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Spain gain sweet revenge in claiming World Futsal crown

Spain's goalscoring heroes - Javi Sánchez (left) and Javi Rodríguez - celebrate (©Reuters)

Two goals in the last five minutes by Javi Rodríguez gave Spain a shock 4-3 win over Brazil in the Final of the fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship in Guatemala City.

Repeat
In a repeat of the 1996 Final in Barcelona, when Brazil ran out 6-4 winners, the sell-out crowd of 7,500 at the Domo Hall were treated to a thrilling encounter. Spain went in front with a penalty, converted by Daniel after just two minutes, and Javi Sánchez scored an outstanding goal for the Europeans a few seconds before the end of the first half. In between Anderson had equalised for Brazil, winners of the three previous five-a-side world titles.
Portugal secured the third place with a 4-2 win over Russia.

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