FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016

FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016

10 September - 1 October

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016

Old hands versus newcomers

(L-R) Ramiz Chovdarov, Vassoura, Rizvan Farzaliyev and Emin Kurdov of Azerbaijan celebrate after the FIFA Futsal World Cup Round of 16 match
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Four teams, one goal: to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. With the final now just two wins away, experienced sides face newcomers in the last eight. FIFA.comlooks ahead to the second day of quarter-final action.

Match of the day*Azerbaijan-Portugal, 18:00 (local time)
*While it is no great surprise to see Portugal among the last eight, the same cannot be said of Azerbaijan. The tournament debutants have progressed to the quarter-finals at the first attempt, impressing with a compact yet very attacking style of play. That much was evident in the last round when they scored 13 goals past Thailand. However, the victory came at a high cost: not only was it physically draining, the side also lost a number of players to suspension. Leading striker Vassoura, who has six goals so far, Fineo and the excellent goalkeeper Rovshan Huseynli will all be absent with bans for accumulating yellow cards.

The latter, in particular, would have been crucial against Ricardinho. Portugal's No10 leads the scoring charts with 11 goals, is the side's key figure and captain and has played superbly at the tournament. Yet the Iberians are by no means a one-man team, as they have the best defence at the competition having conceded just twice to date.

The other matchArgentina face Egypt in the day's first fixture. The north Africans are surprise participants in the last eight and have reached this stage for the first time ever. After finishing third in the group phase, they knocked out the hotly favoured Italians in the Round of 16. Although the *Pharaohs *were put under great pressure they went ahead three times, so Argentina will have to be wary of their clinical finishing. The South Americans struggled to overcome Ukraine for long periods and peppered their goal, but remained patient and were eventually rewarded. A similar game against Egypt could be on the cards.

Player to watchEmin Kurdov (AZE)*
*With goalkeeper Huseynli suspended, stand-in custodian Kurdov will take his place. The Azerbaijan No1 has not yet featured at the tournament so will make his Futsal World Cup debut in the quarter-finals. The 32-year-old can expect to be busy against Ricardinho and Co.

The stat 70– The number of shots on goal Italy had against Egypt, of which only three found the back of the net. Egypt's next opponents, Argentina, even had 73 shots in their Round of 16 clash with Ukraine. It will be intriguing to see how the north Africans try to contain such an attacking threat.

The words"We need to make sure that we can play our game, but at the same time we have to adapt to Azerbaijan. They're very well organised and have a very intelligent coach. It'll definitely be difficult but we should still try to enjoy it. After all, we're representing our country." *Jorge Braz, Portugal coach

Match schedule*Quarter-finalsArgentina-Egypt (15:30, Coliseo Ivan de Bedout, Medellin)
Azerbaijan-Portugal (18:00, Coliseo el Pueblo, Cali)

(All kick-off times given are local)

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