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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Tests Mini-Soccer Might

With Russian teams slipping and sliding from one disaster to another in the international arena, the country's soccer fans have had little to cheer about.


To the rescue comes mini-soccer as European Cup holder Dina Moscow challenges the South American champion -- Brazil's Inter Ulbra -- for the title of the world's best club in mini-soccer in a three-game series, which began Tuesday at Luzhniki Sports Arena.


Although the Brazilians, just like their countrymen in regular soccer, are regarded as the world's best, having won the Five-a-Side World Cup last year, the Russians took Game 1, 5-4 on penalty kicks after a scoreless 60 minutes.


Ulbra, which has six world champion players from last year in its squad, including World Cup top scorer Manoel Tobias, put on a display full of Brazilian soccer magic but still could not score in regular time.


In the penalty shoot-out Dina's back-up keeper Ilya Samokhin was the hero, scoring the last kick for his club then saving Ulbra forward Bella's shot.


The two teams were to meet again Wednesday and will finish the series Thursday night.