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Paris and Chrudim survive scares

Sporting Clube de Paris came from behind to beat KMF Zelezarec Skopje and hosts FK EP Chrudim saw off FC Stalitsa Minsk as the main round kicked off with Group 1.

Matěj Slovaček was Chrudim's hero
Matěj Slovaček was Chrudim's hero ©FC Barcelona

Sporting Clube de Paris and hosts FK EP Chrudim were the two winners as Group 1 kicked off the UEFA Futsal Cup main round. The top two in each group go on to the elite round, with matches in Chrudim, Czech Republic, continuing tomorrow.

Group 1
Sporting Club de Paris 6-3 KMF Zelezarec Skopje
• Sporting had to work hard to recover having fallen two down to a pair of fine counterattacks, and the Macedonian champions defended stoutly. Even when Paris were 4-3 up, Marko Novaković almost levelled from his own half, after which the French champions finally made it safe, Roninho getting his second in the dying minutes.

FK EP Chrudim 3-2 FC Stalitsa Minsk
• Preliminary round qualifiers Stalitsa came close to an upset, leading early on. Chrudim went 2-1 up but Dmitry Polyakov in goal kept Stalitsa in it and then, with a flying keeper deployed, the Belarusians levelled with five minutes to go through captain Alexandr Chernik – only for Matěj Slováček to immediately add his second for Chrudim. Toni then made several vital saves to secure the points.

Starting on Wednesday: Group 5

Through to elite round:
Byes: FC Barcelona (holders), Kairat Almaty, Araz Naxçivan, Sporting Clube de Portugal.
12 more tbc

Draw: 17 October
Matches: 18–23 November