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AFC Futsal Championship: Bluewave Chonburi, Sanaye Giti Pasand, Thai Son Nam & Al Rayyan reach semifinals

08:03 SAST 2017/07/28
2017 AFC Futsal Club Championship | Thai Son Nam (Vietnam) 4-0 Nafit Al-Wasat (Iraq)
The Thai, Iranian, Vietnamese & Qatari clubs reached semifinals of the AFC Futsal Championships being held in the in Ho Chi Minh City.

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

QF1: Bluewave Chonburi (THA) 4-2 Shriker Osaka (JPN)

Bluewave Chonburi’s convincing 4-2 victory over Shriker Osaka did clinch their place in the semi-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 on Thursday.

Much was expected of this encounter between the two Asian giants. It was only a matter of time before the Thais began to show their class then took the lead in the eighth minute with Rudimar Venancio’s goal. Without a moment of reprieve for Shriker, the Thai then doubled their lead two minutes later thanks to their twin terrors - Jirawat Sornwichian (10’) and Suphawut Thueanklang (11’).

It was all one-way traffic in the opening minutes of the second half, as Shriker rallied towards finding a way back into the match. With virtually nothing left to lose, the Japanese then activated the power play at the midway point of the second half, a move that paid-off three minutes later when Sota Shibano nutmegged Hankampa and scored at 33rd minute. A minute later, Shriker sent the Thais into panic after grabbing their second with Sato scoring with a fine finish from distance, setting up a nail-biting end.

Despite their valiant efforts, the Japanese side’s power play finally worked against them, when Venancio profited from Arthur De Oliveira’s error to steer the ball into an empty net.

QF2: Sanaye Giti Pasand (IRN) 2-0 Bank of Beirut (LIB)

Sanaye Giti Pasand booked their place in the last four of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 after battling to a 2-0 victory against a spirited Bank of Beirut FC side on Thursday.  

Bank of Beirut’s roaring start seemed to have unnerved Giti Pasand with the Iranians struggling to find the rhythm to carve out any meaningful chance as the first half reached the midway mark. With 38.8 seconds on the clock, it was Giti Pasand finally breaking the deadlock, when Orouji eased past Ali Tneich before slotting home to give the Iranians a crucial lead.  

Feeling somewhat aggrieved to have conceded, Bank of Beirut then came storming out in the second period. However, Giti Pasand increased their lead with Ahmad Esmaeilpour’s easy finish in the 29th minute.

The Lebanese would deploy the power play in the remaining minutes but despite dominating possession, were lucky not have conceded another when Abbasi saw his effort just whisk past their empty goalmouth.

QF3: NAFIT Al-Wasat (IRQ) 0-4 Thai Son Nam FC (VIE)

Thai Son Nam created the first upset of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 after defeating 2016 finalists NAFIT Al-Wasat 4-0 to seal their place in the competition’s final four on Thursday.

Having squeezed through to the last eight on the final day of group matches, Thai Son Nam seemed adamant on establishing their authority early in the match with Iranian home favorite Hossein Tayebibidgoli coming close to giving the home side the lead. The home side continued to pile the pressure, with standout situations created by Tran Thai Huy, Lukaian Baptista before NAFIT finally carved their first genuine chances of the match.

Turning to the second half, after a dominant spell of possession, the home side finally was rewarded with Nguyen Minh Tri’s opener (34’). Two minutes later, the home crowd erupted again when Baptista’s no-look pass to Tran Van Vu, found an unmarked Minh Tri for a simple tap-in.

With a place in the last four in the balance, NAFIT then deployed their power play for the first time in the competition, but the move failed miserably for the away side after Van Vu (38’) and Pham Duc Hoa (40’) added a goal each, secure a 4-0 victory for Thai Son Nam.

QF4: Al Dhafra FC (UAE) 3-4 Al Rayyan (QAT)

Al Rayyan clinched their spot in the last four of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 after defeating Al Dhafra 4-3 in the quarter-final on Thursday.

It was Al Rayyan’s foreign import – Diego Costa – who would steal the show, placing a cool finish in the ninth minute, then adding his second just two minutes later. However, the Qatar side was helpless to stop Vassoura’s right-legged thunderbolt (17’), narrowing the gap for the UAE side.

The second-half opened to a cautious approach adopted by both sides. With the match craving a moment of individual ingenuity, Taheri stepped up to drive home a spell-bounding powerful free-kick (25’). The goal opened up the game, as Al Dhafra abandoned their conservative style, driving forward with greater intent to find their second goal of the match. Finally, the import Vassoura snatched his second of the match with Henmi once again the provider.

Despite Al Dhafra’s hunt for an equalizer, Al Rayyan added their fourth with Flavio Barreto Arantes’s goal (35’). The UAE side pulled a goal back in virtually the last second of the match but it was a mere consolation.

To sum up, Al Rayyan (QAT) will face Giti Pasand (IRN) for the first semi-final match of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017  and the second one will be an encounter between two giants of SEA: Thai Son Nam (VIE) and Bluewave Chonburi (THA).