Spain reach final four
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A 2-1 victory over Argentina at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelson means that Spain have qualified for the semi-finals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008.

Argentina were dealt a huge blow on the eve of their match as their captain Carlos Sanchez was forced to miss the game with a leg injury. The injury forced the South Americans into a reshuffle and, as a result, it was perhaps no surprise that Spain looked strong from the start.

Javi Rodriguez, Kike and Torras, but Javier Guisande in the Argentina goal was equal to all of them. Argentina arguably created the better chance of the opening stages when Matias Lucuix forced Luis Amado into a fine save, but in the 15th minute, Spain took the lead when Fernando hammered the ball into the Argentina net.

The reply was almost immediate. Fernando Wilhelm's had saw his shot deflected on to the post by Martin Amas, but they got the goal their efforts deserved when Hernan Garcias slotted the ball home with two seconds of the half remaining.

Ortiz put Spain 2-1 ahead in the 24th minute, but once again, Argentina refused to lie down. Wilhelm rattled the crossbar three minutes after the goal, although that was their only noteworthy effort with the Europeans working hard to contain their rivals.

While Spain celebrate, Argentina now need a win in their final group match against Russia on Tuesday to stand a chance of progressing.