Sweden slay Spain in dominating performance

May 17, 2017


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Sweden put Spain to the sword and showed they are strong contenders for the IFA Futsal World Cup with a 23-0 victory over Spain in the opening match of the tournament.


Sweden dominated the match from the first whistle and did not give up until the end as Spain struggled to gain any sort of foothold in the match. There were stand out performances from Daniela Chamoun, Nazanin Vaseghpanah and Pernilla Jansson.


Sweden did not allow Spain any time to settle and the away side scored the opening goal of the match through Chamoun, with a close range finish inside the penalty area.


Spain had their first attempt at goal in the sixth minute of the match. Some neat footwork on the right wing from Ivette Agell opened up space for the shot and she aimed for the top corner but the Isabella Gustavsson tipped it over.


Sweden doubled their lead in the ninth minute. Vasegpanah, Chamuon and Susan Kiryon combined well on the edge of the penalty area and freed up space for Elin Skold to smash the ball into the top corner from ten yards out.


Spain, who at this point still had some hope of causing Sweden problems, mustered their first shot on the 11 minute mark. Nuria Farran used her strength to shoot from long range but the ball flew high and wide past the post.


Sweden however were not deterred and looked as composed as ever. Their calmness and unflustered demeanour was validated when Vaseghpanah scored from a corner after unleashing a stunning strike from 25 yards.


Chamoun doubled her account with a goal from a similar spot to her first, to make it 4-0.


It was 5-0 to Sweden soon and it came from splendid build-up play. Ida Hedstad and Sandra De Brun Kenk worked their way up the court, teasing the Spanish defenders as they passed around them. Spain goalkeeper Alba Valencia saved the initial shot but Jansson was on hand to steer home the rebound with her left foot.


Sweden’s Sibel Izguden laid the first claim to goal of the match with a spectacular left foot strike into the top corner, again from a corner.


Chamoun had been the main playmaker for Sweden in the opening minutes but now Vaseghpanah began to assume more control. She was dictating the match from the middle of the court and helped keep Spain pinned back, retaining possession and driving forward in Zidane-esque fashion.


In the final minutes of the first period there were three more goals from Sweden. Chamoun achieved her hat-trick and then grabbed a fourth, and Amanda Alfredsson also got herself on the score-sheet. It could’ve been more, if not for Valencia in goal who produced two amazing saves from Kiryo and Chamoun.


Half Time: Spain 0-8 Sweden


Sweden attacked immediately in the second half and could have scored two goals in two minutes, but a combination of good defending from Magui Anatasova and profligate finishing meant the score remained at 8-0 for the visitors.


A few moments later Sweden were rewarded for their attacking prowess with Jansson netting from a powerful strike from the left of the box. The next goal showed the Sweden's full arsenal of capabilities, going from the extreme power of Jansson to a delicate chip from Vaseghpanah. The ball rolled to the playmaker on the right of the area and she deftly lifted it over Valencia with a beautiful first-time finish.


Skold scored a tap-in to make it 11-0 and then, seconds later, another close-range shot after Vaseghpanah assisted with a cute back-heel pass. Izguden scored her second of the match before Chamoun netted once more.


Spain defended better and enjoyed more possession to keep Sweden at bay for a while, but amazing play from the visitors sparked the team into life again. A pinpoint diagonal pass from the left foot of Chamoun found Vaseghpanah who, with her back facing the goal, crossed the ball with one touch. Skold timed her run perfectly and she duly slotted home.


Chamoun and Vaseghpanah linked up once more to provide the latter with a goal, volleying first time after persistent pressing inside the Spain penalty area from her diminutive team-mate.


Kiryo added another two goals to her account and Izguden grabbed herself a hat-trick. Spain also conceded an own goal as the second period began to draw to a close.


Agell almost gave Spain something to celebrate as she drove towards goal fired a shot at Gustavsson, but the Swedish keeper remained alert and saved well.


The Swedes completed their scoring in style with goals from Jansson and Chamoun, who was awarded MVP. Chamoun and Vaseghpanah were the top players for their team but while the latter played like Zidane, there were moments when Chamoun could be mistaken for Messi. Her skill and imagination was a joy to watch as her left foot worked its magic, and she will be a player to watch for the rest of the tournament.

Full Time: Spain 0-23 Sweden

Spain: 1- Alba Valencia (GK), 2- Tania Garcia, 3- Rebeka Pesado, 4- Marta Pla, 5- Magui Anatasova, 6- Andrea Agudo, 7- Marta Enrich, 9- Noemi Pino, 10- Núria Farrán (C), 11- Ana Melero, Ivette Agell, 15- Thais Farrán, 23- Cristina Quevedo


MVP: Ivette Agell. She never gave up and always put in the maximum amount of effort she could. She was also Spain's only real threat going forward.


Sweden: 1- Isabella Gustavsson (GK), 4- Amanda Alfredsson, 5- Elin Skold, 6- Sandra De Brun Kenk, 7- Pernilla Jonsson, 8- Sibel Izguden, 9- Ida Hedstad, 10- Nazanin Vaseghpanah (C), 11- Susan Kiryo, 12- Daniela Chamoun, 13- Diala Elia, 18- Jama Jammeh


MVP: Daniela Chamoun. The Messi-esque playmaker put Spain under constant threat whenever she touched the ball. Her passing and skill was always exciting and was involved in the majority of her team's goals.

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