If the first period gave birth to a mouse, the Belgians cracked too quickly from the start. Adnane thought to relaunch his own. But this goal was in vain. The Finns planted two new roses. Diniz’s 3-2 did not change the outcome of the game. Belgium may have regrets. This qualification the Belgians let it slip away earlier, in the competition. Too bad, with such talent!
After a balanced start to the match, Belgium created the first clear opportunity of the match. Omar Rahou’s strike was repelled by Juha-Matti Savolainen, the Finnish goalkeeper, in the feet of Lucas Diniz whose recovery ended his race above (10th).
Karim Bashar’s troops were then scared at the end of the first period. On a loss of ball from Abdelhalim Ettalaki, Abdelhakim Sababti made the necessary fault on Iiro Vanha but Moustafa Idrissi, the Belgian goalkeeper, pushed back the free kick in stride (15th). With 15 seconds to go, the Futsal Red Devils came close to opening the scoring but Leo’s volley was close to the crossbar.
The second half started off in the worst possible way for Belgium. On a counter, Vanha appeared alone in front of Idrissi and his lob was extended by Jyrkiainen in the goal (23rd). Forced to put in two goals, the Belgians could not put pressure on the Finnish goal and showed too much waste in the game.
Five minutes from time, Belgium used power play by bringing in a player from the field in place of Idrissi. A tactical choice that paid off on the first action and Ibrahim Adnane scored the goal of the equalizer (36th). The Belgian joy was short-lived, however, and Vanha restored the lead to Finland seconds later.
The Red Devils revived their power play but Autio luckily brought the score to 3-1 on a Belgian ball loss (37th). Lucas Diniz gave Belgium hope again with an unstoppable strike (38th). Outnumbered after the exclusion of Leo (39th), the Belgians were unable to score the 3rd goal which would have allowed them to grab 2nd place.
Thanks to this success, Finland (10 points) finished among the six best second and qualified for the first Euro in its history. Belgium finished third in the group with 7 points ahead of Montenegro (3 points) which goes to Italy (1st, 12 pts) on Tuesday evening.
The winners of the eight pools and the six best runners-up qualify for the final round. The other two runners-up will play a play-off for the last ticket. As the host country, the Netherlands automatically qualify for the European Championship, which will take place from January 19 to February 6, 2022 in Amsterdam and Groningen.
Goals : 24th Jyrkiäinen (1-0), 36th Adnane (1-1), 36th Vanha (2-1), 37th Autio (3-1), 38th Diniz (3-2)
Exclusion : 39th Leo