HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's Thai Son Nam won third place at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Futsal Club Championship, as Bruno Garcia's side handed Iraq's NAFT Al Wasat a 7-3 defeat at the Naghse Jahan Stadium yesterday in Iran.
Viet Nam Thai Son Nam players celebrate after winning their historic bronze medal at the AFC Futsal Club Championship. Photo the-afc.com
Nguyen Minh Tri and Tran Van Vu both scored twice for the Southeast Asian club. Tran Long Vu and Le Quoc Nam also scored, while NAFT's Mohammad Naser Safari found the back of the net at both ends. Additionally, Waleed Khaled and Ali Abdulelah scored for NAFT.
The third place finish is the best result recorded by Thai Son Nam in their third time playing in the tournament, following a group stage exit in 2013 and a quarter-final slot last year.
Thai Son Nam took the lead with barely five seconds on the clock when Long Vu stole the ball from the Iraqi side straight from the kick-off before slipping the ball under goalkeeper Mohammed Noor to score.
Safari, however, levelled for NAFT in the seventh minute when he stormed clear before scoring from the edge, but five minutes later the Vietnamese were back in front with Minh Tri scoring when he was fed by Artur Yunusov.
An own goal by Safari – with the ball crossing the line after it struck the Iranian on the side of the head – doubled Thai Son Nam's lead and Duong Anh Tung could have added a fourth two minutes before the break, only his shot clipped the right post.
The Vietnamese did manage to move further ahead three minutes into the second half when Minh Tri claimed his second of the game with a shot from the left, but NAFT responded instantly when Khaled slammed the ball into the top corner.
NAFT then reduced the deficit to a single goal in the 26th minute when Thai Son Nam goalkeeper Ngo Dinh Thuan was not able to hold Rafid Hameed's shot from outside the area and Abdulelah made the most of his team's power play to push the ball over the line from close range.
Van Vu restored Thai Son Nam's two-goal lead one minute before Berzad Fereidoon's send off in the 30th minute for a second bookable offence gave Thai Son Nam the perfect opportunity to forge further ahead and, just over halfway through the two-minute penalty period, Nam converted after Nguyen Bao Quan's initial shot was blocked.
NAFT increasingly used the power play with Abdulelah on the field as time ticked down, but even with the additional outfield player, the Iraqi club could not find a way past the resolute Vietnamese and Van Vu added a seventh with barely seconds remaining. — VNS