The four South American teams cheer on the eighth of the Futsal World Cup

The four South American teams cheer on the eighth of the Futsal World Cup

The protagonists tend to say that the World Cups begin in the second round. Those who saved something in the group stage must risk everything, because from now on a defeat sends you back home.

The Conmebol teams sang a plenary session in the round of 16, with different balances and a fratricidal duel, they will face the search for the title in a Futsal World Cup that gives no one respite.

Brazil, Portugal, Russia and Spain start as huge favorites to pass, but surprises abounded in the last 16 of the last edition. In Colombia 2016, Brazil and Italy, two of the favorites for the title, were surprisingly eliminated by Iran and Egypt, respectively.

But let’s analyze how they arrived and the possibilities of each of the South American representatives, starting with the duel that will deposit one of them in the quarterfinals.

Argentina vs Paraguay (Thursday, in Vilnius):

World champion Argentina obtained a perfect score in Group F, with a historic win over the United States, a convincing victory against Serbia and a match that resolved some questions about fair play against Iran. It is that, unbelievably, coming second in Group F gave a priori a more accessible table towards the finals, without crossing with Brazil Russia, two of the main candidates for the title.

But Lucuix’s team did not speculate, he beat the Iranians and goes for the defense of his crown, where the first obstacle that appears is Paraguay. Argentina has a hallmark: high pressure to recover and two pivots that make a difference and at the same time are different: with Alan Brandi a lot of back play and shots for penetrations. With Titi Borruto, fantasy, inspiration and rebellion assured.

Those of Chilavert only lost to Spain, a 0-4 too bulky especially for what the ALbirroja did in the first half. Then he thrashed Angola and defeated Japan with just enough and thus avoided Brazil in the second round, but he knows that Argentina is not so much easier.

Paraguay’s weapons are the same as always: a lot of order, a serious defense, and the ball goes to the Salas and Rejala brothers so that they can resolve on offense. The cons, a very short squad, which makes him physically suffer at the closing of the games.

The winner of this match will face the winner of the cross between Russia and Vietnam in the quarterfinals on September 26.

Venezuela vs Morocco (Wednesday, in Kaunas)

La Vinotinto has been confirming the great World Cup that many imagined. He beat Costa Rica in the debut, beat the local by the minimum in the worst of his three games and drew with the powerful Kazakhstan, a game that allowed him to score the same points as his rival, but left him second in the Group A.

Those led by Freddy Gonzalez managed to add tactical order to their usual offensive talent. In this way the team looks compact, without losing the ability to hurt the front goal, especially when the ball falls on Chavela Vidal’s feet.

They will face Morocco, a team that finished second to Portugal in Zone C, after drawing the last match 3 to 3 with the Portuguese. Morocco is a team with a lot of individual technique, some very interesting individuals but with a marked defensive fragility.

If Venezuela advances, the most likely thing is that it will face Brazil in the fourth, which should pass Japan without major problems in the round of 16.

Brazil vs Japan (Wednesday, in Kaunas)

If it were for the potential of the squad and for what has been shown so far, Brazil should spend the last day looking for the champion trophy. But the beauty of this sport is that until the final whistle blows, the last word is not said in a match. And much less in a tournament.

Brazil arrived here with a full of victories, 18 goals in favor and only 2 against. A true futsal hurricane, which includes a repertoire of quality and quantity of players and the best pivot (and perhaps the best player) in the world, Ferrao.

What can Japan oppose you? the usual: physical battle of intensity, deployment and speed. A priori it seems little to stop Brazil.

This is how the round of 16 pairings were

Wednesday September 22

Russia – Vietnam, in Vilnius

Venezuela – Morocco, in Kaunas

Thursday September 23

Kazakhstan – Thailand, in Kaunas

Argentina – Paraguay, in Vilna

Brazil – Japan

Friday September 24

Uzbekistan – Iran, in Vilnius

Portugal – Serbia, in Kaunas

Spain – Czech Republic


Group A

Kazakhstan 6-1 Costa Rica

Lithuania 1-2 Venezuela

Costa Rica 0 – Venezuela 1

Lithuania 0 – Kazakhstan 3

Egypt 1 – Uzbekistan 2

Venezuela 1 – Kazakhstan 1

B Group

Russia 9- Egypt 0

Uzbekistan 4- Guatemala 5

Egypt 6 – Guatemala 3

Uzbekistan 2 – Russia 4

Guatemala 1 -Russia 4

Costa Rica 6 – Lithuania 2

Group C

Morocco 6-Solomon Islands 0

Portugal 4-Thailand 1

Solomon Islands 0 – Portugal 7

Thailand 1- Morocco 1

Solomon Islands 4 – Thailand 9

Portugal 3 – Morocco 3

Group D

Brazil 9- Vietnam 1

Czech Republic 5- Panama 1

Panama 2- Vietnam 3

Brazil 4 – Czech Republic 0

Czech Republic 1 – Vietnam 1

Brazil 5 – Panama 1

Group E

Angola 4- Japan 8

Spain 4- Paraguay 0

Spain 4 – Japan 2

Paraguay 4 – Angola 1

Japan 1- Paraguay 2

Spain 4 – Angola 1

Group F

Iran 3-Serbia 2

Argentina 11- United States 0

Iran 4 – United States 2

Argentina 4 – Serbia 2

United States 0 – Serbia 7

Argentina 2 – Iran 1

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