Historic victory for Guatemala
The beautiful Domo hall was completely sold out when Guatemala faced Kazakhstan in their second match in the FIFA Futsal World Championship Guatemala 2000. The 7,500 spectators saw a very strong home team score three goals within 11 minutes for a 3-0 lead.
The crowd was delighted with their team's performance but in the second half it was Kazakhstan who piled on the pressure.The exciting game became even more dramatic when Kazakhstan got the equaliser to make it 5-5, but 22 seconds before the final whistle, Guatemala scored the sixth goal and the atmosphere in the hall was ecstatic. Thus, Guatemala won their first match in their first participation in a FIFA tournament. Their hero was Hector De Mata who scored four goals.
Brazil had a tough job in their match against Portugal. The two teams, who had each won their first match in this competition, produced an attractive game which ended goalless in the first half. Portugal played with a lot of discipline and good organisation against the current World Champions but tired in the second half and the Brazilians took advantage to score four goals in a comfortable 4-0 victory.
In the Teodoro Flores hall, Russia got their second victory in as many matches, beating Costa Rica 6-1. The result was surprisingly high, for also Russia are among the favourites to win this World Championship, Costa Rica had played well against Australia. But they were unable to repeat their performance against Russia.
The biggest victory was that of Croatia who had no problem to get all three points against Australia. The Croatians won 6-0 in a match that left the Aussies with no chance and no points after two games.