Argentina dreaming of Brazil knockout


KUALA LUMPUR: Argentina want blood and they are bent on achieving their ambition against fancied Brazil in the grand final of the KL World Futsal (five-a-side) tournament at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil here today. 

Coach Fernando Larranaga said they had never beaten Brazil in their Futsal history and they hope to achieve this feat in grand fashion at a Cup final. 

“We hope to bury this old rivalry once and for all and be crowned champions over Brazil for the first time. We have never beaten them in all our countless meetings. 

“It would be a grand occasion to do it in the final tomorrow (today),'' said Larranaga after their narrow come from behind 2-1 win over Asian giants Iran in the semi-finals on Friday. 

The two South American teams will be battling for the champions prize money of US$50,000 (RM190,000). The runners-up will take home US$25,000 (RM95,000). 

Argentine skipper Carlos Florentino Sanchez said at the post-match conference after their narrow win over Iran on Friday that they wanted to meet Brazil in the final. 

“It is a matter of pride and we are set for it,'' said Sanchez, the hero in Argentina's 2-1 win over Iran in the semi-final, after he scored the winner with 23 second on the clock. 

But will be easier said than done. There is little love lost between the two bitter rivals and yesterday, Brazil showed just how good they are when they thrashed another South American side Uruguay, 8-0. 

The three-time world champions had earlier routed South Africa 30-0 and got past gutsy Thailand 4-1 from Group A. 

Argentina, meanwhile, cruised past Indonesia 20-1 before facing tough contender's Japan in Group B. They won 5-1 but Iran proved to a much tougher proposition. 

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