Catalonia on cloud nine after convincing win over Basque

May 17, 2017



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The second match on day one of the 2017 IFA Women's Futsal World Cup was the Spanish derby between Basque and Catalonia. The Catalans on home turf were looking to use this to their advantage, and they did so in a convincing win over the Basque country.


Catalonia dominated the first quarter of the game, and took a quick-fire two goal lead after only three minutes. They further extended their advantage before half time, with the third and fourth goals coming before the break. After the interval they added another couple of quickfire goals to make it 6-0, and then added a further three goals to take their tally to nine.


With less than a minute on the clock, Catalonia took the lead. Celia Velasco Calvo weaved her way down the left, fed the ball into Anna Arnau Pidevall, who cleverly flicked the ball with the outside of her foot into the path of Alma Cruz Dominguez, and it was an easy finish into an open goal to break the deadlock.


Only a few minutes later, the Catalans doubled their lead. Pidevall drove towards goal, slipped it left into the path of Calvo, who with her back to goal, spun, sent the Basque goalkeeper the wrong way with a clever dummy and slotted the ball home.


After the rapid start from Catalonia, Basque began to get a foot hold in the game. Amaia Lopez closed down Catalonia goalkeeper Sara Carrera Arroyo and almost got the luck of the rebounded clearance, but the ball fell just wide of the post. Catalonia were causing themselves problems at the back, as another short back pass was intercepted by Lopez, but she couldn't get her shot on target.


Half time was closing in quick and the Catalans were eager to extend their lead. Fantastic footwork from Aina Moya presented Belen Entrena Garcia with the opportunity to score the third goal for her team but Basque goalkeeper Irantzu Iparragu produced a stunning save, spreading herself across the goal and blocking the shot tremendously well with her arm.


The third goal did come soon after for Catalonia, Pidevall played in Moya, who rounded the goalkeeper with ease and chipped the ball cheekily into the net.


With seconds left in the first half, Catalonia made it four. A low corner from Ana Rodriquez was expertly finished first time at the front post by Moya.


Half Time: Catalonia 4-0 Basque


With less than twenty seconds on the second half clock, Catalonia added their fifth goal. Pidevall and Dominquez had a neat interchange on the edge of the box before Pidevall struck the ball low into the bottom corner.


Catalonia scored their sixth goal of the game through Celia Velasco Calvo. The ball began with the goalkeeper, and through neat passing and excellent footwork, Calvo found herself in space at the edge of the box to smash the ball home from six yards out.


No more than a minute later it was goal number seven for the Catalans. Rodriguez chipped the ball down the line for Pidevall, and her first touch was exquisite in order to get the ball out of her feet, and she slipped it through the legs of the onrushing Basque keeper.


Goal number eight for Catalonia arrived courtesy of Ana Rodriguez. Moya's chipped corner found Rodriguex unmarked four yards from goal and she cushioned her header into the roof of the net.


The last kick of the match gave Catalonia their ninth goal. An excellent one-two between Moya and Rodriguez gave Moya the whole goal to aim at, and she duly delivered, knocking the ball into the empty net.


Basque held strong for a while in the game, but the youngest squad in the competition were done by the quality of the Catalonia side, who go into tomorrow's match full of confidence.

Full Time: Catalonia 9-0 Basque

Catalonia: 1 - Sara Carrera Arroyo, 6 - Aina Moya Tey, 7- Laura Viura Salas, 14- Marina Flor Martinez, 17- Sara Carvalho Simoes Viana Crespo, 18- Alma Cruz Dominguez, 11- Ana Rodriguez Troyano, 9- Julia Sabaté Valls, 8- Anna Arnau Pidevall, 4- Celia Velasco Calvo, 10- Belen Entrena García


MVP: Ana Rodriguez was in fantastic form for Catalonia, driving her team forward and involved in numerous goals.


Team B: 1 - Irantzu Iparragu, 14 - Olatz Lago Silvestre, 11 - Laida Ormazabal Calleja, 10 - Arantxa Ortiz Elorza, 4 - Elixabet Oyarbide Aranburu, 8 - Irati Iparragirre Gorospe, 2 - Idoia Gorrotxategi Ibargoyen, 19 - Ane Altolaguirre Telleria, 7 - Olaia Aguilar Iparraguirre, 18 - Luzia Urquiola Azpiaz, 3 Amaia Lopez Aizpeolea

MVP: Amaia Lopez didn't stop working from start to finish and showed a composed head when on the ball.



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