#FutsalSplit2023 Day 7: One more to go!

The seventh day of the European Universities Futsal Championship brought the highly anticipated semi-finals, where four top teams battled it out to reach the grand finale. The energy in the Gripe and Poljud venues was electric as fans from all over Europe gathered to witness the thrilling clashes between the best university futsal teams. From tense derbies to spirited performances, the day had it all, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats.


In the first match of the women's semi-finals, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NOR) showcased their dominance, fighting valiantly against Rey Juan Carlos University (SPA). However, the Spanish team played with great strength and determination, eventually triumphing with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.


The clash between National Pedagogical Dragomanov University and the University of Lisbon was an intense battle fueled by a loud and passionate crowd supporting both teams. The contagious energy in the arena added to the excitement of the match. National Pedagogical Dragomanov University dominated the first half, securing a commanding 3-0 lead by halftime. They maintained their momentum and sealed an impressive 6-0 victory, with loud and happy fans carrying them to the finals.


The men's semi-final clash between the University of Split and Bernays University of Applied Sciences turned into a nail-biting encounter. With both teams equally matched, it was bound to be an intense contest. The match took an exciting turn as tensions arose on the court, and emotions ran high in this Croatian derby. Spectators, predominantly in favor of the home team, the University of Split, added to the electrifying atmosphere.

As the regular time concluded with a 4-4 draw, a penalty shootout was required to determine the victor. Bernays University displayed remarkable resilience and managed to secure an 8-7 win in extra time, breaking the hearts of the home team's fans.


„Well, like our coach said, 'It's not over until it's over'. We still have a final where the Ukrainians are waiting for us, who barely beat us in the group. We need to rest well now and prepare for, we expect hard, the final and of course, win! As for my injury, it didn't affect the whole game too much. If you want to be a winner you have to be strong in your head and push it out, and in the end, it rewards you. We expect a tough game – as I said before, we played and lost against the Ukrainians, but the analysis of that match has already been done. Mistakes we try to correct and improve the game, and ultimately win that game.“ Bernays' goalkeeper Kristijan Kapular


In the other men's semi-final, the University of Toulouse II – Jean Jaures faced off against Ivano-Frankivsk College of Physical Education. The French team started strong, putting up a spirited fight, but the Ukrainians demonstrated exceptional determination and a better finish, securing a 5-2 victory. The insane cheers and support from the fans of both sides further intensified the match.


As the semi-finals wrapped up, the stage is now set for the much-awaited finals. The European Universities Futsal Championship has undoubtedly been a thrilling showcase of talent, passion, and sportsmanship. With the finals just around the corner, fans eagerly await more spectacular performances from these university teams vying for the coveted championship titles.