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Spain wins and ends Brazilian dominance in the Grand Prix
Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:47
futsalwireAnápolis (GO) - The Newton de Faria Arena, in Anápolis (GO), was left in silence this Sunday morning (24/10). Spain defeated Brazil 2 x 1 in the final of the Futsal Grand Prix and silenced more than seven thousand fans that showed up to watch the tournament’s final 
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Anápolis (GO) - The Newton de Faria Arena, in Anápolis (GO), was left in silence this Sunday morning (24/10). Spain defeated Brazil 2 x 1 in the final of the Futsal Grand Prix and silenced more than seven thousand fans that showed up to watch the tournament’s final.

futsalwireWith the victory, the Spaniards end the Brazilian hegemony in the competition, since in the five previous editions, the yellow and green team had won all of them. Besides that, La Fúria got his revenge for the defeat in the final of the Futsal World Cup 2008, when Brazil came out the winner.

In the game, the first minutes were carefully studied by both sides. Brazilians and Spaniards were careful and opted to hold on to the ball, without risking too much in attack. In the first real chance of the game, La Fúria opened the scoring. On 5min53, forward Alemão ran with the ball open through the middle and passed to winger Rafa Usín, who shot as Tiago came off his line, to score the goal.

Brazil tried an answer straight away, but found difficulties to find spaces in the opponent’s defense. The solution was to pressure Spain on their side of the court to avoid the dangerous attacks from Spain and try to catch the rival disorganized. However, when the Brazilians had the ball, they suffered with many misplaced passes. In the first ten minutes, there were 12 against only four from the Spanish.

On the other side, Spain remained calm while in front. Organized, the team had three chances to increase their lead. In two of them, Tiago made good saves and avoided a second goal. The one time he was beaten by a shot from Aircardo, the ball hit the crossbar and came back onto the court. On the rebound, Pola shot wide.

Four minutes from the end, the Brazilians had a chance to tie the game when keeper Luís Amado went in with his foot high on winger Falcão, and the referee gave an indirect free-kick. Ari passed to Falcão, who shot low, but the Spanish defense managed to stop the attack.

If Brazil had the ball and failed to create, the Spanish created chances even from their defense. On 15min51, defender Ortiz received the ball from keeper Luis Amado and still close to his area, noticed Tiago far from his goal. Hitting a perfect shot, the Spaniard shot over the Brazilian keeper, who saw the ball hit the crossbar before hitting the back of the net.

Second half
Brazil came back for the second half different. Coach Marcos Sorato put on forward Vander Carioca to try to get past the Spanish defense. In the first chance, the tactical change worked and defender Carlinhos got free in front of Luis Amado, but shot wide. The pressure continued, and Brazil even hit the post, but did not score.

Advancing more and more, Brazil took risks, but on 27min04, the yellow and green team got its first goal. Winger Fernandinho received a pass in the middle and ran towards three Spanish players. As keeper Luis Amado came out of goal, the Brazilian hit the angle and got the crowd to its feet at the Newton de Faria Arena.

Cheered on by more than seven thousand fans, Brazil pegged Spain back, which in turn strengthened its defense system to hold on to the result. With good chances to score, especially from long distance, the Brazilian team only failed to score because of two good saves from Luis Amado, in shots from Carlinhos and Wilde.

Resting four minutes to the end, Brazil took the final risk when putting on Falcão in the place of the keeper. Despite the pressure, the Brazilians were stopped again by Luis Amado and the Spanish defense. After the final whistle, the Spanish celebrated, while the fans, recognizing the fight put up by the players screamed “Brazil, Brazil”.