Brazil have qualified for the last 16 of the FIFA Futsal World Cup with a game to spare after an emphatic 13-0 victory over Libya in Nakhon Ratchasima. The reigning champions were in imperious form as they swept aside Group C’s underdogs with a display that showed just how determined they are to hold on to their title.
Libya began the game assuredly but their resistance was finally worn down by a spectacular opener from Gabriel in seven minutes, sent screaming into the top corner following a quick set piece. Seconds later, Rodrgio doubled Brazil’s advantage minute later with a very different type of goal, stealing in unmarked to score from close range, and the same player made it 3-0 shortly after.
Rodrigo showed the other side of his game on 15 minutes, holding the ball up intelligently for Neto to score, and Fernandinho added a fifth with half-time approaching.
The floodgates opened in the second period, with a Mohamed Rahoma own goal, a second for Fernandinho and Je’s first putting Brazil eight ahead with nine minutes still to play. Just eight seconds separated Brazil’s seventh and eighth goals, and another two from the on-song Fernandinho took the score into double figures soon after.
And there was still time for Je to complete his hat-trick and set up Rafael to get into the scoring act before Libya’s misery was complete, as Brazil qualified with a flourish.
“It was a match we took seriously from the first minute until the end and that’s why we managed to win tonight by such big margin. I’m happy with the result,” Marcos Sorato, Brazil coach.
“It was hard to play against the defending champions and there is a big gap between the two teams. When the difference in the scoreline is more than four or five goals, it is very hard to get back into the game,” Libya coach Pablo Prieto.