It will be one of those games that will be remembered for the rest of the years. That will be written. The south american classic will have its great edition in the Futsal World Cup for the first time in a semifinal: the Argentina team will face Brazil (from 2 pm) for a place in the final of the tournament that takes place in Lithuania.
Those directed by Matías Lucuix are the defending champions after lifting for the first time in its history the most important trophy of the discipline in the World Cup 2016 that was played in Colombia: beat Russia 5-4 in the end. Brazilians, for their part, are the maximum reference of futsal with its five titles in eight editions of the World Cup.
The Albiceleste They are coming with a devastating pace in this new World Cup after starting their way with an 11-0 win over the United States in the group stage, which is the most bulky result of the tournament so far. After beating Serbia 4-2 and Iran 2-1, they qualified as the leader in their area: they beat Paraguay 6-1 in the round of 16. The most complicated presentation was in the quarterfinals with the reissue of the final of the last World Cup against Russia: they drew 1-1 in regulation, suffered to reach penalties and finally ended up eliminated by that route to the power.
The Brazilians began their journey in Lithuania with a 9-1 victory over Vietnam, a 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic and a 5-1 victory over Panama to secure a ticket to the playoffs phase. After beating Japan 4-2 in the round of 16, they narrowly beat Morocco (1-0) and come to the clash with Argentina with Ferrao as the top scorer of the contest with 7 shouts.
Although it will be one of the most transcendental matches in the world of the South American classic, it will not be the first time that faces are seen in this tournament. Already in 1989, during the first edition held in the Netherlands, shared the Group B of round 2 and the Brazilians prevailed 6-3 in the first official record.
The faces were seen again in the Group stage of round 2 of the 1992 World Cup with another triumph – this time by 5-1 – of the Verdeamarela. At 2000 World Cup that Guatemala organized, Argentina stumbled again in the second round with Brazil with a 4-1 defeat.
The fall was repeated in round two of 2004 (1-2) that had a peculiarity: They met again in that World Cup in China Taipei to define the third place that would finally be for Brazil by a 7-4. That had been the best historical performance of the Albiceleste until the 2016 title.
Fate returned to deliver another Argentina-Brazil World Cup in the 2012 version organized by Thailand and had the triumph of the Verdeamarela in the quarter-finals with a vibrant 3-2 in overtime.
Those antecedents are negative, but there is a hopeful one: Argentina beat Brazil 3-1 in the final of the South American that qualified both teams – along with Paraguay and Venezuela – for this World Cup at the beginning of 2020.
A statistic to understand the Brazilian hierarchy in this discipline is that there was only one edition of the World Cup that had them outside of the four best on the planet: they lost on penalties to Iran in the last 16 of 2016 after drawing 4-4. Outside of that, it was champion in 1989, 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012, in addition to runner-up in 2000 and the third place 2004 that he achieved against Argentina.
The other semifinal will be played tomorrow, Thursday, September 30 (also from 2:00 p.m. Argentine time) between Kazakhstan and Portugal, who struck the table after eliminate Spain in overtime in the quarterfinals.
Stadium: Zalgiris Arena (Kaunas, Lithuania)
Television: Public TV, DeporTV and DirecTVsports
THE ARGENTINE PLANT
Lucas Farach (Kimberley AC), Nicolás Sarmiento (Real Betis Futsal -Spain-), Guido Mosenson (Boca Juniors), Santiago Basile (CMB Futsal -Italy-), Lucas Bolo Alemany (Italservice Pesaro -Italy-), Cristian Borruto (Italservice Pesaro -Italy-), Alan Brandi (Jaén Paraíso Interior -Spain-), Ángel Claudino (Palma Futsal -Spain-), Sebastián Corso (Industrias Santa Coloma -Spain-), Leandro Cuzzolino (Italservice Pesaro -Italy-), Matías Edelstein (Hebrew), Maximiliano Rescia (Levante UD FS -Spain-), Andrés Santos (Signor Prestito CMB -Italy-), Damián Stazzone (San Lorenzo), Pablo Taborda (Italservice Pesaro -Italy-) and Constantino Vaporaki (Meta Catania C5 – Italy-).