Eder Lima has what may be an unassailable lead in the race for the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 adidas Golden Boot after his hat-trick in Russia's 6-0 quarter-final defeat of Romania.
The forward scored two in each of Russia's group games, and his exploits on Monday took him to a finals tally of seven, already the highest total since the first 12-team tournament took place in 2010. That haul has only been bettered in a single UEFA Futsal EURO by one man, the late Russia forward Konstantin Eremenko, who managed eight in the initial 1996 event and a record 11 three years later.
Gašper Vrhovec of Slovenia remains in second place but did not add to his figures as his side were eliminated 4-0 by Spain on Tuesday. Five players are now on three goals, with third spot being shared by Italy's Fortino and Franko Jelovčić of Croatia, eliminated by the Azzurri; Portugal's Cardinal and Spain pair Aicardo and Fernandão are behind on assists.
There are eight semi-finalists on two goals, including Russia's Sergei Sergeev with three assists, one more than Sergio Lozano of Spain.
1: Eder Lima (Russia) 7 goals, 3 assists (3 games)
2: Gašper Vrhovec (Slovenia)* 4 goals, 0 assists (3 games)
3=: Fortino (Italy) 3 goals, 2 assists, 1 yellow card (3 games)
3=: Franko Jelovčić (Croatia)* 3 goals, 2 assists, 1 yellow card (3 games)
5: Cardinal (Portugal) 3 goals, 1 assist (3 games)
6=: Aicardo (Spain) 3 goals, 0 asissts (3 games)
6=: Fernandão (Spain) 3 goals, 0 assists (3 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) 5
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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