Here is the recap from Day 5 in the 2017 AFC Futsal Championship which is currently taking place in Ho Chi Minh City.
Group A: Vic Vipers FC (AUS) 0-1 FC EREM (KGZ)
FC Erem managed to win 1-0 over Australia’s Vic Vipers in their final AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 Group A match on Monday. Nevertheless, with home side Thai Son Nam FC beating Al Dhafrah in the group's final match later on Monday, FC Erem's hopes were dashed as they finished third in the group.
Taking the competition by storm with a memorable victory over Thai Son Nam, the Kyrgyz Republic side then crumbled against Al Dhafrah, setting up an all-or-nothing encounter against Vic Vipers. Meanwhile, after seeing his charges suffer back-to-back defeats, Vic Vipers Head Coach Miltiadis Sakkos had stressed to his players to play for pride. In a day of misses, it was not until the last minute of the first half was the score opened with Adilet Kultaev’s goal (20’).
The Kyrgyz Republic side played with more confidence after the break, however failed to double their lead since Vic Vipers activated their power play. At the end of the day, despite their spirited efforts, the Australian side were unable to leave Ho Chi Minh City with a point.
Group C: Shriker Osaka (JPN) 2-3 Sanaye Giti Pasand (IRN)
Sanaye Giti Pasand sealed their position as Group C winners after battling to a 3-2 victory over Japan’s Shriker Osaka in their final AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 group match on Monday.
With both teams having clinched their spots in the quarter-finals, Giti Pasand and Shriker Osaka were battling for Group C supremacy. Also, with no way of predicting the outcome of their Group D opponents, both sides knew a victory would increase their chances of avoiding competition heavyweights and current Group D leaders Bluewave Chonburi.
It was Shriker Osaka who took the lead with virtually the game’s first chance through Sota Shibano’s goal just inside 57 seconds. It took Giti Pasand just three minutes to respond with Mohammad Zarei Savarchi’s goal (4’) before doubling their lead six minutes later.
The second half began with the same intensity as the first with Giti Pasand dominating possession. Nine minutes into the second half, the Japanese side came to the equalizer thanks to Shibano’s second goal (30’). In a last ditch attempt, the Japanese then took the risky decision to deploy the power play but saw their hopes diminished when Asghar scored to secure Giti Pasand a flawless group stage campaign.
Group A: Thai Son Nam FC (VIE) 2-0 Al Dhafra FC (UAE)
Thai Son Nam secured a convincing 2-0 win over UAE’s Al Dhafrah, sealing the home side’s place in the last eight of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 after finishing second behind the UAE side in Group A.
With nothing less than three points needed to ensure Thai Son Nam’s safe passage into the last eight, the clash against Group A leaders Al Dhafrah lived up to expectations, producing not just one but a series of classic moments from both sides.
It was Thai Son Nam took the lead with Tayebibidgoli’s opener (8’). Al Dhafrah then came agonisingly close to an equaliser when they were awarded an unobstructed free-kick after Pham Duc Hoa was penalised for Thai Son Nam’s sixth accumulated foul. Thai Son Nam then doubled their lead with Tayebibidgoli to slot home for his second (16’).
The second-half stage was set for another combative. However, in an unfortunate day for the UAE side, the Vietnamese custodian continued to stand firm, stopping a barrage of attempts in the closing stages to secure a deserving 2-0 victory over Al Dhafra.
Thai Son Nam and Al Dhafrah will face either Nafit Al-Wasat or Al Rayyan who will face-off on Tuesday to determine the standings in Group B.