UEFA European Futsal Championship holders Spain look in good shape for next month's finals after 4-1 and 6-1 friendly wins against fellow contenders Romania.
UEFA European Futsal Championship holders Spain look in good shape for next month's finals after 4-1 and 6-1 friendly wins against fellow contenders Romania in Galicia.
While Spain are the dominant force in international futsal, Romania will be making their finals debut in Porto and this was a chance to see how far they have progressed since two 7-1 defeats by the world champions in September 2006. Spain coach José Venancio, meanwhile, had a last chance to run the rule over his players before naming his squad for Portugal.
Rafa Muñoz missed both games for Spain due to a shoulder injury, but there was a call-up for Marcelo, whose Azkar Lugo FS team-mate Ignacio Werner made his debut in the first of the matches. Daniel opened the scoring in the first game in Burela with a penalty on 13 minutes but Zoltán Mihály equalised to leave the scores at 1-1 at the break. In the final ten minutes Romania's hopes of a famous result were dashed by strikes from Borja, Andreu and Werner.
The following day in Naron, Spain had no such first-half concerns as they led 4-0 at the break through Kike, Álvaro, Andreu and Borja. Another Borja goal made it five in the 25th minute and Ortiz extended the advantage late on before George Tomescu's last-gasp consolation. Romania conclude their preparations against Belgium in Bucharest on 11/12 November before opening their Group A campaign against the Czech Republic four days later. Spain face Kazakhstan in Castro Urdiales on 9 November, eight days before beginning their title defence in Group B against Ukraine.