Movistar Inter has been proclaimed champion of the First Division of Spanish futsal after asserting this Tuesday the tie in the final of the ‘playoff’ express against a combative Viña Albali Valdepeñas (3-3) who had options until the end, but who paid dearly for a bad first half finish.
The Madrid team added their fourteenth league trophy, won in the season marked by the coronavirus, which forced a novel format and in which it did not seem to start as the great favorite. However, this conquest will have its particular place in its huge record, especially for having done it after not winning anything last season and having lived in sporting anxiety since confinement.
Without his best man of the entire course, Gadeia, without the competition of his star and benchmark of recent years, Ricardinho, who said goodbye without playing, but who did celebrate it with his still teammates, and with many players changing airs to next season, Tino Pérez knew how to squeeze the best possible way for his squad to crown himself in this ‘playoff’ that the manchego coach did not like either and who was close to proclaiming the champion of the great revelation of the season.
Viña Albali Valdepeñas went from fighting to avoid relegation to fighting for the final of the Spanish Cup and the League. He lost both, but his mark was marked on the parquet of Fernando Martín Carpena where he fought again until the end to stay one goal from glory. Things of this format, the champion smiled without winning and the runner-up lost without losing, but also with only one win in three games. The rule of draws, which gave the Manchego team the pass to the semifinals against Osasuna Magna, this time took away the illusion.
Movistar Inter came out more toned and asserted its champion aura. The team of David Ramos had a hard time entering the duel and when he did it he was already 1-0 down after a mistake in a corner kick scored by Pito, the great signing of this year interista and that formed a demolishing society with Borja.
From there, those of Tino Pérez deflated and his rival became the dominator. Thus, he found the tie in a penalty, perhaps somewhat unnecessary for his veteran of Carlos Ortiz, who scored Chino. Valdepeñas brushed up to get ahead, but again he lost his way back and also did so in the final stages of the first half. An area wall between Pito and Borja meant 2-1 and a mistake in a strategy allowed the Brazilian, after a pass from his teammate, to make it 3-1 with three seconds to go.
Supported by this emotional coup and with the fairest energies, Movistar Inter preferred to be more conservative after the restart and leave the initiative to those of David Ramos. These, with an unwavering faith in their arguments, did not lose face to the party and looked for their options until the end.
Elisandro and Bebe ran into the sticks to give more tranquility, while Cainan put the 3-2 with more than twelve minutes to play. The five fouls with six minutes to go forced the torrejonero team to take a step back and suffer to the end. Dani Santos called with 1:11 to play, but the miracle did not come this time and Carlos Ortiz was able to lift his sixth league as bronze at twelve years at the club.
– RESULT: MOVISTAR INTER, 3 – VIÑA ALBALI VALDEPEÑAS, 3 (3-1, at rest).
MOVISTAR INTER: Jesús Herrero; Ortiz, Pola, Borja and Pito –five starters– Marlon, Elisandro, Raya and Bebe.
VIÑA ALBALI VALDEPEÑAS: Edu, José Ruiz, Chino, Cainan and Pablo Ibarra –five initial– Terry, Dani Santos, Nano, Rafael, Juanan, Buitre y Catela.
1-0, minute 2. Whistle.