THE BALL – Lions confirm favoritism, thrash Fundão and are in the final (Futsal)

Sporting is in the final of the play-off of the national futsal championship, after beating Fundão, by 5-2, in game 2 of the semi-finals, held this Sunday afternoon, at Pavilhão João Rocha, in Lisbon.

The lions entered full throttle and at 11 seconds (!) they were already ahead of the marker: Diego Cavinato’s shot and Iury Bahia, unfortunately, deflected it into his own goal. The leonine supremacy came to fruition again shortly after, in the 6th minute, when Fernando Cardinal, at close range, made it 2-0. Fundão still managed to react and reduce the disadvantage, through Felipe Leite, but Sporting would increase the contention even before the break, through Esteban Guerrero.

In the second stage, and giving shape to the theoretical favoritism that was pointed out to him – this despite the good replica of the Beira -, Sporting dug even more the difference, with goals from Fernando Cardinal and Pauleta, with Nem’s goal, already close to the In the end, it only served to mitigate the numbers of the Fundão debacle.

The tie is thus resolved – the leonine team, remember, had already won game 1 (6-4), last Friday, in Fundão – and Sporting is now waiting for the opponent they will face ahead in the play-off final and which will come out of the duel between Benfica and Eléctrico – play this afternoon (17:00), with Benfica in advantage, by 1-0, as a result of the victory (2-1), also on last Friday fair, in Ponte de Sor.

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End of match! Sporting 5 Fundão 2.

39 minutes: Felipe Leite, in good position, shoots off the right post of the leonine goal.

38 minutes: Long shot by Mário Freitas and save by Gonçalo Portugal for a corner.

Fundão’s 5×4 is confirmed, with Mário Freitas playing the role of forward goalkeeper.

Technical break requested by Nuno Couto, coach of Fundão. Trailing 2-5, with just under three minutes to go, it is quite likely that the coach of the Beira emblem will opt for the 5×4.

38 minutes: Alex Merlin’s strong shot, slightly over the bar.

36 minutes: Fundão scores! Nem, with a right foot, delivers a strong and well-placed shot to the top left corner of Gonçalo Portugal’s goal, reducing it to 5-2.

36 minutes: Guilherme Duarte, after evading Diego Cavinato’s marking, shoots a cross, with the ball coming out close to the left post of the goal that is now defended by Gonçalo Portugal.

36 minutes: Diego Cavinato’s shot for a beautiful save by Paulo Pereira.

Technical break requested by Nuno Dias, Sporting coach.

33 minutes: Fernando Cardinal cross, looking for Caio Ruiz, at the far post, but David Gomes, on the line, makes an excellent cut for the corner.

32 minutes: Second foul committed by Fundão.

32 minutes: Shot by Mário Freitas, the ball deflects on Fernando Cardinal and still hits the right post of Guitta’s goal before going out for a corner.

32 minutes: Yellow card to Michelangelo.

32 minutes: Second foul committed by Sporting.

31 minutes: Pany Varela’s frontal shot, but David Gomes manages the deflection to a corner and prevents another goal from the green and white team.

29 minutes: Sporting scores! Excellent collective play by the lions, with Pany Varela addressing the ball to Esteban Guerrero, with the Spaniard offering Pauleta the goal on a golden platter. 5-1.

28 minutes: Excellent work by Bebé on Pany Varela, on the right flank, with the shot from the winger beirão being returned by the crossbar of Guitta.

27 minutes: Pany Varela, leaning against the line, on the left, tries his luck, but the ball grazes the bar before going out.

25 minutes: Bebé and Guita’s long-range shot, with yet another extraordinary intervention, denies the Beiras a second.

24 minutes: First foul committed by Fundão.

24 minutes: Nem pass and Peleh shot off Guitta’s left post.

23 minutes: Sporting scores! Air ball by Alex Merlim and Fernando Cardinal, at the far post, without letting the ball fall to the ground, he scored the first to make it 4-1.

21 minutes: Shot by Iury Bahia for excellent defense by Guitta for a corner.

21 minutes: Nem’s shot, the ball bounces off Pany Varela and crashes into the right post of Guitta’s goal.

21 minutes: First foul committed by Sporting.

Start of the second part!

The lions arrive at half-time with an interesting advantage of two goals, built on a quality first half by Nuno Dias’ men, although far from the spectacularity of other matches. Fundão has also done it for life, as evidenced by the goal he scored after being down 0-2, but the feeling that remains from these first 20 minutes is that Sporting has completely controlled the operations, which is why he arrived, shortly after, the third goal, getting a comfortable cushion on the scoreboard.

Nothing has yet been decided, of course, but the Beira emblem will have to improve in the second half to try to reverse the course of events and prevent Sporting from stamping its presence in the play-off final today.

Break! Sporting 3 Fundão 1.

