Here is the recap from Day 4 in the 2017 AFC Futsal Championship which is currently taking place in Ho Chi Minh City.
Group D: lmalyk FC (UZB) 3-8 Bank of Beirut (LIB)
An inspired performance by Dragan Tomic gave Bank of Beirut FC a comfortable 8-3 victory over FC Almalyk, keeping alive their dreams of a place in the last eight of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 on Sunday.
Fully aware of the stakes after the opening day defeat to Bluewave Chonburi, Bank of Beirut approached the match carefully then managed to convert early possession into the opener scored by Dragan Tomic (5’). Bank of Beirut then extended their lead seven minutes later with a thunderous shot from Moustafa Serhan (12’). The Uzbeks were then given a lifeline after goal-scorer Serhan was penalised for handling the ball in the area. An unstoppable shot from Irsaliev Dilshod helped Imalyk come close to the equalizer just two minutes before the break.
Bank of Beirut came storming out after the breather but Artur Yunusov equalized for the Uzbeks with a well-executed half-volley (22’). The Lebanon, however quickly took the lead again with 4 consecutive goals by Mouhammad Hammoud (26’), Tomic (30’), Karim Abou Zeid (30’) and El Dine (35’). The match then saw a quick succession of own goals by both sides - first by Almalyk’s Captain Sviridov and then by Bank of Beirut's Serhan before Jafari added a simple tap-in to round off a resounding 8-3 victory for the Lebanon side.
Group B: Disi Invest (TJK) 1-2 Al Rayyan (QAT)
Al Rayyan’s claims for a quarter-final berth in the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 received a massive boost after the Qatar side grabbed a 2-1 victory over Tajikistan’s Disi Invest on Sunday.
The West Asian side led from the start, grabbing their first goal scored by Flavio Arantes (2’). The Qataris were made to work hard by a Tajikistan side desperate to remain in the running for a quarter-final berth after their opening day defeat to Nafit Al-Wasat. Both sides continued to battle in a scrappy first half but it was Al Rayyan then doubling their lead with Lucas Oliveira’s goal (17’) before the break.
The patient and measured approach by both teams continued in the second-half. Disi Invest was then rewarded with the equalizer scored by Amin Nasrollah Zadeh’s (30’). With nothing else to lose, the Tajikistan club then deployed the power play strategy in the final three minutes but Al Rayyan displayed iron steel focus to snatch the precious three points and their second successive victory.
Group B: Vamos FC (IDN) 3-6 NAFT Al-Wasat (IRQ)
Naft Al-Wasat secured their place in the last eight of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 after defeating Vamos FC 6-3 on Sunday.
The Indonesians looked eager to put their opening day heartbreak behind them. The Iraqis responded almost instantaneously, snatching their first goal by Farhad Tavakoli (2’). The goal seemed to quicken the pace of the game. Despite hard efforts from Vamos FC, Nafit extended their lead with the double from Salim Faisal 13’, 19’) and Waleed Khalid’s goal (22’).
Vamos FC finally got their reward two minutes after with Syauqi Saud’s goal (24’). Nafit then restored order through goals by Hasan Ali (26’) and Rafid Hameed (28’). While Nafit rocked the woodwork, Vamos FC were somewhat unfortunate not to have narrowed the gap.
In a desperate attempt, the Indonesians then dispensed their keeper for the power play, and the move proved successful with the double from Andri Kustiawan (35’, 40’) but still unable to save them from a defeat to one of the best teams in the continent.
Nafit will now take on Al Rayyan for Group B supremacy on Tuesday, while Vamos FC and Disi Invest will play for pride in their final match on the same day.