Inter, Barça, Kairat, Sporting into finals

Inter FS, Barça, Sporting CP and Kairat have reached April's finals after topping elite round groups.

Barcelona celebrate their qualification
Barcelona celebrate their qualification ©FC Barcelona

Inter FS, Barça, Sporting CP and Kairat Almaty have clinched UEFA Futsal Champions League finals places after topping their elite round groups.

  • All the results
  • Final standings
  • The four group winners progress to the knockout finals, with one of those clubs appointed hosts on 3 December for the event on 25 or 26 and 27 or 28 April.
2018: Inter beat Sporting for fifth title
2018: Inter beat Sporting for fifth title

Group A winners: Inter FS (ESP, holders)

  • Inter, aiming for a record third title in a row and sixth overall, are the first side to reach the four-team finals four years running.
  • Preliminary round survivors Vytis, who hosted Inter's group, were the first Lithuanian team to reach the elite round, the 32nd different nation to be represented.
  • Juozas Lubas of Vytis became the youngest-ever player to be in an elite round line-up against Halle-Gooik on Wednesday at 16 years 176 days.

Group B winners: Barça (ESP)

  • Hosting the group, two-time champions Barça beat 2015/16 champons Ugra Yugorsk on Sunday to join their Spanish rivals (who beat them in last season's semi-finals in Zaragoza).
©Sporting Clube de Portugal

Group C winners: Sporting CP (POR)

  • 2010 winners Benfica and three-time runners-up Sporting had met in 12 Portuguese play-off finals but never in Europe until Sunday.
  • Benfica, trailing on goal difference, needed to win at Sporting's Pavilhão João Rocha and took the lead through Robinho, only for Cardinal to level with a double penalty late in the first half. André Coelho hit the post for Benfica with 18 second left, and it finished 1-1.
  • Sporting CP have reached three finals, losing the last two to Inter.

Group D winners: Kairat Almaty (KAZ)

  • Two-time winners Kairat (who have played in all 13 elite rounds under the current format) have increased their record tally of finals appearances to eight, one more than Inter and two above Barça and Sporting.
  • Runners-up A&S Futsal Pescara were the seventh different Italian side to reach the elite round, one more than Ukraine.

Top scorers
Season: Michał Kubik (Record Bielsko-Biała) 10
Elite round: Dieguinho (Sporting CP), Divanei (Ekonomac Kragujevac), Edson (Kairat Almaty), Alessandro Patias (Halle-Gooik) 4

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