Russia Rises as Dominant Force as FIFA Futsal World Cup Enters Quarterfinals
By Tim Sheldon
As we enter the Quarterfinals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, we see
Russia as the dominant force. Going by the statistics, Russia should defeat Spain and
continue on to the Semifinals, where they will defeat Ukraine, and then to the Final,
where they will down Brazil and hoist the Futsal World Cup.
(Photo: No has scored on Russia yet in the FIFA Futsal World Cup.)
Argentina-Brazil: Brazil is a very popular favorite to win the Cup.
They ran through their group undefeated with 20 goals for and two against, and then
flattened Panama 16-0 in the Round of 16. Argentina finished second in their group behind
Italy and were 14-5 in goals for and against. Argentina are sixth in team scoring, but
have had no weak opponents to run up the score on. Their top scorer, Cristian Borruto, is
14th overall. Brazil's Fernandinho is second, Je is fourth and Rodrigo ninth. Brazil has
Falcao back from an injury, while Argentina has lost Matias Lucuix. Argentina has been our
surprise pick to win the World Cup after winning CONMEBOL ahead of Brazil, but the
statistics favor Brazil.
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