Ricardinho and Portugal touch the sky: world champions

Portugal is the new world champion … in addition to being the current European champion. They are the current dominators of futsal and Ricardinho, their emblem, enters Olympus (where the gods resided in Greek mythology) at 36 years of age with a World Cup that makes him win integers to be the best player in history ( if not already). He has already won everything and was MVP of the tournament. The Russians become the fourth team to wear a star on their chest after Brazil (5), Spain (2) and Argentina (1), which fell in Lithuania and cedes the throne to Portugal (1-2) to which Everything came out of his face during the tournament. The luck of the champion, from the beginning of the tournament.

At the start it was a very close duel, with the two teams waiting, waiting for their rival, so they hardly generated any chances, except a shot at Burrito’s post. From experience, Argentina was ahead, as three of its five starting five players were also ahead in the final in Colombia five years ago. After nine minutes, came the action that changed the game and caused the Albiceleste to lose part of the crown: Burrito, Argentina’s all-time top scorer in the World Cups, punched Ricardinho after pressing. The Portuguese remained lying on the ground, shouting, but the referees did not see anything. It was the Portuguese bench that requested the VAR. The referees reviewed it and did not hesitate: direct red. Argentina also claimed the VAR in that action for a blow to Cuzzolino, but there was nothing at all.

Argentina had two minutes ahead with one less player … if they did not concede a goal in that time. And just as the fifth member entered, Pany Varela scored after a great personal move. His powerful shot overtook Sarmiento and Portugal struck first. Before, Ricardinho had come across wood. The star was in his sauce, showing that he wanted to write, even more, his name in history. Argentina was touched after the action and the best thing for them was the halftime horn, with the score tight.

In the resumption, they changed the chip and left with one more march, squeezing a Bebe who, if discussed in the Portuguese goal, ended up as one of the stars of the new world champion. After the downpour, Erick threw his team on his back and, after three consecutive actions, almost achieved the second Portuguese goal. The crossbar avoided it. It was again Pany Valera who scored his double (he finishes in Lithuania with eight goals). Corner taken by Ricardinho and hit placed with the right. Argentina reacted immediately: Claudino, who was late to the previous play on Varela, closed the gap. Twelve minutes left, a world.

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Portugal began to suffer, it seemed close to being world champion, but at the same time very far away. Edelstein had the tie to empty goal, but the ball fell to his less good leg. Ricardinho’s men had to defend, and they handle that perfectly: in the second round, against Serbia: in the quarterfinals, against Spain (eliminated by the champion), and in the semifinals, against Kazakhstan, they had to reach extra time. In the final they did not need it, and the luck of the champion arrived: with Argentina playing with a goalkeeper-player with Taborda, Joao Matos made a hand in the area. The Argentines requested the VAR, and they celebrated it, because they thought they were going to hit a penalty. The colleges saw it and … nothing, keep going. They did not give credit. And on the last play, Basile slammed the final shot off Bebe’s post. Portugal and its resilience: new world champion, and Ricardinho, on the highest throne there can be.

Brazil come back to finish third

The Brazilian team completed the podium of the 2021 Lithuania Futsal World Cup as third place, after equaling two adverse markers, coming back and defeating Kazakhstan (4-2). At half-time he lost 0-1, for a goal at Guitta’s own goal in the 12th. And at minute 31 he fell 1-2, after Taynan’s 1-1 own goal, which he recovered with 1-2. But his reaction then was already a winner, with Rodrigo’s 2-2 and Ferrao’s 3-2, the Barcelona pivot, who relaunched his team to victory. It was Lé 4-2, already in the 35th minute, to sentence Brazil’s last commitment in the current edition of the tournament. In this way, Ferrao ends up as the top scorer of the tournament with nine goals and Brazil reaches the podium in all the World Cups except Colombia 2016 (eight of nine, with five titles).

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