Courtesy: AFF Web SiteAFF FUTSAL: Vietnam vanquish Philippines; first win for MyanmarApri 20, 2012
BANGKOK (20 April 2012) – Vietnam put up a stunning second half display to vanquish the Philippines 6-1 on the second match day of Group A as Myanmar picked up their first win at the AFF Futsal Championship 2012 when they edged Cambodia 7-6 here at the BangkokThonburi University Stadium.
The Vietnamese, who failed to make the final of the same championship two years ago when they were the hosts, were a lot more calculated this time round before knocking in the lead off Luu Quynh Toan just five minutes in.
But the Philippines still confident after their win over Myanmar yesterday, fought back for Misagh Bahadoran to nail the equalizer – his sixth goals in two matches – in the 16th minute of play.
However, Vietnam still managed to put their noses in front at the break when Bui Van Thang slammed home with a minute left of the first half.
The pep talk during the break was just what Sergio Gargelli’s men needed as Tran Hoang Vinh and Nguyen Bao Quan knocked in two quick goals on 25 minute before Tran Hoang Vinh added the fifth two minutes later.
The Philippines tried to stem the tide and while they conceded just one more goal through Pham Thanh Tuan a minute to the end, they just could not find it within them to close the gap as Vietnam went out clear winners.
In the meantime, Myanmar made up for their disappointing loss to the Philippines yesterday when they overcame Cambodia 7-6. But the game was anything but a walk in the park as Cambodia put up some fierce resistance before conceding the loss right at the end of play.
A hat-trick from Tin Win Ko Ko (13th, 28th and 39th minute) led the way for Myanmar as further goals from Kyaw Kyaw Tun (4th and 27th minute), Aung Aung (8th) and Pyae Pyho Maung 2 (33rd minute) ensured them the three points.
For Cambodia, the loss of concentration midway through the second half cost them the game even though they came close with a hat-trick from I Sothearith (7th, 16th and 23rd minute). Three further goals in the second half off Eung Slauth (23rd minute), Seun Sangpavich (30th) and Eung Slauth (39th) failed to save Cambodia from their second loss in two matches.
Courtesy: AFF Web SiteAFF FUTSAL: Classy Thais hit Brunei for 22 goals; Timor Leste bounce backApril 20, 2012
BANGKOK (20 April 2012) – It was a cracking opener from tournament favourites Thailand when they swept past Brunei 22-0 in a Group B match of the AFF Futsal Championship at the Bangkok Thonburi Stadium today.
Led by playmaker Suphawut Thuean, who was a standout with his superior skills and amazing control, Thailand completely outplayed their opponents to collect full points but more importantly, they also sent out the message that they were the ones to beat here.
Thailand’s classy display would surely have sent shivers down the spines of their other opponents who watched them in action today. This was the biggest win of the tournament so far following Indonesia’s 16-1 win over Timor Leste yesterday evening.
In the second Group B tie here later in the evening, Timor got over their heavy loss the previous day to score a hard-fought 4-3 win over Laos tonight.
Soon after a simple but colourful official opening ceremony today, Thailand, playing their first match of the tournament, exploded on court and scored within 20 seconds of the kick-off. As it turned out, the opening goal scorer Suphawut was the star of the team. He doubled the score within two minutes and added two more in the first half. By the break, Thailand were 9-0 up.
Suphawut was simply unstoppable and continued to harass the Brunei defence throughout. He eventually scored five goals today but he also played a crucial role in the team’s rout today by setting up his teammates.
Thailand’s other goals were netted by Kritsada Wongkaeo (five goals), Jirawat Sornwichia (three), Aref Ahamah (three), Jetsada Chudech (two) and numbers Nattawut Madlaya, Thanakorn Penpa and Apiwat Chaemcha one goal each.
In his haste to clear the ball, Brunei defender Ulfi Aminuddin blasted into his own net. Brunei had a chance to break the duck two minutes from the end but Muhammad Safwan Safri sent his shot to the right of the post.
In the other game tonight, Laos shot ahead through Saysana Inthavong but Timor Leste soon levelled the score through Manuel Varela Pereira. Moments later, Jose Vong intercepted a pass and coolly ran in to fire his team ahead.
Timor added a third from Jose but Laos replied with two more strikes from Kita Souksabai and Alounpadeth Phouangphet to put the score at 3-3. Jose charged back with the winner just under five minutes from time.
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