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Marinović targets Golden Boot leader Torras

Five-goal Dario Marinović of Croatia now trails Spain's Torras in the adidas Golden Boot race by just an assist after the semi-finals and told UEFA.com: "I really want that trophy."

Darko Marinović (left) is congratulated after the first of his two goals against Russia
Darko Marinović (left) is congratulated after the first of his two goals against Russia ©Sportsfile

Dario Marinović's two late goals for Croatia in Thursday's UEFA Futsal EURO 2012 semi-final with Russia may not have stopped the hosts losing 4-2 but it did put him on the shoulder of Torras in the race for the adidas Golden Boot.

Torras led the standings following the quarter-finals and remains on top with five goals despite not being involved in Spain's sole strike that eliminated Italy in Zagreb, also on Thursday. However, Marinović is now alongside him on five goals, although he sits in the Silver Boot position as Torras has an assist to his name. Both players could be in action on Saturday as Croatia meet Italy for third place before the Spain-Russia final.

"I didn't even know I was top of the scorers' list, the journalists told me that I am there with Torras," Marinović told UEFA.com. "It would be great if I could get the best scorer title. If Torras doesn't score on Saturday and I manage to score in the match for third place, that would be great. I really want that trophy. But it's not the most important thing, we have already achieved a brilliant result."

Vidan Bojović of Serbia, who went home after the quarter-finals having netted four in the 9-8 group win against Azerbaijan, is down to the Bronze Boot spot, ahead of Aicardo, who joined him on the same goal tally with Spain's strike versus Italy, thanks to an assist. Three other players who could play on Saturday at Arena Zagreb are on three goals – however one of them, Konstantin Maevski, did not feature in Russia's semi-final.

1: Torras (Spain) 5 goals, 1 assist (4 games)
2: Dario Marinović (Croatia) 5 goals, 0 assists (4 games)
3: Vidan Bojović* (Serbia) 4 goals, 1 assist (3 games)
4: Aicardo (Spain) 4 goals, 0 assists (4 games)

Players left in competition with 3 goals:
Konstantin Maevski (Russia) 2 assists (3 games)
Aleksandr Fukin (Russia) 1 assist (4 games)
Rafael Usín (Spain) 0 assists, 1 yellow card (4 games)

*team eliminated

Full statistics

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
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