Italy moved closer to the second group phase of the FIFA Futsal World Cup with a solid 3-1 Group B win over Portugal on Saturday.
Both teams began the match with the same game plan, using quick ball movement and having players rotating trying to find space.
Portugal, led by Ricardinho and Arnaldo, looked better in the early stages. But it was Italy who took control behind the stellar play of goalkeeper Alexandre Feller and the fact that Portugal committed many fouls.
The Italians struck first as defender Grana converted a kick from the second penalty-kick spot, although he missed another one in the last second of the opening half. If a team commits five fouls in futsal, the opposing side receives a free kick with no wall from the second penalty-kick spot.
Both teams had their opportunities in the second half as Italy's Adriano Foglia failed to convert a one-on-one situation with Portugal goalkeeper Joao Bendito and Portugal's Bibi hit the post with a spectacular kick.
Italy added to their lead as Grana and Saad Assis converted free kicks before Ricardinho, regarded as Portugal's best player, brought one back for his side in the closing seconds.