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Eder Lima leads Vrhovec in Golden Boot race

Eder Lima's acrobatic equaliser for Russia against Portugal not only won them their group but leaves him ahead of Gašper Vrhovec on assists in the adidas Golden Boot race.

Eder Lima scored four group stage goals
Eder Lima scored four group stage goals ©Sportsfile

Eder Lima's spectacular acrobatic equaliser for Russia against Portugal on Saturday not only secured a 4-4 draw that gave his side UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 Group B first place; it also took him top of the standings in the race for the adidas Golden Boot as the knockout phase begins.

In the opening 7-1 defeat of the Netherlands, Eder Lima scored two and got two assists. By striking twice again versus Portugal, he moved to the lead – by virtue of having more assists – ahead of Slovenia's Gašper Vrhovec, who scored in their 3-2 win against Italy then added the only hat-trick of the finals so far as the Slovenes lost 7-6 to Azerbaijan.

Vrhovec's team-mate Kristjan Čujec is in third place on two goals and two assists. Italy's Fortino and Croatia's Franko Jelovčić, who will face off in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, have the same tally as Čujec but are sharing fourth as both have received a yellow card.

Sergio Lozano of Spain has two goals and one assist, while team-mate Lin netted twice in their opening 3-3 draw with Croatia but missed the 8-1 defeat of the Czech Republic through injury and remains a doubt for Tuesday against Slovenia.

Also on two goals from teams in the quarter-finals are Matija Capar of Croatia, who scored late equalisers against Spain and the Czech Republic as a flying goalkeeper, Portugal pair Gonçalo and Bruno Coelho, Spain pivot Fernandão and Russia's 2007 joint-top scorer Cirilo  ruled out of the weekend game through illness but hoping to return on Monday against Romania.

1: Eder Lima (Russia) 4 goals, 2 assists (2 games)
2: Gašper Vrhovec (Slovenia) 4 goals, 0 assists (2 games)
3: Kristjan Čujec (Slovenia) 2 goals, 2 assists (2 games)
4=: Fortino (Italy) 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 yellow card (2 games)
4=: Franko Jelovčić (Croatia) 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 yellow card (2 games)
6: Sergio Lozano (Spain) 2 goals, 1 assist (2 games)

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
2012: Torras (Spain)*, Dario Marinović (Croatia)
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