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Brazil plays well and defeats Italy 6-1
Thursday, 21 October 2010 07:47
futsalwireAnápolis (GO) - Brazil confirmed this Thursday evening (21/10) its place in the semi-final of the 6th Futsal Grand Prix. Playing well, especially in the first half, the Brazilians defeated Italy 6 to 1, at the Newton de Faria Arena, in Anápolis (GO), in the quarter-final stage of the competition. Source 

The Italians, in turn, are out of the fight for the title and will play on Friday, at noon, against the loser of the match between the Paraguayans and the Czechs. The match, which will also be at the Newton de Faria, will define the ninth to sixteenth places in the standings.

The match
Brazil was missing Falcão, who had not recovered from an injury and was left out. Even so, the team pressured from the off and had two chances with forward Wilde in the first three minutes. On the first chance, he was left one on one with keeper Mammarella, but shot wide. On the second, he again got free, but this time, the keeper defended the shot from the Brazilian.

The Italians answered with forward Dos Santos, who received a precise pass from defender Lima, and as keeper Tiago came out, he shot low. But the Brazilian goalie got a light touch on the ball, deflected it onto the post, and grabbed as it came back to him.

Playing better, the Brazilians did not take long to open the scoring. On 8min22, winger Fernandinho tried a pass and the ball hit an Italian, and into the path of Ari, who charged into the area and shot over the keeper. On 10min54, winger Gabriel got the second seconds later after taking advantage of a mistake from the Azurra defense, stealing the ball and shooting hard in the corner.

Without giving any chances to Italy, Brazil scored the third on 16min04, again with Ari. He stole the ball in the center of the court, got forward smashed the ball into the net, making 3 x 0 going into the break.

In the second half, Brazil tried to hold on to the score, but the Italians went for the draw. The Brazilians were able to keep Italy quiet until the 33min03, when defender Lima hit a volley and got Italy into the game. The goal gave Italy hope, but on 36min24, winger Vinícius scored the fourth, and on 38min38, winger Rafael got the fifth. Afterwards, on 39min24, defender Carlinhos completed the victory 6 to 1.

After the final whistle, Brazilian coach Marcos Sorato talked about the match. “We were able to play our game, especially in the first half, building up a nice lead. We slowed the rhythm down a little in the second half, maybe with the game tomorrow in mind. It shouldn’t be that way, but we have to respect the physical conditioning of the athletes”, he affirmed.

As for the Italian-Brazilian Lima, scorer of the Italian goal, he admitted that Brazil were stronger. “The rhythm is very fast and different from any other team. Even Spain has a slower rhythm. Playing against Brazil is very hard. They change all the players and the level continues the same”, he analyzed.