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Soccer AM Futsal Cup Highlights

24 January 2014

Catch all the action from a dramatic opening to the last 32 of the Soccer AM Futsal Cup powered by NCS on Soccer AM.

Derby County, Reading and Notts County secured their places in the last 16 of the Cup on Wednesday after an entertaining day of fixtures at the Birmingham Arena.

Crewe Alexandra, Leyton Orient and Rochdale will return to Birmingham next month to battle it out for the second qualifying spot from Group 2 after a dramatic final round of fixtures saw all three teams finish level on both points and goal difference with the sides also unable to be separated by their head-to-head records.

In Group 1, Derby County and Reading had both already qualified for the last 16 by the time the sides faced each other in the final group game after beating Hereford United and Accrington Stanley in their first two games.

Derby held the upper hand going in to the game thanks to their better goal difference and cemented top spot in the group with a 5-2 win over the Royals.

Like Derby, Notts County confirmed their place in the last 16 with three wins from three but the race for the second qualification spot was far more dramatic.

Two late consolation goals from Leyton Orient in their 4-3 defeat to Crewe Alexandra meant that the two sides, along with Rochdale, finished on three points with a goal difference of -2.

With head-to-head results unable to separate the sides, all three will return to the Birmingham Arena on February 11th to play off for the vacant qualifying spot.

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Graduates of the programme often progress to University, overseas football scholarships and careers within the vibrant sports industry. Football lovers moving into sixth-form education are encouraged to apply, as places start to fill up for next season at clubs across the country.

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