European Championship qualifying: Italy also defeat Romania. Spain match set to be decisive.

European Championship qualifying: Italy also defeat Romania. Spain match se

Italy Women’s National Futsal Team made it two wins from two European Championship qualifying matches as they beat Romania 8-2. This followed on from a 6-1 victory against Poland, meaning that they sit on six points together with Spain at the top of Group 1. As a result, the match between the hosts and the Azzurre on Saturday will be decisive as both look to finish in first place and thus progress to February’s knockout finals.

The match against Romania was a comfortable affair for Italy, with seven different players scoring as they notched up eight goals. The first was scored from a penalty by Bruna Borges Da Silva with just 14 seconds played after Roberta Giuliano had been brought down in the area. Federica Belli doubled the Azzurre’s lead five minutes later, before Sofia Luciani made it three just before the 12th minute mark following Arianna Pomposelli’s assist. Captain Ersilia D’Incecco rounded off the scoring in the first half with a strike after 13 minutes.

 The second half followed a similar script as Nicoletta Mansueto made it 5-0 just 36 seconds after the restart, before Giuliano and Pomposelli struck to extend Italy’s lead. Romania, however, managed to restore a bit of pride and reduced the arrears through Raduc and Barabasi after 29 and 33 minutes respectively. But Italy had the final say as Giuliano scored her second of the game from the edge of the area three minutes from time to make the final score 8-2.

*Women’s futsal European Championship qualifying groups (main round)

Group 1: Spain (hosts), Italy, Romania, Poland
Group 2: Russia, Slovenia, Croatia (hosts), Sweden
Group 3: Kazakhstan, Ukraine (hosts), Hungary, Belarus
Group 4: Portugal (hosts), Serbia, Czech Republic, Finland

*The four group winners progress to February’s knockout finals

Group 1 fixtures, results and standings

First matchday (12 September)
ITALY 6-1 Poland
Spain 12-1 Romania

Second matchday (13 September)
Romania 2-8 ITALY
Spain 8-0 Poland

Standings: Spain and Italy 6 points, Poland and Romania 0

Third matchday (15 September – all times CEST)
16:30: Poland-Romania
19:00: Spain-ITALY

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