Arena Belgrade - Belgrade 08/02/2016 - 21:00CET (21:00 local timelocal)

Quarter-finals

Portugal - Spain
2-6
 

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Ricardinho magic not enough to stop Spain

Published: Monday 8 February 2016, 22.37CET
Portugal 2-6 Spain
Spain produced a magnificent quarter-final win despite two Ricardinho goals, one another stunner.
by Paul Saffer
from Arena Belgrade
Ricardinho magic not enough to stop Spain
Alex (middle) scored a brilliant goal to make it 3-0 ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

Portugal
Spain

2

Goals scored

6

48

Total attempts

32

15

Attempts on target

17

21

off target

12

12

blocked

3

1

against woodwork

2

10

Corners

6

1

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

5

5

Fouls suffered

9

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Spain

Spain

1Bebe (GK)1Paco Sedano (GK)
4Pedro Cary4Mario Rivillos
14:59
39:30
7Cardinal
29:37
7Pola
9João Matos8Lin
10Ricardinho
22:24
25:31
14Raúl Campos
22:55
12Vítor Hugo (GK)12Juanjo (GK)
2Paulinho13Jesús Herrero (GK)
3Bruno Coelho2Ortiz (C)
5Fábio Cecílio3José Ruiz
6Arnaldo Pereira (C)5Bebe
8Djô6Rafa Usín
11Anilton9Alex
17:40
34:32
13Tiago Brito10Andresito
14Fábio Lima11Miguelín
12:39

Coaches

Jorge Braz (POR)
José Venancio López (ESP)

First referee

Gábor Kovács (HUN)

Press kits

Standings

  
Published: Monday 8 February 2016, 22.37CET

Ricardinho magic not enough to stop Spain

Portugal 2-6 Spain
Spain produced a magnificent quarter-final win despite two Ricardinho goals, one another stunner.

  • Spain lead Portugal by three at half-time and go on to reach semi-finals
  • Ricardinho departs with two more goals, including one stunner, to take finals tally to six
  • Spain coach hails "team that love futsal" and also Ricardinho
  • Watch highlights in the video player above
  • Spain play Italy or Kazakhstan in the semi-finals at 21.00CET on Thursday

Spain's record of always reaching the UEFA Futsal EURO semi-finals – and never losing a competitive game to Portugal – remains intact after an impeccable display in Belgrade.

Most of the 11,161 capacity crowd that saw Serbia win the earlier quarter-final stayed, many to cheer on Ricardinho, and Portugal started well. Yet Spain were soon in control after Miguelín's penalty was followed by goals from Mario Rivillos, set up by fit-again Ortiz, and, brilliantly with two chips, Alex. Ricardinho finished off a smart passing move early in the second half but Raúl Campos immediately responded with a goal from a feint and angled shot.

Then came more Ricardinho magic as he flicked the ball past a bemused Andresito and smashed in, drawing a standing ovation and chants of "Portugal" from the Serbian crowd. But despite their noisy support, Portugal could not reduce arrears further, and Alex made sure as Miguelín led a counter and in the last seconds Mario Rivillos shot into an empty net from his own goal line.

©Sportsfile

Miguelín after his penalty

The key
So many for Spain, who were magnificent in all areas, and Alex even produced a bit of Ricardinho-style magic for the third. A showdown between Spain and Italy in the semi-finals could be one to match their many great encounters of the past.

Spain finding attacking options
With most of their regular attacking players ruled out of this tournament through injury, some wondered if they would lose bite up front. Not a bit of it as today's scorers, among others, are proving.

Ricardinho's magic will be missed
On six goals, Ricardinho is two clear in the race for the adidas Golden Shoe, but with him it is quality more than quantity. His second today meant that in all three games here he has produced an out-of-this-world goal, passing 100 for Portugal in the process, but he is no longer in the tournament and his wait for a national-team title goes on.

Ricardinho's latest masterpiece

Reaction:
José Venancio López, Spain coach
I am really happy about our performance. It was a great match and I am proud of the team. Congratulations to Portugal, especially Ricardinho, he is a player from another galaxy, I don't know where. It is a pity Portugal have to go home, Spain-Portugal would have been a very good semi-final but overall we were the better team.

The more difficult things are, the better the reaction of the team. This team has character and unity, we are a team that love futsal and want to make it bigger. We have an attacking style, so this is a great victory.

Jorge Braz, Portugal coach
Spain were better than us, we made too many mistakes, it is very difficult to beat Spain if you make as many mistakes as we did. We had chances, we scored goals but if you make too many mistakes against Spain, this is what happens. The result was totally deserved.

Thank you for the support of the Serbian fans. Also congratulations to the Serbian people, it is obvious the passion they have for sport. I hope the passion for sport generally will become specifically for futsal. I wish all the best for futsal in Serbia. There was a great atmosphere, a great arena and the fans helped to create that for the European Championship. Congratulations for everything they have done and I hope they continue having their passion for sport in general, and include futsal among the sports they love.

Last updated: 09/02/16 23.52CET

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