Japan through to FIFA Futsal World Cup knockout stage despite defeat to Paraguay
Vilnius: Japan were denied second place by a resilient Paraguay but the East Asian side advanced to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 knockout stage despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to the South Americans in their final Group E match at the Vilnius Arena on Monday.
Japan's superior goal difference meant they finished as one of the best four third-placed teams with Spain topping the group and Paraguay finishing second.
The three-time Asian champions will play five-time FIFA Futsal World Cup winners Brazil in the Round of 16.
Vietnam through to FIFA Futsal World Cup knockout stage after draw with Czech Republic
Kaunas: Vietnam played to a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic in their final Group D match of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 at the Kaunas Arena on Sunday.
The result meant Vietnam - with four points - finished third in the group but advanced to the Round of 16 as one of the best third-placed finishers. Brazil won the group with nine points with Czech Republic second.
IR Iran defeat United States to seal FIFA Futsal World Cup knockout stage slot
Vilnius: Islamic Republic of Iran came from a goal down to defeat the United States 4-2 in Group F of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 at the Vilnius Arena on Friday.
Goalkeeper Alireza Samimi's sending off didn’t dent IR Iran’s resolve as they overturned a one goal deficit to lead 3-1 going into the break before holding off a late United States charge to seal the victory.
With Argentina defeating Serbia 4-2 later on Friday, both teams confirmed their spots in the Round of 16 with IR Iran's clash against the South American powerhouse on Monday to decide the Group F winners.
Spanish fightback denies Japan second FIFA Futsal World Cup win
Klaipėda: Japan were denied a famous win as Spain fought back to defeat the Asian side 4-2 in Group E of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 at the Klaipėda Arena on Friday.
Japan led 2-1 at half time but Spain bounced back in the second half to take the points with the three-time Asian champions hopes of advancing to the knockout stage now dependent on their result again Paraguay on Monday.