Many domestic competitions come to an end in the month of May. In Italy, for exampe, the playoff semifinals are about to kick-off. In other countries, like Qatar or in Eastern Europe, the champions were already crowned. Furthermore, trophies were awarded in Portugal and, above all, in Asia. Here are the news from the past week in the futsal world.
The girls from Iran are the Asian champions
Iran proved again to be the dominating country in Asia by also winning the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship. The final podium turned out to be the same as the first edition of the competition, in 2015. Iran won 5-2 the final against Japan. Thailand, the host team, reached the third place with a victory against Vietnam in the consolation game. The winner was determined in the penalty shootout (3-2) after 50 goalless minutes.
Dualism over in Qatar
From Steve Harris’ Facebook group, Futsal Japan, came the news of Al Sailiya as new champion of the Qatar Futsal League. For the first time in the history of the league (12 editions), the final winner is a team that is not Al-Rayyan (6 tiles) or Al-Sadd (5).
Back-to-back title wins in Poland and Ukraine
Polish Rekord Bielsko-Biała and Ukranian MFC Prodexim Kherson will represent their respective countries in the upcoming UEFA Champions League. Rekord clinched the title with three matches to go in the winners stage of the Futsal Ekstraklasa. Kherson won 3-0 their final series in the Extra-Liga playoffs against SK Energia Lviv.
Sporting wins Taça de Portugal
Sporting CP won their sixth Portuguese Cup with a 6-2 victory in the final against surprising GD Fabril. The vice-champions, relegated in the League, defeated Modicus (fourth) 3-2 in the semifinal. Sporting went through to the final with a 4-2 against their eternal rivals, Benfica.
Playoff semifinals in Italy
The Serie A playoffs began in Italy with the cuarter finals. Luparense, the reigning champion, knocked out Latina in two games (5-4 y 6-3). Acqua&Sapone won their series against Pesaro with a victory (5-2) and a draw (3-3). Rieti eliminated one of the top-seeded teams, Kaos, with two victories (1-2 away and 5-2 at home). The closest series was between Dosson and Napoli, who needed a third match after two 3-3 draws. Dosson won the tie-breaker 2-1.
The semifinals will start this Monday. Luparense – Dosson and Acqua&Sapone – Real Rieti are the matches.
Cover image: the-afc.com
Author: Emanuele Risso (Twitter: @eman_risso)