Russia into semis, Argentina in trouble

Did you know?

  • Ilia Fedorov is Russia’s top goalscorer, having found the net five times at Buenos Aires 2018. Impressively, the clinical forward scored in all four of his country’s group matches: twice versus Costa Rica, and once in the games against Brazil, Solomon Islands and Iran.
  • When Salim Al-Darraji got on the scoresheet for Iraq on Friday, it was the second time – out of a total of 112 goals – that a goalkeeper had hit the back of the net during the tournament.

What’s next

(13 October)Costa Rica-Iran, Group B, Main Futsal HallSolomon Islands-Brazil, Group B, CeNARD HallPanama-Argentina, Group A, Main Futsal HallEgypt-Slovakia, Group A, CeNARD Hall

Practically anything can happen in Group A, where Iraq occupy first place (seven points, with a +7 goal difference) but have played all of their games and must wait to see what happens in the encounters involving Egypt (seven points, +6 goal difference) and Argentina (four points, +1 goal difference).

The Egyptians require just a point against Slovakia to clinch a spot in the last four, and could even advance if they suffer a defeat. In the event of a loss to the already-eliminated Europeans, the Africans’ fate would depend on how Argentina perform against Panama.

In order to keep their destiny in their own hands, La Albiceleste require a six-goal victory over the Panamanians. A success by a smaller margin may see their fans bring out their pocket calculators in the stands. However, a draw or a defeat will automatically eliminate the South Americans.

In Group B, all that remains is to determine the order in which semi-finalists Brazil and Russia will finish.

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