Buenos Aires, September 18 (EFE) .- The Portuguese futsal team won the first edition of the Futsal Finalissima this Sunday after beating Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in regulation time in a match played in Meri. Terrain de Weis Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Melado put the Spanish ahead in the 19th minute but Alfonso equalized in the 28th minute to force a penalty shootout where Bruno Coelho, Andre Coelho, Patty and Paco scored for the reigning world champions, while Sergio for Spain. Lozano and Melado converted and Chino and Raul Campos missed their shots.
In the third-place game, goals from Richard Rezala (8m), Damian Mareco (9m) and Arnaldo Baez (25m) for the Guarani side saw Paraguay win 2-3 against hosts Argentina, with Cristian Borruto. (m.12) and Alan Brandy (m.27) scored for the locals, a double that repeated the final of the last Copa América that consecrated the Albiceleste after a 1-0 victory.
The final between Portugal and Spain, which replayed the semi-final of the last European Championship played in the Netherlands, repeated the intensity of the rivalry with two rivals who know each other very well and who had to decide the title in a penalty shootout.
The first few minutes consisted of a lot of studying and moving the ball around in an effort to avoid a mistake of their own without trying to convert the opposition into a goal.
Jesus Herrero had his first two interventions at the start: first in a spectacular intervention against Coelho and then after a great combination by the Portuguese team that ended in De Silva’s shot.
Spain fought back
Spain were more intense and reckless and with Mellado on fire they had to make an effort to avoid Andre Sousa falling off his fence and the clearest was a shot by Adolfo in the 15th minute.
In the end Spain pressed to go into the break to go ahead and such persistence was rewarded as in the 19th minute Antonio put in a perfect ball from a corner and Mellado made Vidal’s scoreboard complete with a shot.
In the second half, Portugal came in need of an equalizer and wasted no time, but Spain showed the best of its iron defense, which prevented Argentina from scoring a goal in Thursday’s semifinal.
However, in the 28th minute, Alphonso took advantage of an error by the Pole early on to beat Didak with a perfect Vaseline to level the scores again.
There were many fears of a decisive goal in the last ten minutes and both seemed to agree with the intention of reaching extra time. There were two options in those ten minutes but neither was clear and the finalissima was defined by penalties where Portugal were more accurate and took the title with Spain second on the podium in Buenos Aires.
List of facts
1 (4). Portugal: Andre Sousa, Mendonca, Matos, Coelho, Silva.
Coach: Jorge Braz.
1 (2). Spain: Jesus Herrero; Antonio Perez, Sergio Lozano and Melado; Raul Gomez.
Coach: Federico Vidal Montaldo.
Goal: 0-1, m.19: Notched. 1-1, m.28: Afonso.
Definition by Penalty: The following goals scored for Portugal: Bruno Coelho, Andre Coelho, Patty and Pau. They converted for Spain: Sergio Lozano and Melado while Chino and Raul Campos missed their shots.
Referees: Rodriguez Bordon of Uruguay, Espindola Flores of Chile and Garcia Sanchez of Colombia. They advised Ziki, Varela and Jorge Braz from Portugal; and from Lozano, Spain.
Event: The final match of the Finalissima, played at the Marie Terran de Weis Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Edited by María Fernanda Rueda D.