Argentina wins maiden FIFA Futsal World Cup

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

On Saturday, in the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup final in Colombia, Argentina defeated Russia 5–4 to win their first World Cup trophy.

File photo of Cuzzolino who scored a penalty just before half time
Image: Divisione calcio a 5.

Russian player Eder Lima netted the first goal of the match in the 16th minute. Alamiro Vaporaki scored an equaliser within 30 seconds. Argentina got the lead just before half time as Leandro Cuzzolino successfully converted a second spot penalty kick into a goal, due to the sixth foul committed by the Russian side.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Lima scored an equaliser for Russia. But Argentina's Alan Brandi scored two goals in quick succession, as La Albiceleste lead 4–2. In the dying moments of the game, Constantino Vaporaki scored the fifth goal for Argentina, putting both the Vaporaki brothers' names on the score sheet. Within 40 seconds Dmitry Lyskov scored a goal for Russia, and in the final minute Lima scored a penalty completing his hat trick, but Argentina was still ahead and won 5–4 at the end of the final time at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium in the city of Cali.

Argentine captain Fernando Wilhelm won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.

Iran defeated Portugal 4–3 on penalties after a 2–2 draw to win the bronze medal.

October 1, 2016
14:30 (UTC-5)
Russia 4–5 (FT) Argentina Coliseo El Pueblo, Cali, Colombia
Eder Lima Scored after 16 minutes 16'
Eder Lima Scored after 22 minutes 22'
Dmitri Lyskov Scored after 39 minutes 39'
Eder Lima Scored after 40 minutes 40' (pen.)
Alamiro Vaporaki Scored after 16 minutes 16'
Leandro Cuzzolino Scored after 20 minutes 20' (pen.)
Alan Brandi Scored after 22 minutes 22'
Alan Brandi Scored after 23 minutes 23'
Constantino Vaporaki Scored after 39 minutes 39'