Thai Son Nam earns ticket for AFC Futsal Club final

Saturday, 2018-08-11 18:01:13
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Thai Son Nam earns ticket for AFC Futsal Club final
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NDO — Vietnam’s Thai Son Nam earned a ticket to the final of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 for the first time after coming from behind to defeat Lebanon’s Bank of Beirut 6-5 in a thrilling semi-final match at the tournament in Indonesia on August 10.

Thai Son Nam have had surprising success in this tournament after beating three-time Asia champions Nagoya Oceans of Japan 3-2 in the quarter-finals, which inspired coach Miguel Rodrigo’s team in the semi-final encounter against Bank of Beirut.

Thai Son Nam started with purpose as they tried to get a head start in the game but the Vietnamese club found Beirut’s defence hard to break down.

Instead, they conceded two goals, which were scored by Abdultahman Altawail and Karim Abou Zeid within the first 15 minutes. However, Thai Son Nam still dominated the game and after many missed opportunities, they finally found a breakthrough in the 19th minute when Vu Quoc Hung caught Beirut napping as his strike flew past goalkeeper Hussein Hamadani.

Bank of Beirut suddenly widened the score to 3-1 with another goal in the beginning of the second half. Under great pressure, the Vietnamese club had to play a high-pressing game in search of more goals. Hung pulled one back in the 31st minute when he blasted his effort from the top of the arc to reduce Thai Son Nam’s deficit.

The Vietnamese club then scored two goals in quick succession in the 33rd minute through Vu Duc Tung from close range following Nguyen Thanh Tin’s pass and Tin also got his name on the score sheet seconds later after capitalising on a defensive error to fire Thai Son Nam into the lead for the first time in the match.

Bank of Beirut activated a power play but continued to suffer with another two goals by Tin and Pham Duc Hoa in the 36th and 39th minutes respectively. The Lebanese club managed to score another two goals before the match concluded 5-6 with the victory going to the Vietnamese team.

Thai Son Nam’s win sets up an enticing final against Mes Sungun of Iran lub, while Beirut will play Nafit Al Wasat in the third-place playoff on August 12.