Group B: Thai Son Nam FC 10-1 Jeonju MAG FC
Yogyakarta: Vietnam’s Thai Son Nam opened their AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 campaign in fabulous fashion, beating Jeonju MAG FC of Korea Republic 10-1 at the Gor Amongrogo on Wednesday.
Less that two minutes into the match, Nguyen Minh Tri scored Thai Son Nam’s first goal with a superb strike, courtesy of a deflected pass from Abdulrahman Al Tawail.
Despite the early goal advantage, Miguel Rodrigo’s charges took their time with the ball and played cautiously but pressuring Jeonju into a defensive formation.
Thirteen minutes in, Thai Son Nam showed their prowess with set-pieces as Minh Tri’s corner kick saw the ball sailing into the danger area, and Roberto Tobe took advantage of the scramble to tap home.
In the final minutes of the first half, Jeonju showed sparks of life as they looked to reduce the two-goal deficit, but Thai Son Nam held their nerves.
Lee Young-jin’s side returned in the second half more spirited and aggressive, with skipper Shin Jong-hoon coming close in the 22nd minute when he released a crackling shot but it struck the upright.
Just moments later, Thai Son Nam furthered their advantage through another corner set-piece, with Pham Duc Hoa scoriing.
An unruffled Jeonju continued to pile on the pressure, forcing Thai Son Nam into making mistakes in their own half, and less than a minute later, Cho Byung-girl etched his name on the scoresheet through a corner set-piece of their own.
In the 25th minute, Thai Son Nam were given a free-kick near the second penalty spot after Jo Du-hee’s rough tackle on Tobe. Al Tawail stepped up to take the free-kick, making no mistake as he drove the ball into the bottom right corner.
Ton That Phi and Minh Tri showed tremendous teamwork with their synergy, and their partnership paid dividends moments later with Minh Tri scoring his second.
Vu Duc Tung, Tran Van Vu and Ngo Ngoc Son found the back of the net in the 28th. 29th and 34th minutes respectively to put Thai Son Nam in a comfortable position.
Al Tawail made it 9-0 with three minutes left on the clock with his perfect volley, before That Phi ended proceedings with his second goal of the night.
Thai Son Nam will look to continue their fine form as they go up against Iraq's Nafit Al Wasat, while Jeonju face United Arab Emirates' Al Dhafra on August 3.