Italy have preserved their unblemished record at Thailand 2012 with a 5-2 win over Mexico that consigns El Tri to elimination.
Gli Azzurri now advance to the last 16 as Group D winners, while the Mexicans head for home having lost all three of their matches at this FIFA Futsal World Cup. Italy were good value for their victory, although it took them until the 18th minute to find a breakthrough, with Marco Ercolessi slotting home from edge of the box after Adrian Gonzalez’s pass had been cut out by Rodolfo Fortino.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though and Mexico drew level three minutes into the second half, Morgan Plata popping up to stab a right-foot shot high into the net after his attempted cross had been deflected back into his path. However, Ercolessi quickly re-established Italy’s lead, peeling away from his marker to prod home Jairo Dos Santos’s measured left-foot cross, and Fortino made it 3-1 soon after.
Plata reduced the deficit with a terrific goal, scooping the ball over the advancing Valerio Barigelli after a long solo run, but Italy again replied almost immediately, with Fortino side-footing home from close range. And there was still time for Luca Leggioro to put Italy out of sight with a long-range that flew in at the keeper’s near post via a deflection off the hapless Rodriguez.
"The match wasn't easy. Mexcio wanted to get their first points at a World Cup and they wanted to give a good performance against us. Also, we knew we were already in the next round and didn’t play with full concentration," Roberto Menichelli, Italy coach.
"We played well at the start of the match, with a good strategy. Sometimes we lack experience but thats normal for a team like us. Unfortunately this is a sport that doesn’t forgive any mistakes and we took too many risks when the score was 3-2." Ramon Raya, Mexico coach.