After an exciting evening's play on day two of the FIWC Grand Final, the final eight were decided with some shocks along the way.
The biggest of those being the loss of reigning champion Alfonso Ramos, after the Spaniard was defeated by Juan Botero in his final game. Victory allowed the Columbian to go through, and the Spaniard was denied the chance to defend his title on the final day.
After spending the day at the Spanish Football Association in Madrid, as well as playing Futsal alongside Christian Karembeu and Ruben De La Red, the Grand Finalists got down to business at Cafe 40 with all still to play for.
Italian Mattia Guarracino, who missed his flight on day one, had to make up for lost time and play all six of his qualifying matches on day two, but his performance did not allow him to make it into the final eight.
After a disappointing first day, Bruce Grannec had a point to prove, and that he did with three wins on the second day enough to take him into the quarter finals. The Frenchman was pipped to the Group B top spot though, as Denmark's August Rosenmeier won five and lost one of his six games to qualify as a top seed.
In Group C it finished as expected, with Germany's Kai Wollin finishing in first place with four wins and two draws maintaining his unbeaten record so far, and Spain's Oscar Martin finishing second.
Group A though, was where the tension was to be found, as FIWC champion Alfonso Ramos was having a tough time of it and went into his last game in fourth position. The much-fancied Ramos went into his match with third place Andres Botero knowing only victory would put him through, but the same applied for Botero, for whom only a win would secure automatic qualification in second place.
A fairly edgy affair ensued, with neither finalist wanting to give away the game, but with ten minutes left to play, Botero made the all important breakthrough as a virtual Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home from 18 yards. The defeat sent Ramos out of the competition before the knockout stages, which didn't leave the Spaniard in the best of moods. Botero though, will fancy his chances having defeated the reigning champ, and with this win under his belt, who could blame him.
The two best third placed teams came from groups B and C as Mexico's Andrei Vivero and Saudi Arabian participant Abdulaziz Alshehri also managed to scramble together enough points to take them into the final eight.
The draw for the quarter finals also took place last night, so the four quarter final matches look like this:
Oscar Martin vs Abdulaziz Alshehri
August Rosenmeier vs Bruce Grannec
Kai Wollin vs Andrei Vivero
Rafael Riobo vs Andres Botero