Group C: Al Sailiya SC 1-4 FC EREM
Yogyakarta: Kyrgyz Republic’s FC Erem fought back from a goal down to overcome Al Sailiya of Qatar 4-1 in an AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 Group C tie on Thursday.
It was a hotly contested affair from the start as both teams fought for possession with FC Erem taking the lion’s share.
Although Al Sailiya were often pegged in their own half, the Qataris were comfortable defending as they soaked up the pressure, counter-attacking when they had a chance.
Al Sailiya, however, took the lead in the 12th minute when Mohammad Safari surged down the right and fired straight at FC Erem goalkeeper Kirill Ermolov.
Ermolov, however, failed to hold the shot and Mohamed Ali poked in the rebound from close range to give Al Sailiya the early advantage.
Rattled after conceding a goal, FC Erem immediately applied pressure to force their way back into the game and came close to equalising in the 14th minute when Emil Kanetov’s effort was cleared off the line by Murilo Zabot Silva.
Hadi Jaber M H Al-Braidi almost doubled the scoreline two minutes later but the forward mistimed Silva’s delivery from the right.
FC Erem kept pressing for a goal in the second half and were rewarded in the 24th minute when Kanetov’s long range effort took a deflection to equal the tie.
Al Sailiya cracked under pressure as they conceded again in the 25th minute when Iuldashbai Salimbaev lost his marker with a clever turn at the top of the penalty box to blast his effort past goalkeeper Ahmad Khalil for his team to take the lead.
FC Erem then scored two quickfire goals in the 26th minute courtesy of the Akbar Kazemi and Pavel Taku combination.
Kazemi connected beautifully from close range following Taku’s lob from the right which he squeezed through the legs of Khalil for a 3-1 lead.
Taku then got on the scoresheet next when FC Erem increased the intensity of their attacks as Kazemi was left unmarked in the middle as he fed Pavel for a simple tap in.
FC Erem will face defending champions Bluewave Chonburi while Al Sailiya will meet Vic Vipers of Australia on Saturday.
FC Erem Head Coach Daniar Abdraimov:
“We had a plan for the match as we analysed our opponents and decided to play high tempo but unfortunately we conceded the goal because of an error. We changed our tactics in the second half and scored four so I’m happy about that. We face the defending champions (Bluewave Chonburi) next and we know they have experience on their side and we know their key players but we will play our own game and you will see that in the next match.”
Al Sailiya Head Coach Imran Miguel Alves Cunha:
“In the second half we were not focused and that changed the game. My players were fantastic, even though Erem changed their tactics, my players did well. We just have some corrections to make and that’s all on me. For our next match we play the Australian team (Vic Vipers) and I saw their opening match. They defended well, they played good. They are always communicating with each other and they are good as a unit. My players are ready and they will do their best.”