Sporting CP have won two UEFA Futsal Champions League titles in three years after reversing a 2-0 halftime deficit to dethrone Barca in Zadar.
Two first goals helped Barca in the delayed October 2020 final against Murcia FS at their Palau Blaugrana; today in Zadar, they were in the lead in 51 seconds. Marcênio, who scored for Ugra Yugorsk in his final victory in 2016, intercepted a pass from Sporting, advanced and struck Guitta for the fastest goal in one of that competition’s 20 finals. Esquerdinha hit the post twice but Barca came in at halftime 2-0 for the second consecutive final as Daniel Shiraishi allowed Ximbinha to strike.
Six minutes into the second half, two Sporting academy products combined to pull one off as 20-year-old Tomás Paço played for 19-year-old Zicky Té to control and roll the ball. . Barely 91 seconds later the score was 2-2, Kick-off from Pany Varela led at home by Erick.
The sport continued to push and João Matos, in his record-tying 15th final, struck after Taynan’s free kick squeezed between Didac Plana’s legs. Just under ten minutes remained for Barca, but as they pushed, Erick hit the post with the unguarded keeper’s goal and Pany Varela, previously winner with Benfica in 2010, followed suit.
Ferrao jumped up to get one to three minutes to go and took the lead just off in the dying seconds before Sporting’s celebrations started.
- Sporting are only the second team to reverse a two-goal deficit in the final after Kairat Almaty against FC Dynamo in 2013 (also 2-0 at halftime, finished 4-3).
- Marcênio’s opening was the fastest in the final of this competition, beating Hernán Garcias’ strike in 2011 by eight seconds for Montesilvano, also against Sporting.
- Sporting’s João Matos and Barca’s Aicardo became the first players to make 15 appearances in the UEFA futsal club finals.
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