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Canada beats Curacao 7-4 for first win at CONCACAF Futsal Championship

May 09, 2016 - 6:43 PM

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Nazim Belguendouz scored twice — including his first in the opening minute of the match — as Canada beat Curacao 7-4 on Monday to earn its first victory in the group stage at the CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Daniel Chamale, Marco Rodriguez, Vahid Assadpour, Frederico Moojen and Eduardo Jauregui also scored for Canada (1-1-0), which opened group play Sunday with a 3-2 loss against the defending CONCACAF champions from Costa Rica.

Every Janzen and Djuric Ascencion had a pair of goals each for Curacao (0-1-1).

Canada's final group stage match is Tuesday against Cuba. A win would guarantee the Canadians a spot in the semifinals.

The CONCACAF tournament, which has eight nations in action, will send four teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean to the 24-country FIFA Futsal World Cup this September in Colombia.

Futsal is a five-a-side indoor game, played in 20-minute halves on a surface no larger than 25 by 42 metres (and no smaller than 20 by 38) for international matches. Goals measure three by two metres.

Canada has not qualified for the Futsal World Cup since the inaugural event in 1989 in the Netherlands, where it failed to advance from the first round after beating Japan and losing to Argentina and Belgium.

Already qualified for the Futsal World Cup are host Colombia, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Brazil has dominated the world scene, winning five of the seven Futsal World Cups including the last two. Spain won the other two titles and has finished runner-up to Brazil three times.

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