Vietnam kindle hopes at regional futsal champ after narrow win over Bahrain

Sunday, 2018-02-04 14:24:32
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Vietnam (white) on three points after two Group A matches.
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NDO – Vietnam’s futsal team were rewarded for their great determination with a 2-1 victory over the Gulf team Bahrain in a dramatic match in the second group game at the ongoing Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Championship in Chinese Taipei on February 3.

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Following a loss in the final seconds of their opening match against Malaysia, coach Miguel Rodrigo’s side came into their second game in Group A against Bahrain with their only goal being to win three points and kindle their hopes for a place in the knock-out phase.

Up against the strength of Bahrain, the Vietnamese team stood their ground and played their own game at a slow pace to limit the maximum the speed of their opponents. The Gulf team were also thirsty for points after drawing their opening match, so they also played with caution to ensure they didn’t concede.

Bahrain’s captain Mohamed Al Sandi and Ali Saleh twice challenged Vietnam’s goalie Dinh Thuan in the first half but failed to net a goal. At the other end of the pitch, following several unsuccessful attacks, Vietnamese players combined to score two quick-fire goals in the last minutes of the first half.

In the 18th minute, Dac Huy opened the scoring for Vietnam and Trong Luan widened the gap two minutes later with a powerful shot.

The second half got underway with a Bahraini attack, giving Adel Marzooq a sight of goal which was only denied by the quick reflexes of Van Tien. Bahrain finally earned an equaliser in the 29th minute thanks to Radhi Alsandi’s deflected finish.

The remaining minutes saw both sides launch successive attacks but no more goals were to be had. Vietnam missed the opportunity to score from the spot when a penalty was awarded with over four minutes left. The match ended 2-1 to Vietnam.

The dramatic victory has ensured coach Miguel Rodrigo’s squad got their first three points on the board after two matches at the tournament. They are currently ranked third after Malaysia, who lost 4-5 to host Chinese Taipei the same day.

Vietnam will play the hosts next for their last group match on February 5.