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Spain claim bronze against Portugal

Published: Saturday 8 February 2014, 19.33CET
Portugal 4-8 Spain
Spain took some consolation from the end of their nine-year reign by beating their neighbours in an entertaining third-place play-off.
by Paul Saffer
from Sportpaleis

Match statistics

Portugal
Spain

4

Goals scored

8

32

Total attempts

41

15

Attempts on target

20

9

off target

11

8

blocked

10

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

11

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

3

Fouls committed

6

6

Fouls suffered

3

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Spain

Spain

1João Benedito (GK)12Juanjo (GK) (C)
6Arnaldo Pereira (C)2Ortiz
8Pedro Cary
11:40
5Aicardo
37:21
10Ricardinho
7:10
7Pola
39:55
11João Matos14Raúl Campos
19:13
14Cristiano (GK)1Rafa (GK)
12André Sousa (GK)13Jesús Herrero (GK)
2Bruno Coelho3José Ruiz
6:06
3Leitão6Fernandão
5:46
37:47
4Pedro Costa
25:07
8Miguelín
16:43
5Joel Queirós
35:29
9Lozano
6:45
7Cardinal10Rafael Usín
17:35
9Gonçalo
29:22
11Lin
13Ricardo Fernandes

Coaches

Jorge Braz (POR)
José Venancio López (ESP)

First referee

Alessandro Malfer (ITA)

Press kits

Standings

  
Published: Saturday 8 February 2014, 19.33CET

Spain claim bronze against Portugal

Portugal 4-8 Spain
Spain took some consolation from the end of their nine-year reign by beating their neighbours in an entertaining third-place play-off.

Spain claimed UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 bronze after an entertaining play-off with neighbours Portugal.

A 4-3 extra-time defeat by Russia on Thursday had ended Spain's bid for a fifth straight title since 2005, but they took some consolation in the highest-scoring third-place match in the tournament's history, 11 different players on target in front of more than 10,000 fans.

João Benedito was in action early, denying Pola then brilliantly diving to stop Aicardo's strike. Spain's dominance continued and they soon scored three goals in the space of 59 seconds. First Fernandão broke from midfield and shot in, then José Ruiz won the ball and ran on to Miguelín's clever back-heel to strike. Next Miguelín set up Sergio Lozano to make it three, only for Ricardinho – facing Interviú Madrid club-mates Ortiz and Pola – to immediately pull one back with a shot off the legs of a Spain defender.

It was soon 3-2, Pedro Cary volleying in Leitão's corner, and Joel Queirós was only just denied by Juanjo, starting his first game of these finals despite having taken the armband from injured captain Torras. However, Miguelín doubled the lead before the interval after a fine one-two with Lozano, and Ortiz – returning from semi-final suspension – played a kick-in back for Rafa Usín to smash past Benedito. Raúl Campos rounded off the half with a superb individual goal, twisting his way in from the right.

Cristiano got his turn in the Portugal goal in the second half, and he bravely denied Campos with his face, drawing gasps from the crowd when the replay was shown. He then made a goal, Cristiano's clearance dropped by Juanjo and turned in by Pedro Costa, back from an injury which kept him out of the semi-final loss to Italy.

Gonçalo came on as flying keeper and was part of a superb passing move finished off by Joel for his 106th Portugal goal, one short of André Lima's record. However, Fernandão then slid the ball into an empty net for his fifth goal of the finals and Pola scored on the break in the dying seconds to put a seal on third place.

Last updated: 17/04/14 9.02CET

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