THE UEFA FUTSAL CUP 2017-2018: The Final Four Are Already Known

As most futsal fans know, last week in four countries were held matches of the UEFA Futsal Cup Elite round. After topping their elite round groups, four teams that will take part in the finals on April 2018 have become known. They are Hungarian “Raba ETO Győr”, Portuguese “Sporting”, and Spanish “Movistar Inter” and “Barcelona Lassa.” Would like to bring to your attention the results of matches that took place on November 25 and 26.

November 25

Group “A”. Italy.

“Knopopunt” (Netherlands) – “Economac” (Serbia) – 3: 7
Goals: El Ghannouti (32, 40), Bouzit (36) – Igor (2), Kopanja (4), Lazarevich (8), Rnich (14), Ivankovich (31), Thales (38, 39)
Warning: Bouzit (20), Zouthane (31) – Ivankovich (28)

“Barcelona Lassa” (Spain) – “Pescara” (Italy) – 3: 1
Goals: Dyego (22, 39), Rafa López (23) – Rescia (40)
Warning: Adolfo (18) – Ercolessyi (24)
Removal: Tolrà (4)

Group “B”. Portugal.

“Nacional” (Croatia) – “Halle-Gooik” (Belgium) – 1: 3
Goals: Puertas (39) – Teixeira (11, 19), Gréllo (28 – from 6-meter)
Warning: Gustavo (28), Mravunac (32) – Bissoni (13), Teixeira (26)

“Dina” (Russia) – “Sporting” (Portugal) – 0: 4
Goals: Cavinato (8), Divanei (16), Merlim (28), Dieguinho (31)
Warning: Razuvanov (29), Shtibegov (32), Lovich (40) – Joao Matos (23), Edgar Varela (32)

Group “C”. Hungary.

“Prodexim” (Ukraine) – “Stalitsa” (Belarus) – 7: 3
Goals: Bessalov (3), Sviridov (25, 40 – from 39-meter), Roninho (29), Fetko (37), Tsypun (39), Kalukov (40) – Mikh. Grytsyna (1), Zhdanovich (8), Chernik (20)
Warning: Kalukov (10)
Removal: Savenko (19)

“Luparense” (Italy) – “Raba ETO Győr” (Hungary) 3: 6
Goals: Juangra (5, auto-goal), Jefferson (8), Taborda (19), Betão (39) – Álex (8, 11), Fabio Aguiar (22, 38, 40), Juangra (37)
Warning: Victor Mello (36), Rafael (38) – Álex (14), Dávid (24), Vas (40)

November 26

Group “D”. Spain.

“Deva” (Romania) – “Braga” (Portugal) – 5: 8
Goals: Panzaru (9), Paulo Ferreira (20, 40 – 10 meters), M. Matei (31), Obadă (31) – Andre Machado (12, 24, 32), Bruno Cintra (25, 37), Ruan (26), Ludgero (27), Marinho (35)
Warning: Csoma (13), Stoica (24) – Uesler (20), Cássio (25)

“Kairat” (Kazakhstan) – “Movistar Inter” (Spain) – 3: 5
Goals: Alexandre (4), Leo (8, 21) – Ortiz (2), Elisandro (6), Ricardinho (16), Gadeia (34, 39 – 10-meter)
Warning: Taynan (22), Higuita (23), Leo (30), Drót (31), Douglas (32), Elisandro (39) – Ortiz (11)
Removal: Higuita (34 – repeated warning)

So, holders Inter FS, two-time winners Barcelona, twice runners-up Sporting and Raba ETO Győr will contest the UEFA Futsal Cup finals in April of next year. Too bad that the format of this UEFA competition will force the four finalists (and all their fans) to wait about five months before the finals will take place between 19 and 22 April 2018.

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