spain)*, Dario Marinović (Croatia)
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
*Torras won Golden Boot on assists
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