Russia get to UEFA Futsal EURO-2018


On Sunday, 9 April the Russian futsal team played their second match in the qualifying round of the UEFA Futsal EURO-2018. At the mini-tournament in Turkey Russia played against Slovakia and claimed a 1:0 victory that ensured our team the first place in Group G and the qualification to the final stage of the competition that will take place in February 2018 in Slovenian capital Ljubljana. 

It shall be noted that a day earlier Russia defeated France 5:0.

Russia – Slovakia 1:0 (0:0)

Goal: Robinho, 37.

Russia: Zamtaradze, Putilov - Lyskov, Afanasiev, Shayakhmetov (c), Eder Lima, Davydov, Chishkala, Milovanov, Batyrev, Abramovich, Abramov, Niyazov, Robinho.

Russia will play their last match at the qualifying tournament on 11 April against the hosts Turkey that lost to France 1:5 and is deprived of any chances to qualify. 

It shall be mentioned that the group winners qualify directly to the final stage of the UEFA Futsal EURO. Seven runners-up and the best third placed team will challenge four more places in the finals in the play-off matches to take place in September 2017.

Ivan Chishkala, a forward of the Russian futsal team:

- The game versus Slovakia was very complicated which you can see even by the score. We couldn’t score for a long time; the playing ground has very hard sticky carpet here which brings to nought all strong sides of our team. And it was even twice harder to play against such a disciplined team like Slovakia. They have very stubborn players with good good physical abilities and greatest commitment. We had a lot of difficulties in this match. We didn’t make use of many chances but, thanks God, managed to score in the end of the match. But, of course, we should work on it.