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'No party' for victorious Alesio
Thursday, 21 January 2010 13:15
FutsalwireAzerbaijan coach Alesio has promised himself "a trip to the swimming pool and maybe a massage" after the 6-1 defeat of the Czech Republic that took them through while losing captain David Fri? bemoaned costly errors.


Alesio watches his Azerbaijan side beat the Czech Republic 6-1  
Azerbaijan coach Alesio has promised himself "a trip to the swimming pool and maybe a massage" after a 6-1 defeat of the Czech Republic put the UEFA European Futsal Championship debutants into the quarter-finals as Group A winners.

No celebrations
Having taken an early lead through Biro Jade, Azerbaijan never let up with Tomáš Neumann's Czech side comprehensively outplayed at the Papp László Arena. For some, reaching the knockout phase would be cause for a big party – especially with three days rest before their next game – but the Brazilian coach is not in the mood to celebrate too much just yet.

Workk to do
"No relaxation and no party yet; we still have work ahead," he said. "I will only think about having a rest or a good time when this is all over. I dedicate this victory to the Azeri people and everyone who follows this team. There will definitely be no sightseeing in our days off; the most I am going to allow myself is a trip to the swimming pool and maybe a massage."

Opposition question
While they are sure of playing their next game in Budapest on Monday, Azerbaijan do not know who they will play yet, with the runners-up in Group B yet to be decided between Italy and Ukraine: a minor frustration for Alesio, but he remains very optimistic. "We realise that there will be tighter games ahead and strong teams, but if we look back we can say if we keep going like this we can face any team," he said.

Czech 'collapse'
Neumann, meanwhile, was left to reflect on "a very big collapse" for his side in the first game of the finals, in their aim to avoid an exit without a point as in 2007. But in contrast to his agitated appearance on the touchline, he told his players after the match "that these things happen and that they will have to concentrate on the next game", though he warned: "There will maybe be some changes in our tactics."

Captain in the absence of the rested Martín Dlouhý, David Fri? told "We conceded three goals in five minutes and after this Azerbaijan switched to the counterattack. Then we made a lot of mistakes and committed a lot of fouls and this led to this terrible result. This wasn't really about the Azerbaijan team or not having enough luck, it was more about us and our mistakes in defence." They will hope to have resolved those issues by the time they face Hungary for a last-eight place on Saturday, needing to beat the hosts in front of a partisan crowd.

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