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Hovocubo and Alumnus book main round berths

Debutants Hovocubo made it a clean sweep of victories in the preliminary round as they progressed alongside MNK Alumnus Zagreb, 7-2 winners against København Futsal.

Four teams − Alumnus, APOEL, Hovocubo and Stalitsa − are now through to the main round
Four teams − Alumnus, APOEL, Hovocubo and Stalitsa − are now through to the main round ©Getty Images for UEFA

Hovocubo and MNK Alumnus Zagreb won through to the UEFA Futsal Cup main round on Friday as two more preliminary round groups ended.

• They join FC APOEL Nicosia and FC Stalitsa Minsk, who qualified on Thursday, while the remaining four sections will be decided at the weekend. The group winners progress to the main round for which the draw is already made.

Group A
Hovocubo 3-2 Eden Futsal
Dutch debutants Hovocubo recorded the win they needed to pip their Dublin-based hosts to the next stage of the competition – thanks to Youssef Makraou's strike with five seconds remaining.

• Hovocubo will play three-time champions Inter FS, FC Lokomotiv Kharkiv and Slovenian hosts KMN Kobarid in the main round.

Wrexham Futsal 2-8 Istanbul Üniversitesi SK
The Turkish side were emphatic victors in a game between two teams already out. Wrexham were up against it from the moment keeper Jonathan Mapp was credited with an own goal after only 25 seconds, and they conceded twice more before four minutes had elapsed.

Group F
København Futsal 2-7 MNK Alumnus Zagreb

Two goals apiece from Kristijan Grbeša and Sadat Ziberi sent debutants and hosts Alumnus through from the three-team group.

• In the main round, Alumnus will play ISK Dina Moskva, Futsal Team Charleroi and FC Deva.

Group G
ASA Ben Gurion 4-9 KMF Zelezarec Skopje
Zelezarec will face FC Agama Podgorica on Saturday to determine who advances to the main round. The Macedonian side, who are now top, led by one at the break before pulling away from Ben Gurion in the second period, Adrijan Micevski completing his hat-trick with two quick-fire strikes before the half-hour mark. Ben Gurion are out.

Group H
FC Grand Pro Varna 2-2 FC Progress Chisinau

Three of the goals were scored from the second penalty mark in the section's opening match. Hosts Varna struck first through skipper Jovan Stanković, but were grateful to Paulo Pinto's effort from open play for salvaging a point. Progress play Uni Futsal Bulle, who meet Varna on Sunday, tomorrow.

Reporters: Ronan Farrelly, Rok Šinkovc & Danilo Mitrović

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