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Spain beats Italy, will face Brazil in final

Spain beats Italy, will face Brazil in final

A controversial own-goal by Italy playmaker Adriano Foglia as extra time expired Thursday gave Spain a 3-2 win and a spot in the Futsal World Cup final against host Brazil.
Foglia put the ball in his own net while trying to clear a ball in front of the goal as the clock went down to zero at the Maracanzinho arena. Spanish players celebrated, but the Italians said time expired before the ball crossed the goal line.
Television images showed the clock was at zero, but the horn indicating the end of the game had not gone off.
The referees discussed for several minutes before deciding the goal would count, giving Spain a chance to win its third straight futsal world title on Sunday.
In regulation, Spain scored in the fourth minute and Foglia equalized for Italy in the 26th. Fernando put the Spaniards ahead in extra time in the 44th, but Italy equalized again with Grana's goal less than two minutes from the end.
In the last play of the match, Foglia scored the own-goal after the ball hit the post and he couldn't find the angle to send it wide.
A draw would have sent the match into a penalty shootout.
The Italians, with a roster entirely composed of Brazilian-born players, were runners-up to Spain in the last World Cup.
Spain will play Brazil in a rematch of the 2000 World Cup final in Guatemala, when the Spaniards came out on top.
FIFA Player of the Year Falcao scored a first-half goal to help Brazil defeat Russia 4-2.
Defender Schumacher scored less than four minutes into the match at Maracanazinho, and Falcao added to Brazil's lead in the seventh.
Russia tried to comeback with a goal by Brazilian-born midfielder Pula in the 17th, but midfielder Vinicius increased the lead for Brazil a minute later.
Damir Khamadiev netted in the 25th to pull the Russians close again, but midfielder Gabriel sealed the Brazilian victory with a 37th-minute goal.
"We are in the final, but the players know they didn't play well today," Brazil coach Paulo Cesar de Oliveira said.
Brazil, the only team to win all its matches so far, had beaten the Russians 7-0 in the first round.
Brazil and Spain are the only nations to have won the World Cup in futsal, which is played in two 20-minute periods on a surface about the size of a basketball court.
Brazil won the first three editions and the Spaniards the last two. The Brazilians finished third in the last World Cup after losing in the semifinals to the Spaniards.


Updated : 2021-10-17 12:50 GMT+08:00