19 minutes: Kutchy, after a quick transition, shoots for Guitta to save.

19 minutes: Bebé’s long-range shot, targeting Guitta.

18 minutes: Fifth foul committed by Sporting.

17 minutes: Counterattack led by Nem, with the Brazilian’s well-placed shot being stopped by an excellent intervention by Guitta.

17 minutes: Second foul committed by Fundão.

16 minutes: Rui Moreira’s frontal shot for Guitta’s careful defense.

15 minutes: Iury Bahia, at the edge of the area, tries the first shot, but the ball goes over the bar of Guitta’s goal.

Technical break requested by Nuno Couto, coach of Fundão.

14 minutes: Pauleta’s shot, down the right flank, for Paulo Pereira’s careful defense.

13 minutes: Fourth foul committed by Sporting.

13 minutes: Sporting scores! Alex Merlim’s shot hits the post, but Esteban Guerrero, with his left foot, makes it 3-1 on the rebound.

12 minutes: Paulo Pereira, in a foray into the attack, shoots for Guitta’s defense.

11 minutes: Strong and well-placed shot by Alex Merlim, after evading Nem’s mark, but Paulo Pereira makes an excellent intervention and denies the lions a third goal.

9 minutes: Third foul committed by Sporting.

8 minutes: Fundão scores! Pass of Kutchy and Felipe Leite, in the center of the area, slope for 2-1.

7 minutes: Second foul committed by Sporting.

7 minutes: Assisted by Fernando Cardinal and Pauleta, with a heel, makes the ball pass very close to the left post of Paulo Pereira’s goal.

7 minutes: Crossed shot by Pauleta, to the side net of the goal, now guarded by Paulo Pereira.

Technical break requested by Nuno Dias, Sporting coach.

Luan Muller, Fundão’s goalkeeper, leaves injured. The Armenian international is being assisted off the field of play and the question remains whether or not he will be able to recover in time to give his contribution to the team again during this match. Meanwhile, Paulo Pereira is now defending the goal of the Beiras.

6 minutes: First foul committed by Sporting.

6 minutes: Sporting scores! Free-kick by Erick Mendonça and Fernando Cardinal, from close range, deflected it to 2-0.

6 minutes: First foul committed by Fundão.

6 minutes: Bebé’s shot, close to the left post of Guitta’s goal.

3 minutes: Diego Cavinato shot for a beautiful save by Luan Muller.

1 minute: Sporting scores! After just 11 seconds, a cross from Diego Cavinato and Iury Bahia, in the center of the area, unfortunately deflected it towards its own goal. 1-0.

Start of the match!

Fundão (initial five): Luan Muller, Nem, Mário Freitas ÇDavid Gomes and Iury Bahia

Substitutes: Paulo Pereira, Tiago Couto, Wilson Cabral, Felipe Leite, Kutchy, Peleh, Bebé, Rui Moreira and Guilherme Duarte

Coach: Nuno Couto

Sporting (starting five): Guitta, Erick Mendonça, João Matos ÇDiego Cavinato and Alex Merlin

Substitutes: Gonçalo Portugal, Fernando Cardinal, Pauleta, Pany Varela, Caio Ruiz, Miguel Ângelo and Esteban Guerrero

Coach: Nuno Dias

Referees: Rúben Santos (AF Porto) and André Franco (AF Leiria)

There are already teams!

Jorge Braz, national coach, is at the João Rocha Pavilion to watch the match between Sporting and Fundão live.

For this afternoon’s game, Nuno Dias left out Bernardo Paçó, Tomás Paçó, Zicky Té and Waltinho. Nuno Couto, on the other hand, cannot count on Thalles, who is injured and will not play again this season.

And it is good not to forget that this Fundão has already beaten Sporting in the current season: still in the regular phase, the 4th round was being played, the emblem beirão defeated the lions, by 4-2, in a match held in on October 23, 2021. In the second round, the story was different, with Sporting getting the best (6-3), in Alvalade, in a match of the 17th round, played on March 5, 2022.

The leonine emblem comes to this match at the head of the tie, after having won game 1 (6-4), which was played last Friday, at the Municipal Pavilion of Fundão, in what was, remember, one of the most spectacular matches in Portuguese futsal throughout the season. As a result of this triumph, Sporting can guarantee, today, a place in the play-off final, just by defeating Fundão again. But the beirões, as they showed in the game the day before yesterday, promise to create many difficulties for the lions again to force the black – which, if it happens, will be played next Thursday (7 pm).

Sporting will host Fundão this afternoon (3 pm), in game 2 of the semi-finals of the play-off of the national futsal championship, in a match that will take place at Pavilhão João Rocha, in Lisbon. BOLA online will follow all the incidents of this duel and, as such, come from there, dear reader. You are invited to be part of our team…

Good evening!


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