Day one U21 WC: Russia is the first team which qualified for the quarterfinals
Prague - The very first day of the World Minifootball Championship of Under-21 players, which is held from Thursday to Sunday by Prague's sports hall Jedenáctka, offered up the first qualifier. Two victories in the basic Group A mean a clear advancing from the first place to the quarterfinals for Russia.
In a group, where due to the absence of Iraq only three teams remained, Russians defeated Tunisia smoothly 8:2 and they also beat Hungary 2:0 in the top match of the first day. Both goals were scored in the last two minutes when Pavel Farafonov succeeded in a direct free kick and then Rustam Ramazanov made the game safe with the second goal. Tunisia and Hungary will struggle to advance from the second place in Friday's mutual duel.
A home match with Japan where the Czech youths smoothly won 7:1 attracted, of course, many spectators. On Friday the Czech national team will meet a strong Colombia and also Switzerland which defeated South American opponent 2:5 in the first match. "We are very happy to have entered the championship with a win which will help us mentally in the next matches on Friday and then in the elimination stages", said Czech defender Tomas Mařík.
The first day of the world premiere minifootball championship has also offered matches with many scored goals. England crushed India 14:0 when Henry Limpitshi Bongwang scored five goals which brought him to the lead of the striker's table of the tournament.
Senegal defeated Guatemala in the following game 11:0 and Slovakia made a smooth 8:2 match against Slovenia. Austria's match against Italy brought an evenly matched game, a reassuring third goal was scored by an Italian shooter Alexsandar Duric in the last minute.
On Friday afternoon the championship continues with matches in the base groups when Japan will challenge Switzerland. This match will then be followed by a game between the Czech Republic and Colombia.
Photo: Petr Hrnčíř
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