Matchday 3 overview: Argentina, Spain present trophy credentials

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Matchday 3 overview: Argentina, Spain present trophy credentials



14 Sep 2021Argentina register a record-breaking victorySpain dominate Paraguay as IR Iran eke out victoryJapan overcome Angola in a 12-goal thrillerResultsGroup E
Paraguay 0-4 Spain
Angola 4-8 Japan

Group F
Serbia 2-3 IR Iran
Argentina 11-0 USAStandings
Moments 2016 repeat on the playing cards?
IR Iran’s Hamid Ahmadi loved combined fortunes, scoring the opener in opposition to Serbia earlier than being despatched off not lengthy afterwards. It was additionally a little bit of a roller-coaster experience for his crew typically, as they dominated the primary half however needed to depend on their goalkeeper Alireza Samimi to maintain them within the match. Each groups scored within the remaining 4 minutes, which, allied to a sending-off for Serbia, offered a dramatic climax for the watching followers. The Serbs confirmed that, regardless of being the final European nation to qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™, they’re undoubtedly not right here to make up the numbers. The third-place finishers from Colombia 2016 dealt admirably with the lack of their star participant, Hossein Tayebi, to make a robust begin of their quest to a minimum of equal what they achieved 5 years in the past.

Gem of a objective
Few futsal observers will probably be that shocked to listen to that Spain received in a aggressive match and utterly dominated possession within the course of, provided that holding on to the ball is without doubt one of the hallmarks of their play. Fede Vidal’s facet additionally demonstrated their capacity to attain some eye-catching objectives, with Raul Campos, on his a centesimal look for La Roja, notching the choose of the bunch. As for the Paraguayans, whose goalkeeper Carlos Espinola had instructed FIFA.com within the days main as much as the encounter that his crew have been favourites for the trophy, they a minimum of managed to make life troublesome for Spain within the first half. Espinola didn’t play throughout that first interval, however he did, nevertheless, use his expertise to assist the crew, encouraging his team-mates and giving them pointers from the bench all through the match. Matchday 3 of FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™PreviousIran teamVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The IR Iran crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Serbia and IR Iran at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alexander Scheuber – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Serbia teamVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The Serbia crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Serbia and IR Iran at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Fakhim celrebrates Iran objective with team-matesVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Farhad Fakhim of IR Iran celebrates with teammates after scoring their crew’s second objective throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Serbia and IR Iran at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Spain teamKLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The Spain crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group E match between Paraguay and Spain at Klaipeda Area on September 14, 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (Photograph by Chris Ricco – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Paraguay teamKLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The Paraguay crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group E match between Paraguay and Spain at Klaipeda Area on September 14, 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (Photograph by Chris Ricco – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Fernandez scores Spain’s second objective KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Adolfo Fernandez of Spain scores their crew’s second objective throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group E match between Paraguay and Spain at Klaipeda Area on September 14, 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (Photograph by Chris Ricco – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Adolfo Fernandez hugged by team-mates after Spain goalKLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Adolfo Fernandez of Spain celebrates with teammates after scoring their crew’s second objective throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group E match between Paraguay and Spain at Klaipeda Area on September 14, 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (Photograph by Chris Ricco – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Milos Stojkovic of Serbia celebrates goalVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Milos Stojkovic of Serbia celebrates after scoring their crew’s first objective throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Serbia and IR Iran at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Fakhim of IR Iran v Strahinja of Serbia VILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Farhad Fakhim of IR Iran and Strahinja Petrov of Serbia compete for a header throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Serbia and IR Iran at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures) Iran followers in VilniusVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Followers of IR Iran present their assist from the stands throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Serbia and IR Iran at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)USA teamVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The USA crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Argentina and USA at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alexander Scheuber – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Argentina teamVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The Argentina crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Argentina and USA at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Edelstein celebrates Argentina’s objective with BrandiVILNIUS, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Alan Brandi of Argentina celebrates with teammate Matias Edelstein after scoring their crew’s second objective throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group F match between Argentina and USA at Vilnius Area on September 14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photograph by Alexander Scheuber – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Angola teamKLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The Angola crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group E match between Angola and Japan at Klaipeda Area on September 14, 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (Photograph by Chris Ricco – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)Japan teamKLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – SEPTEMBER 14: The Japan crew line up for a photograph previous to the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 group E match between Angola and Japan at Klaipeda Area on September 14, 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (Photograph by Chris Ricco – FIFA/FIFA through Getty Pictures)NextGoals galore for defending champs
Not in his wildest desires might Alan Brandi have imagined kicking off a Futsal World Cup like he did as we speak. Inside the opening two minutes, his two objectives already had the reigning champions properly on their manner in opposition to USA. His third strike, which additionally got here in a formidable first half for Argentina, put him firmly on observe for the adidas Golden Shoe, and he added a fourth for good measure in direction of the top. By the interval, the South Individuals, who might by no means have imagined such a easy begin to the match, have been 8-0 up, properly heading in the right direction to surpass their report victory, an 8-1 overcome Cuba in 2000. With an awesome degree of possession and variety of pictures, the Argentinians eased off considerably within the second half, however nonetheless acquired a standing ovation from the delighted crowd in Vilnius on the finish. For USA, who missed out on the final two Futsal World Cups, it was return to neglect.

Creditable debut
Thus far it has been a Futsal World Cup during which goalkeepers have made the headlines, and Angola shot-stopper Gomito continued that development in Klaipeda, making a number of glorious saves early on – drastically loved by the spectating locals – to maintain Japan’s assaults at bay. Nevertheless, that appeared to encourage Japanese No15 Arthur, who made the breakthrough within the thirteenth minute and would go on to rack up no fewer than 4 objectives. The Brazil-born performer dampened the Angolans’ hopes of a fightback on two events, previous to Ryuta Hoshi and Ryosuke Nishitani sealing the win for the Asian facet. Regardless of the defeat, the combative Africans, who have been making their World Cup debut, would doubtless have felt some sense of satisfaction after placing in a robust efficiency in opposition to a Japanese crew trying to stamp their authority on the competitors. This fixture, which was the final on Tuesday’s slate, featured essentially the most objectives of the 4 video games, and ensured that this might be the highest-scoring day of Lithuania 2021 up to now (32 objectives).
The quote“We have been a bit fortunate to open the scoring shortly, because the opening match at a World Cup isn’t simple. It was essential to attain sufficient objectives to offer us some peace of thoughts. I’m actually pleased with the win and the picture we introduced, and since it’s given us an actual morale enhance so early on.”
Alan Brandi
HighlightsUp nextWednesday (native occasions)
Group A
Costa Rica-Venezuela, Kaunas, 18:00
Lithuania-Kazakhstan, Kaunas, 20:00Group D
Egypt-Guatemala, Vilnius, 18:00
Uzbekistan-RFU, Vilnius, 20:00



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