Russians break records in Brasilia (31-2 win over Solomon Islands)


Records tumbled today at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia. Russia’s 31-2 goal victory over the Solomon Islands is a new record for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, beating Brazil’s 29-2 goal thrashing of Guatemala eight years ago. In doing so, it was also the match which provided the most goals in the tournament’s history.

Pula, the Russian No7, who grabbed a hat-trick of hat-tricks during the match has also become the record goalscorer in one FIFA Futsal World Cup match. His record came in the 28th of the match to put his side 24-1 up.

Yet, despite all of the Russian goals, the loudest cheers were reserved for Jack Wetney and Micah Lea’alafa who grabbed the two consolation strikes for the Solomon Islands in the 23rd and 28th minutes respectively.

History was made ten minutes later when Nikolay Pereverzev slotted home to break the record. Ironically in a game which saw four players score four goals or more, it was his first and only goal of the match.

A total of 69 per cent of Russia’s shots on goal found their way past the Solomons’ unfortunate keeper Alick Lioka and they now return to Oceania with no points from their four games, having conceded 69 goals, an average of 17.25 per game.

Solomon Island coach Victor Wai’ia summed up his sides tournament with emphasis on the valuable experience gained by playing against the worlds best.

“Just being part of this World Cup has been a fantastic experience, because we’ve played such strong opponents. My team didn’t play well in the first half today, but we were better after the break,” Wai’ia said.

Match report and photos are available here.

Source : FIFA.com
Published : 6/102/008

Comments 1

  1. Wow…… not a good result for Oceania. As I have previously mentioned i think Oceania will only get a half spot for future world cup events. Possibly with Asia but as Japan and China (the 3rd and 4th ranked Asian sides) aren’t going so well maybe with another south american side.

    I have heard a rumor that Scott Gilligan has been employed as Futsal Development Officer for Oceania…… seems he’ll have plenty of work if it’s true.

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