Spain ride second-half surge
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Defending champions Spain struck for four unanswered goals during an eight-minute span in the second half to turn a one-goal deficit into a 5-2 Group F second round victory over Russia at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008 on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Sergey Zuev kept the Russians in the match with two key saves in the first half, but he proved mortal over the final 20 minutes. Zuev denied Javi Rodriguez and Borja in the second and 13th minutes respectively. Spain, however, beat him in the 13th minute as Marcelo set up Alvaro on a nice pass. The Russians equalised five minute later as Dmitry Prudnikov faked his way past a Spain defender and beat goalkeeper Luis Amado.

Amado gifted Russia a 2-1 lead in the 27th minute when he lost the ball in the corner to Sirilo. He passed the ball to skipper Konstantin Maeskiy, who had little problems shooting into an empty net. But Spain did not put their heads down. Instead, they pushed up. Zuev was up to his old tricks again in the 31st minute, saving a shot by Fernando. But seconds later he could not stop a Torras blast which levelled the scores at 2-2. 

Only two minutes later Spain took the lead following a Daniel penalty kick. Trying for the equaliser, Russia replaced Zuev for an extra attacker. However, it was the world champions who took advantage of the move. After the Russians lost the ball, Rodriguez scored into an empty goal in the 39th minute. Seconds later, Amado, the goalkeeper, managed to get possession of the ball and sent a shot from his goal into the Russian net.