Spain claims another European gold in Futsal

Belgrade, Feb 14 (IANS) Spain won the Futsal Euro for the seventh time in the history of the football tournament by beating Russia 7-3 in the final.

Spain won the tournament in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012. Saturday’s gold medal preserved its reputation of Europe’s most successful futsal nation, reports Xinhua.

Spain caught an early lead over Russia on Saturday in Belgrade Arena through Alex in the eighth minute while the convincing triumph was secured by goals of Pola (14th minute, 15′), Mario Rivillos (15′, 36′) and Miguelin (31′, 35′).

Scorers for Russia were Brazilian natives Romulo (20′) and Robinho (32′) as well as Milovanov (40′).

Earlier on Saturday, in the match for the third place, debutantes Kazakhstan beat host Serbia 5-2 and won the bronze medal.

Miguelin of Spain won the golden shoe of the tournament by having six goals and four assists in total, while his teammates Mario Rivillos (six goals, four assists) and Alex (six goals, two assists) won silver and bronze shoes respectively.

Attendance at the closing day of the UEFA Futsal Euro 2016 was 11,000 people, which summed up to tournament record of more than 100,000 visitors since the opening on February 2.

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