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UEFA Futsal Cup Elite Round Review: Kairat Slip Behind Inter Again

UEFA Futsal Cup Elite Round Review: Kairat Slip Behind Inter Again
In Spain, Cacau (L) and his AFC Kairat players weren't able to win their 2017/18 UEFA Futsal Cup elite round section (Photo credit: Inter FS Twitter)

Kazakhstan futsal champions Kairat failed to reach the UEFA Futsal Cup final tournament after being overcome by Spanish arch-rivals Inter in the elite round play.

The group D play involved hosts Inter FS, the reigning champions of the competition, Kazakhstan giants and two-time Futsal Cup holders AFC Kairat, Romanian club FC Deva and Portuguese outfit Braga/AAUM.

Kairat entered the stage aftermath their surprising loss to Belarusian side Stalitsa Minsk in main round earlier in the autumn which sent them into a harsh rivalry against the most successful European side.

Predictably, it was all about the Inter vs Kairat duel in which the two teams bagged maximum points haul before facing each other in the decisive meeting.

On the first marchday, Inter made a statement by outclassing Braga 7-0 to build a comfortable cushion in the race for a Final round spot.

Kairat only could cut the deficit to two goals after cruising past Deva 5-2 and defeating Braga 4-1 in the first two games of the section, while Inter narrowly beat the Romanians 2-1.

Consequently, Kairat needed the win over Inter on the third and final matchday to go through, a tall order when you take on the high-flying side with the phenomenal Ricardinho as a member of their squad.

The decider proved to be a tense and thrilling battle, with Almaty side coming from behind three times before losing their talismanic goalkeeper Higuita to a deserved red card.

Inter who had a slight advantage for the most of the match, instantly struck the fourth goal and then sealed the 5-3 victory through a double penalty to register a triumphant 100 percent-finish in the group.

Unable to avenge their defeat at the hands of the same opponents in the 2016/17 Cup semifinals at home, Kairat finished runners-up, failing to progress into last four for the second time in the past three seasons.

UEFA Futsal Cup Elite Round Group D

November 23

AFC Kairat v FC Deva 5-2 (2-1)
23/11/2017, Pabellon Jorge Garbajosa (Torrejón de Ardoz). Ref: Tomić (CRO), Lemal (BEL).
Kairat (KAZ): Higuita, Dudu – Taynan, Suleimenov, Leo, Douglas Jr., Zhamankulov, Daniel, Pershin, Alexandre Moraes, Dróth, Tayebi, Eduardo, Yesenamanov. HC: Cacau (BRA).
Deva (ROU): Toniţa, Savu – Panzaru, M.Matei, Paulo Ferreira, F.Matei, Ignat, Obadă, Stoica, Tacot, Csoma. HC: Marco López (ESP).
Goals: 0-1 M.Matei (2), 1-1 Leo (7), 2-1 Higuita (16), 3-1 Tayebi (22), 4-1 Leo (32), 4-2 M.Matei (34), 5-2 Tayebi (35).
YC: Taynan (26), Tacot (32).

Inter FS (ESP) v Braga/AAUM (POR) 7-0 (5-0)
Goals: 1-0 Elisandro (8), 2-0 Bruno Taffy (11), 3-0 Ricardinho (13), 4-0 Gadeia (17), 5-0 Gadeia (20), 6-0 Nilson Miguel (31 – OG), 7-0 Daniel Shiraishi (35).

November 24

Braga/AAUM v AFC Kairat 1-4 (0-3)
24/11/2017, Pabellon Jorge Garbajosa (Torrejón de Ardoz). Ref: Černý (CZE), Tomić (CRO).
Braga (POR): Ribeiro, Rocha Cardoso, Vítor Hugo – Schaefer, Ruan, Tiago Fernandes, Cássio, Lemos Abreu, Machado, Nilson Miguel, Cintra, Lopes, Rosa, Marinho. HC: Paulo Tavares (POR).
Kairat (KAZ): Higuita, Dudu – Taynan, Suleimenov, Leo, Tayebi, Zhamankulov, Daniel, Pershin, Alexandre Moraes, Dróth, Douglas Jr., Eduardo, Yesenamanov. HC: Cacau (BRA).
Goals: 0-1 Taynan (11), 0-2 Marinho (13 – OG), 0-3 Taynan (20), 1-3 Ruan (29), 1-4 Higuita (37).
YC: Tiago Fernandes (3), Cintra (38).

Inter FS v FC Deva 2-1 (2-0)
Goals: 1-0 Ricardinho (2), 2-0 Ortiz (9), 2-1 Paulo Ferreira (28).

November 26

AFC Kairat v Inter FS 3-5 (2-3)
26/11/2017, Pabellon Jorge Garbajosa (Torrejón de Ardoz). Ref: Tomić (CRO), Lemal (BEL).
Kairat (KAZ): Higuita, Dudu – Taynan, Suleimenov, Leo, Douglas Jr., Zhamankulov, Daniel, Pershin, Alexandre Moraes, Dróth, Tayebi, Eduardo, Yesenamanov. HC: Cacau (BRA).
Inter (ESP): Jesús Herrero, Álex González, Denis – Ortiz, Pola, Ricardinho, Gadeia, Bebe, Daniel Shiraishi, Soriano, Bruno Taffy, Rafael, Elisandro, Serginho. HC: Jesús Velasco (ESP).
Goals: 0-1 Ortiz (2), 1-1 Alexandre Moraes (4), 1-2 Elisandro (6), 2-2 Leo (8), 2-3 Ricardinho (16), 3-3 Leo (21), 3-4 Gadeia (34), 3-5 Gadeia (39 – 2P).
2PM: Ricardinho (36 – woodwork).
YC: Ortiz (11), Taynan (22), Higuita (23), Leo (30), Dróth (31), Douglas Jr. (32), Alexandre Moraes (39).
RC: Higuita (34 – 2nd YC).

FC Deva v Braga/AAUM 5-8 (2-1)
Goals: 1-0 Panzaru (9), 1-1 Machado (11), 2-1 Paulo Ferreira (20), 2-2 Machado (24), 2-3 Cintra (25), 2-4 Ruan (26), 2-5 Lopes (27), 3-5 M.Matei (31), 4-5 Obadă (31), 4-6 Machado (32), 4-7 Marinho (35), 4-8 Cintra (37), 5-8 Paulo Ferreira (40 – 2P).

Group D standings

 Pos  Team  Pld  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  Pts
 1  Inter FS
 3  3  0  0  14  4  +10  9
 2  AFC Kairat
 3  2  0  1  12  8  +4  6
 3  Braga/AAUM  3  1  0  2  9  16  -7  3
 4  FC Deva
 3  0  0  3  8  15  -7  0

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