Although futsal is also about tactics, there is nothing better than a sublime technical tour de force. Croatian Matej Horvat must also have thought that last night during Croatia’s game against Poland. With a score of 0-0, Horvat started in his own half, after which he tricked the first Polish opponent on the halfway line. The sequel was wonderful.
Eye-to-eye with a Polish defender and the goalkeeper, Horvat decided to take another fine piece of technique from his bag of tricks. With a deft movement, he ensured that the Polish defender torpedoed his own goalkeeper, after which Horvat completed the feat by shooting the ball into the goal with a rabona – a heel behind his standing leg. Magnificent with a capital M.
Unfortunately for Horvat, there was no public yet to admire his masterpiece, but thanks in part to his miracle goal, Croatia did win 1-3 against Poland. In the same group, Russia beat Slovenia 7-1.
Orange will be back in action tomorrow. Then Portugal, reigning world champion and reigning European champion, will be the opponent in the Ziggo Dome. Both countries won their first game. Portugal beat Serbia 4-2 and the Netherlands beat Ukraine 3-2. The top two teams in the group advance to the quarterfinals.
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