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Spain march on to Chinese Taipei

Spain 4-1 Slovenia (Agg: 8-2)
The reigning world champions will be able to defend their crown next year.

Reigning champions Spain made sure of the chance to defend their crown by securing a spot at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei.

More glory wanted
Javier Lozano's men achieved a 4-1 victory against Slovenia at the Pabellón Multiuso in Cáceres, matching the first-leg result last week. The Spanish will now lead the European charge at the finals, when they will hope to emulate the 2-1 final success against Brazil in 2000.

Bright start
The home side began well with Kike blasting wide twice within seconds of the kick-off. Slovenia were concentrating their attacks down the left flank with Primoz Zorc posing the most problems for the home side. Denis Ibrisimovic fired a free-kick against the woodwork on but Spain took the lead through Andreu in the eighth minute.

Own goal
Spain doubled their lead in the 12th minute when winger Javi Limones converted at the second attempt during a frantic goalmouth scramble. The locals were given a comfortable cushion just seconds later when the ball rebounded off Nenad Kurtic and into his own net to make it 3-0.

Victory complete
Slovenia piled on the pressure at the start of the second half as Spain took their foot off the pedal. Senudin Dzafic rifled a low drive inside the post to make it 3-1 and was then unlucky to see a later effort bounce back off the post. However, Spain sealed the contest with Andreu tapping for his second eight minutes from time after a Julio shot was well saved by Marko Pungartnik.