Tuesday, 7 October 2008 7:24 AM
Russia Beats Kurukuru 31-2
Records tumbled today at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia. Russia's 31-2 goal victory over the Solomon Islands is a new record for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, beating Brazil's 29-2 goal thrashing of Guatemala eight years ago.
In doing so, it was also the match which provided the most goals in the tournament's history.
Yet, despite all of the Russian goals, the loudest cheers were reserved for Jack Wetney and Micah Lea'alafa who grabbed the two consolation strikes for the Solomon Islands in the 23rd and 28th minutes respectively.
Pula, the Russian No7, who grabbed a hat-trick of hat-tricks during the match has also become the record goalscorer in one FIFA Futsal World Cup match. His record came in the 28th of the match to put his side 24-1 up.
History was made ten minutes later when Nikolay Pereverzev slotted home to break the record. Ironically in a game which saw four players score four goals or more, it was his first and only goal of the match.
A total of 69 per cent of Russia's shots on goal found their way past the Solomons' unfortunate keeper Alick Lioka and they now return to Oceania with no points from their four games, having conceded 69 goals, an average of 17.25 per game.