Brazil defeats Kurukuru in friendly
THE country’s national futsal team, Kurukuru on Tuesday tested their strength in a hard battle when they took on the world’s number one side Brazil in their final friendly match.
The match ended with a final score 18-0 in favour of the world champions. The victory proves Brazil dominance in global football.
Despite the defeat, Brazil-born Kurukuru coach Juliano Antonio Schmeling believes it’s a perfect test for their preparations for the World Cup.
He knew the game would be a challenge but was excited with the huge opportunity the match has offered to him and his team.
Although the score-line finished with an 18 goal margin, the Kurukuru did their fans and the country proud as they rubbed shoulders with some of the best players in the world, including Alessandro Rosa Vieira, also known as Falcao.
Kurukuru team captain Elliot Ragomo said they have learnt a lot from the match and are now focusing for the world cup.
“The boys went out there with all they had, we played to our best.
“We learnt a lot from this match.
“There is no better preparation than to feel the might of the world’s number one team, Brazil.
“They pose a different quality and level of play.
“Now we can focus on Colombia where we aim to play three grand finals,” he said.
Solomon Islands is pooled alongside Argentina, Khazakistan and Costa Rica.
Although the top team dominated the match, the Kurukuru had bursts of possession and some close attempts on goal.
Captain Elliot Ragomo and Auckland City FC’s Micah Lea’alafa both had made attempts on goal in the first half but the Brazilian goalkeeper proved his place in the best team in the world, pulling off back-to-back saves.
Jeffery Bule attempted to catch the Brazilians off-guard in the last minutes of the game with an attempt from halfway, but was unfortunate to hit the crossbar.
Kurukuru battled to the last whistle and although the game ended with an 18-0 result, the team walked away proud to improve on their 21-0 loss to Brazil in the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2008.
The Kurukuru hold their heads high as they approach the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 with experience against the highest ranked team in the world confident that they have prepared themselves for the competition as best as they could.
By CARLOS ARUAFU