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Russia's first taste of success

Konstantin Eremenko was the hero as Russia won the first UEFA European Futsal Championship.

Russia captured their first UEFA title when the acclaimed Konstantin Eremenko converted from the penalty spot in a shoot-out against hosts Spain to claim the first UEFA European Futsal Championship.

Locked at 1-1 at half-time, even a goal glut of four strikes in 88 seconds failed to prise these two evenly-matched rivals apart as the final ended 3-3. It took two saves from Russian goalkeeper Oleg Denissov in the shoot-out and a perfect record of four goals from four attempts by his team-mates to secure a hard-earned win.

The competition was held in the Andalusian city of Granada, and the hosts breezed into the semi-final with wins against Group A rivals Netherlands, Croatia and Yugoslavia. The Netherlands' 8-3 defeat of Croatia in their final game earned them a semi-final meeting with Russia, who had advanced through Group B undefeated against Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

In the semi-finals Spain beat Italy 3-1 while Russia defeated the Netherlands 9-6 in an open encounter. The final would prove a tighter affair, but the outcome would again be in Russia's favour.