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The best Futsal players in the world are in Thailand for the Futsal World Cup and, not surprisingly, football superpowers are just as strong indoors as they are outdoors. 

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Bangkok Post photographer was at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium yesterday for the Argentina-Serbia and Russia-Czech Republic matches. Here is action from the Argentina-Serbia match.

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Futsal World Cup: Superpower time

The best Futsal players in the world are in Thailand for the Futsal World Cup and, not surprisingly, football superpowers are just as strong indoors as they are outdoors.

The quarter-finals begin tomorrow (not in the unwanted Nong Chok arena, unfortunately) and they feature some great matches.

The futsal action wasn’t the only thing that interested Pattanapong yesterday.

Interest will likely be centred on Brazil and Argentina, but the Russia-Spain contest is not to be missed either. Russia has still not conceded a single goal in the tournament. In the other two matches, Italy takes on Portugal and the Ukraine meets Columbia.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Friday and the final for Sunday.

In yesterday's second round matches defending champion Brazil looked unbeatable as they hammered hapless Panana16-0 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Four-time World Cup winners Brazil maintained their perfect record in Thailand. It is the biggest win so far at the 2012 finals, matching Russia's win over the Solomon Islands.

Argentina had a much tougher time at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, where the team kept its hopes alive of winning their first world title with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Serbia.

Serbia gave Argentina a scare when they cut the deficit to 2-1 with three minutes to go, but soon lost a player through a second yellow card and the match was over.

A Russian player shows some clever footwork in the match against the Czech Republic.

Also at Hua Mark, Russia beat the Czech Republic 3-0 to set up their mouth-watering quarter-final duel with Spain.

The eastern Europeans were a class above their continental rivals and extended their run of successive clean sheets to four matches.

Back in Nakhon Ratchasima, Italy booked its place in the quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Egypt.

''If you look at the scoreline it might look like it was an easy match for us, but it wasn't,'' Italian coach Roberto Menichelli said.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

quarter-finals – competitions between the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
arena – a large area that is surrounded by seats, used for sports or entertainment  สังเวียน, สนามกีฬา
unfortunately – making you sad or disappointed, or getting you into a difficult position น่าเสียดาย
feature – to include someone or something as an important part ทำให้เด่น
concede a goal – to allow a goal to be scored against you เสียประตู
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน
semi-finals – the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
defending champion – a player or team who won a competition the previous time it was held ผู้ชนะเลิศครั้งก่อน
unbeatable – impossible to defeat; invincible ไม่มีทางแพ้, หาใครเทียบไม่ได้
hammer – to hit very hard; to defeat an opponent by a large score กระแทก, ทุบด้วยค้อน, ชนะ, ปราบ
hapless – of someone who you feel sorry for because bad things have happened to them เคราะห์ร้าย
maintain – to keep รักษา
match – to equal something; to be the same as something else เท่ากันกับ
tough – difficult to do or to deal with ยาก  ยากลำบาก
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
scare – a situation that makes people suddenly feel worried or frightened about something ความหวาดกลัว, ความตื่นตระหนก
deficit – the amount by which something is too small or smaller or less than something else จำนวนที่น้อยกว่า, จำนวนที่ขาด
mouth-watering – of food that looks or smells so good that you want to eat it immediately or of something else that seems so good that you want it right away กลืนน้ำลาย
duel – a competition or struggle between two people or groups การต่อสู้กันตัวต่อตัว, การแข่งขันระหว่าง 2 คน
a class above – of a higher quality or standard than someone/something else คุณภาพดีกว่า
continental – forming a continent, and not including any islands off its coast เกี่ยวกับทวีป,เกี่ยวกับภาคพื้นทวีป
rival – a person, group, team or business that competes with another คู่ต่อสู้, คู่ปรับ, คู่แข่ง
extend – to include something more; to make something longer  ขยายออกไป
successive – following immediately one after the other  ต่อเนื่องกัน, ตามลำดับ
clean sheet – a football match in which no goals are scored against you
scoreline – the final score or result in a game, competition, etc ผลการแข่งขัน

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