Last-gasp winner sends Thai Son Nam to semis at regional futsal champs

Thursday, 2018-08-09 17:10:24
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Thai Son Nam beat Nagoya Oceans 3-2 in extra time to book a berth in the semi-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018. (Photo: AFC)
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NDO - Keeper Ho Van Y was the hero for Thai Son Nam, as his last-gasp winner two minutes from the end of the second half of extra time sent the Vietnamese futsal club to the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Club Championship on August 8.

Thai Son Nam twice came back from a goal down to beat three times winners Nagoya Oceans 3-2 in the quarter-final match in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, yesterday.

Nagoya Oceans are Japan's leading futsal club and have won nine national championship titles. It was clear that the team entered the quarter-final match with confidence, creating pressure right from the start against their Vietnamese rivals.

Despite staying focused, Coach Miguel Rodrigo's side could not resist the attacking form of the Japanese players and conceded the opener just six minutes into the game from Ryohei Ando’s finish.

However, Thai Son Nam strengthened their attacks to find the leveller and performed well despite Nagoya’s pressure. Their efforts paid off three minutes from the half-time whistle as Tran Van Vu broke down the right wing before passing the ball to Nguyen Minh Tri to equalise 1-1.

However, Nagoya Oceans once again took the lead after Ryosuke Nishitani's near-post finish, to wrap up the first half with a 2-1 lead.

Thai Son Nam were determined to fight back in the second half and soon equalised again less than a minute in, thanks to Minh Tri’s strike from 15 metres to score his second.

After the second equaliser, the Vietnamese club played solidly, resulting in many difficulties for the Japanese and forcing the game to enter extra time.

The Vietnamese played bravely to hold the game through two extra periods. Just two minutes from the final whistle, Nagoya Oceans’ players pushed up for a power play but they failed as goalie Van Y stopped it, before firing the ball into an empty net to seal the 3-2 victory for his team.

The win helps Thai Son Nam to progress to the semi-final match against Lebanon’s Bank of Beirut on Friday. The latter also caused a shock as they beat defending champions Thai Chonburi Bluewave 3-2 in a penalty shootout (drawing 7-7 after official time and extra time).