Portugal and Japan to tussle for gold

**THE DAY REPLAYED – **Japan pulled off the upset of the Girls’s Youth Olympic Futsal Event Buenos Aires 2018 by knocking out Spain within the semi-finals to arrange a gathering with Portugal, who thrashed Bolivia.

Spain dominated possession however discovered their path to purpose blocked again and again by a strong Japanese defence, earlier than seemingly paving the way in which for victory by ultimately breaking the impasse simply earlier than half-time.

That proved to be a false hope, nevertheless, as Japan stored their form however nonetheless managed to show the sport on its head because of objectives from Miu Maeda, Ichika Arai and Sara Oino. The supporters filling the stands started to sense that the title favourites have been on the ropes. 

Spain tried all the things and even performed with a fly keeper for the final seven minutes. They did scale back the deficit with seconds left on the clock, however in the end ran out of time and can now contest the bronze medal match.

Within the first recreation of the day, Bolivia’s hopes of reaching the ultimate didn’t final lengthy. The South People took an early lead in opposition to Portugal via a purpose by fan favorite Maria Galvez and held their very own for a lot of the primary half, however had no response as soon as the Europeans discovered their rhythm and went in 6-1 down on the break. 

Fifo excelled and hit the goal six instances, whereas Marta Pereira (two objectives, three assists) and Marta Texeira (three objectives, one help) additionally stood out.

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Robust semi-finals to name

  • Males’s Youth Olympic futsal semi-finals happen on 15 October
  • Egypt face Russia, Brazil tackle hosts Argentina
  • “In an Olympic semi-final there’s no such factor as a simple recreation”

The semi-finals of the Males’s Youth Olympic Futsal Match Buenos Aires 2018 could characteristic very completely different groups, however what the 2 video games have in frequent is the sheer unpredictability of the outcomes.

On one facet of the draw, Egypt versus Russia guarantees to be a decent recreation determined by superb margins, whereas Brazil towards Argentina has all of the makings of a basic South American futsal derby.


Monday 15 October, Foremost Futsal Corridor, 18:00 (native time)

Many thought Egypt’s draw towards Argentina of their opening match had a big ingredient of luck about it. The North Africans have confirmed in any other case, exuding organisation and expertise of their subsequent video games whereas benefiting from their possibilities in entrance of aim. That mentioned, of the 4 semi-finalists, Egypt are the bottom scorers, with 15 in 4 matches.

Unquestionably, Egypt possess very proficient people, with the choose of the bunch being goalkeeper Abdelrahman Algarwany and pivot Belal Elsayed.

Nonetheless, they’ll have to be at at their finest if they’re to beat a Russia facet recognized for its speedy transitions and exact attacking play. Seven of their eight outfield gamers have discovered the online and have offered a minimum of one help every. Like Egypt, the important thing figures within the Russian workforce are additionally their keeper, Dennis Subbotin, and one in all their forwards, Danil Karpuik.

The stat
41.66 – the share of Egypt’s photographs on track that end in targets, the very best out of the 4 semi-finalists.

What they mentioned
“In an Olympic semi-final there’s no such factor as a simple recreation. The groups which have made it this far have gotten what it takes to win a medal.”
Danil Samusenko, Russia ahead


Monday 15 October, Foremost Futsal Corridor, 20:00 (native time)

Brazil have confirmed to be one of the best workforce thus far within the competitors, justifying their label as favourites to go residence with a gold medal. They’re the event’s prime scorers, have dropped the fewest quantity of factors and are the second only facet in entrance of aim, scoring 35 per cent of their photographs on track.

A Seleção boast a wonderful all-round facet, however the stars of the present could be their goalkeeper Francoar, ahead Gulhermao, winger Wesley and defender Neguinho. Latest historical past can be on their facet, having crushed Argentina within the remaining of the U-18 South American Futsal Championships Three-2 which maybe provides them an edge heading into this semi-final.

That mentioned, like in any derby match, conserving the feelings in verify might be very important. This might be particularly essential for the hosts, for whom Buenos Aires 2018 has been a veritable rollercoaster of feelings to date.

If La Albiceleste do handle to banish the reminiscences of a torturous group stage and get their followers behind them, then they need to be an opponent to be feared.

The stat
15 – The variety of assists Brazilian gamers have made, greater than any of the opposite semi-finalists. Opponents Argentina have managed ten.

What they mentioned
“They’re simply one other opponent. Maybe gamers are extra fired-up to play on this fixture due to the historical past, however on the finish of the day it’s a semi-final and we’d need to win it no matter who we had been going through.”
Santiago Rufino, Argentina winger

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