Group A: Vamos FC 8-1 Victoria University College FC
Yogyakarta: Vamos FC kicked off their 2018 AFC Futsal Club Championship campaign in style when they beat Victoria University College FC 8-1 at the Gor Uny on Wednesday.
It was an explosive start for both teams as Vamos, playing in front of their home fans, fought for an early foothold in the opening minutes.
Vamos had an early chance of scoring and came close when Anzar pulled his shot wide at the left side of the post.
The home side kept the pressure on Victoria University College and were rewarded after five minutes of play when Al Fajri Zikri’s sharp turn left his marker rooted on the left flank and he scored from the edge of the penalty box.
Two minutes later, Dennis Guna Bawana doubled the advantage when he converted a square pass after some good work from Bagus Himawan down the left.
Vamos added intensity in their attack when they brought in Papua New Guinea import Adolfo Christian Yembise and were rewarded with a third goal in the eighth minute.
Himawan calmly beat Victoria University College goalkeeper Zaw Myo Htike after capitalising on a defensive error as Vamos sat comfortably in front.
Anzar added Vamos’ fourth in the 11th minute after his low drive from the right flank beat Victoria University College’s defence and goalkeeper Zaw.
Four minutes from the break, Nandi Sumawijaya found himself in open space and scored a beautifully executed back heel which drew applause from the fans.
Victoria University College came strongly off the blocks in the second half as they pressed the home side high in their own half.
Their patience paid off as substitute Naing Lin Tun Kyaw pulled one back for the visitors with 11 minutes to go.
Vamos replied two minutes later when Marvin Alexa Wossiry made it 6-1 off a counter attack while Himawan picked up his second of the match to give them their seventh goal.
With a minute to go, Anzar could have made it 8-1 but his penalty was saved by Zaw. Iqbal Aliefian added the icing on the cake when he scored from the top of the penalty box to give the hosts a comprehensive victory.
Vamos will face China PR’s Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC next on Friday.
Vamos Head Coach Reza Falahzadeh
"This was the first match in the competition and it was tricky for Vamos as we are playing at home in front of the home fans and we did well. Victoria University College is a good team and Vamos got the win. Sometimes we can play very badly but today we beat a good team. I think all my players did well today especially our goalkeeper Mostafa and I'm proud of them."
Victoria University College Head Coach Htay Myint
"We lost against a better side today, I'm proud of my players as most of them are young and It's important for them to get the experience. Vamos captain Syahidansyah Lubis was exceptional today. I think he was the best player for Vamos."