SPAIN vs FRANCE 4-4 -> match report

UEFA Futsal EURO 2018
Line-ups and game details on UEFA.com

by Luca Ranocchiari - Futsalplanet.com editor

Spain vs France 4-4 (2-2)

No fear for France
Though Spain got the control of the ball since the first minute, it was immediately clear that France was not there just to attend the event. After avoiding to suffer goals in the beginning, the Pierre Jacky's debutant squad started to put some pressure also in the Paco Sedano's zone.

Mohammed strike
It took a wrong spanish pass for the "big surprise" to come true: a perfect shot by Abdessamad Mohammed (MAN OF THE MATCH by Futsalplanet point of view) determined the unpredictable french advantage, putting pressure on a shocked Spain

Spanish job
Two minutes later the world of futsal came back to its "regular life" as a brilliant combination between Marc TolrÓ and Alex allowed Adolfito's equalizer. Minute 10, 1-1.

Definition of counter-attack
Surprises were not ended yet, as when Spain was forcing France to defend on their last metres of pitch a magnificent counter-attack by N'Gala and Mohoudine gave the chance to Samir Alla to score the easiest goal of his career, just in an European championship: good timing.

Unlucky Aigoun
Everybody ready to go with France leading 2-1 at half time? Yeah, but luck was not on Azdine Aigoun's side as he touched the corner kick by Lin for the iberian draw just 30 seconds before the hooter. Half time in the unpredictable sport: Spain 2, France 2.

France ahead
Thirteen seconds: this is the time needed by Souheil Mouhoudine to score in the resume of the game. The spanish nightmare became even worst when an own goal by Ortiz put France on the unbelievable (at least before the game) 2-4 score.

Reaction and draw
Not easy but not impossible for an experienced team like Spain: few seconds and Solano gave some pride game back to Spain: 3-4. But France didn't abandon their "game of the life" and kept on playing. It was just through the flying keeper tactics that Bebe managed to score the 4-4 equalizer.

Final efforts
Venancio Lopez tried to win the game as Bebe replaced Paco Sedano in the dying seconds of the match. No luck, not even for N'Gala final free-kick saved by Paco Sedano. So, if you were thinking that France gave everything in the play-off games vs Croatia you, (as we are!) were wrong for sure: the best moments were still waiting to happen.


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