Spain fires Ortiz with a bronze in the futsal European

  • The team, which has not left the podium in the 12 editions played, beats Ukraine 4-1 in the match for third place

  • The closure of Barça leaves La Roja with a record of 215 caps and four Europeans in its record

The Spanish selection has conquered this Sunday in Amsterdam the bronze in the European futsal. At Carlos Ortiz’s last matchthe player who has defended the Spanish shirt the most times, ‘La Roja’ has prevailed over the revelation of the tournament, Ukraine (4-1). Portugal and Russia play the final tonight.

The defeat against Portugal in the semifinals, the third consecutive against the Portuguese in major tournaments, frustrated a better farewell for the 38-year-old Barça closure from Madrid, who could not add his fifth European. But he will say goodbye from the podium, as a player of his stature deserves (215 caps after 15 years with the national team), who has also been world runner-up twice and who he has won everything at the club level during his time at Inter Movistar.

Precisely Ortiz gave the assistance of 1-0. A side kick masterfully finished it off Jagged with an unstoppable whiplash for Tsypun (m. 11). A goal that came at the best time, when the game had gone crazy after a start of Spanish dominance and anyone seemed to be able to score. Didac had to go to the bench after making a miraculous stop in which he took a blow to the hand and Jesus Smith he had to occupy the Barça goalkeeper.

The Spanish goalkeeper almost scored from his goal his shot hit the post just before Cherniavskyi tied the score at the Ziggo Dome (m. 17). Fortunately for Spain, a minute later solano he unbalanced the game again with a great left foot (m. 18).

The ruling strategy

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Ukraine, who fought to the end in the semifinals against Russia in a very morbid duel, was not going to give up in the duel for bronze, but Spain knew how to suffer until another strategic move allowed Boyis score 3-1 (m. 31). With Ukraine in desperation, attacking without a goalkeeper, Ortiz put the finishing touch to the match (and his career) with a providential steal that allowed Adolf score at will 4-1 (m. 32).

Spain had never chained two editions without winning gold, but at least it remains the only team that has climbed on the podium in the 12 editions disputed (7 golds, two silvers and three bronzes).

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