AFC Futsal Championship: Bluewave Chonburi to meet Sanaye Giti Pasand in final

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The Thai club will battle it out with the Iranian club in the final of the AFC Futsal Championships being held in the in Ho Chi Minh City.

Here is the recap from semifnals of the 2017 AFC Futsal Championship which is currently taking place in Ho Chi Minh City.


SF1: Bluewave Chonburi (THA) 6-0 Thai Son Nam FC (VIE)


2017 AFC Futsal Club Championship | Bluewave Chonburi (Thailand) 6-0 Thai Son Nam (Vietnam)

A hat-trick by Jirawat Sornwichian sealed Bluewave Chonburi’s place in the final after the Thai side cruised to an emphatic 6-0 victory over home favourites Thai Son Nam in the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 semi-finals on Friday.  

In the very first minutes, Bluewave Chonburi came storming out, opening their account with the first goal scored by Jirawat Sornwichian (2’). The home would live to rue the miss after the Thais doubled their lead in the 14th minute with Sorasak Phoonjungreed’s goal.

The second half saw the home side increase the tempo in search for their opener, but were further exposed at the back as Chonburi looked more dangerous on the counter-attack. Thai Son Nam was unable to prevent the away side scoring their third after Nguyen Manh Dung was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, Jirawat then finishing with a calm finish in the 26th minute before sealing his own hat-trick three minutes later.

With nothing left to lose, the home side then activated the power play, which backfired quickly as Kritsada slotted the ball into an empty net (32’). Jetsada added another in the closing moments to secure Bluewave Chonburi an overwhelming victory against Thai Son Nam.


SF2: Sanaye Giti Pasand (IRN) 4-2 ​Al Rayyan (QAT)


2017 AFC Futsal Club Championship | Sanaye Giti Pasand (Iran) 4-2 Al Rayyan (Qatar)

Sanaye Giti Pasand clinched their spot in the final of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 after beating Qatar’s Al Rayyan 4-2 in the semi-finals on Friday.

With Thailand's Bluewave Chonburi awaiting the winners, both sides came into the match eager to create history - Al Rayyan hoping to book their first-ever appearance in the competition's final, an achievement matched just once in Qatar’s history, and Giti Pasand looking to become the first side from the Islamic Republic of Iran to reach their third final.

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It took Giti Pasand just three minutes to demonstrate their class, the Iranians taking the lead with Ahmad Esmaeilpour’s goal (3’). After a spell of incessant pressure, the incisive Iranians then doubled their lead with Abolghasem Orouji’s goal (5’). Having secured a two-goal cushion, the Iranians resorted to the counter attack approach, a tactic which was to prove costly as it paved the way for Al Rayyan to push further forward. The Qataris duly narrowed the gap then coming to the equalizer thanks to Flavio Barreto Arantes’s double (15’, 18’). Al Rayyan’s celebrations were short-lived though, as Giti Pasand replied almost immediately with Esmaeilpour’s goal seconds later (18’).

The restart saw the game increase in tempo with both sides eager establish an early advantage. In a day of misses, as the time was running out, the Qataris took the gamble of deploying the power play within the last five minutes. However, with virtually the last kick of the match, Giti Pasand were then awarded an unobstructed free-kick after Al Rayyan committed six accumulative fouls, Ali Asghar duly stepping up to seal the Iranians’ passage into the final.

 

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