• Wednesday Aug 23, 2017

    Futsal: Group B Recap (Aug. 23, 2017)

    Grupo Line Futsal players (white jersey) celebrate after scoring against Sidekicks in a CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship match on August 23, 2017, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Grupo Line Futsal won and Habana drew on Wednesday to finish first and second in Group B, respectively, to earn semifinal berths in the 2017 CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship.

    Here’s a look at the action from the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan:

    Habana (Cuba) 4, Sporting Outlaws FC (Canada) 4

    Sporting Outlaws FC (0W-1D-2L, 1 point) earned its first point, scoring the first and last goals, to secure a 4-4 draw with Habana (1-1-1, 4).  The sides traded goals through the 25th minute, when Habana’s Andy Baquero made it 3-3.  Ten minutes later, the Cubans went ahead 4-3 through Lazaro Peña.

    As it has done during the entire tournament, Sporting refused to give up.  That persistence paid dividends in the 36th minute as Oussama Laguel netted the equalizer.

    Diya Abdi gave the Canadian champion a 1-0 lead in the second minute with the first of his two goals (the other was in 21st minute), finishing with six for the tournament.

    Shaq Michaud (14’) also struck for Sporting, while Dagoberto Quezada (12’) and Feice Marino (16’) found the back of the net for Habana.

    Sporting Outlaws FC was eliminated from the competition, while Habana was assured of advancement after Grupo Line Futsal’s win later in the evening.

     

    Grupo Line Futsal (Costa Rica) 10, Sidekicks (Mexico) 7

    Juan Cordero scored four goals and Grupo Line Futsal (3-0-0, 9) overcame a three-goal deficit at halftime, exploding for eight goals in the second half en route to a 10-7 win over Sidekicks.

    Eder Giorgana (3’, 17’, 19’) and Aldair Giorgana (1’, 15’) combined for five first-half goals to give the Mexican power a 5-2 advantage heading into the break.

    The second half, however, provided a memorable 20-minute snapshot of Grupo Line Futsal’s offensive prowess.  Cordero, who netted twice in the first half (6’, 20’), struck for two second-half goals (24’, 39 min., 14 secs.).

    Diego Zuñiga was key to the comeback, striking for the game’s last two goals and giving Grupo Line leads of 9-7 and 10-7.

    Milinton Tijerino (38 min, 03 secs.) leveled at 6-6 for Grupo Line, before Christopher Molina (38 min., 46 secs.) gave it the lead for good.

    Sidekicks’ other goals were scored by Luis Magaña (22’) and Rodrigo Juarez (39 min., 39 secs.), while Alejandro Paniagua (34’) also got on the scoresheet for Grupo Line.

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