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Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia post friendly wins
Thursday, 26 September 2013 02:02
futsalwireHolders Spain registered two wins against hosts Belgium, Portugal beat Azerbaijan 5-0 a day after a draw, and Slovenia and Italy impressed in warm-ups ahead of the finals.

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Holders Spain registered two wins against hosts Belgium, Portugal beat Azerbaijan 5-0 a day after a draw, and Slovenia and Italy impressed in warm-ups ahead of the finals.

E-mail Print Slovenia won twice in Andorra NZS ? Trending now More Headlines Latest? Spain to play Czechs, Croatia Belgium getting into shape Spain, Italy, Slovenia impress Play-off celebrations Draw seedings confirmed More news Published: Thursday 26 September 2013, 9.02CETSpain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia post friendly winsHolders Spain registered two wins against hosts Belgium, Portugal beat Azerbaijan 5-0 a day after a draw, and Slovenia and Italy impressed in warm-ups ahead of the finals.

Read moreWhile the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 lineup was being completed in the play-offs, several of the teams already assured of their spots in the 4 October finals draw were in double-header friendly action over the last week.

UEFA.com rounds up the action.Related ItemsDraw seedings confirmedPlay-off celebrationsKike's Spain highlightsQualifiers enjoy their featsSpain 5-2/8-2 BelgiumFutsal EURO hosts Belgium have now lost six games in succession all away from home as their double defeat by the European champions in Ceuta followed similar reverses in Romania and Brazil.

In the first match on Monday, Spain made a slow start but began to show their superiority after Rafa Usn struck.

Coach Jos Venancio Lpez said: "It took a lot of effort to break them down and we weren't precise enough in attack."The following night Spain had their shooting boots on, cruising to an 8-2 triumph in which Borja and Usn both scored twice.

Ortz, Jorge Matamoros, Acardo and Sergio also registered for a team who will aim for a fifth straight title in Antwerp.Portugal 1-1/5-0 AzerbaijanPortugal, who beat Azerbaijan on penalties in the 2010 semi-finals and 4-1 in the group stage last year, played out a draw and a victory against their fellow Antwerp contenders.

The first meeting in Fundao ended 1-1, with Marinho cancelling Amadeu's opener for the visitors.The next evening in Castelo Branco it was a different story as Arnaldo, Joo Matos, Fbio Lima, Ricardinho and Fbio Aguiar scored to give Portugal a 5-0 win.

"We were more organised and aggressive and had a better approach to the game against a great team with a great coach," said Portugal trainer Jorge Braz.Azerbaijan player Vitaliy Borisov added: "We travelled to Portugal with an experimental squad.

We also had young players called up for the first time.

We played out a draw in the first match but could have won as we were playing better than our opponents.

As for the second match, we can say we were tired.

We felt the long journey to Portugal and it was difficult for us to play two days in a row."Greece 0-7/1-4 ItalyAt the Dais Arena in Athens last weekend, Roberto Menichelli's men won the first fixture 7-0 with Humberto Honorio's double and strikes from Rodolfo Fortino, Daniel Giasson, Giuseppe Mentasti and Alex Merlim, as well as an own goal by Ilias Bousbouras.

Italy were tested more the following day but prevailed 4-1 thank to goals by Honorio, Massimo De Luca, Fabricio Urio and Luiz Filipe Follador."I'm satisfied with the training sessions and the matches," said Menichelli.

"We have taken the first steps and now we can plan better for the next ones in this important season."Andorra 0-8/0-12 SloveniaSlovenia's training camp in Andorra culminated in two impressive friendly successes on Monday and Tuesday.

Captain Igor Osredkar scored five of their goals, Kristjan ujec and Alen Feti contributed four each and Sebastijan Drobne three.Coach Andrej Dobovinik said: "We played as expected we had many chances and our taking of chances was good.

We used all the players who are here.

Some of our lads had the opportunity to play even more than usual their form and enthusiasm makes me happy.

It is very important we play matches like this as often as possible so we can be more and more confident going to Belgium for EURO 2014."