Group C: Bluewave Chonburi turn on the power
Yogyakarta: Thailand’s Bluewave Chonburi cruised past Qatar's Al Sailiya 7-2 to top Group C of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Monday.
The defending champions will face Group D runners-up Bank of Beirut in the quarter-finals.
Bluewave took control of the match early on with Rudimar Venancio firing a low drive which forced Al Sailiya goalkeeper Ahmad Khalil into conceding a corner.
This time, Venancio was the orchestrator when his corner kick found Suphawut Thueanklang at the top of the arc, who gave no chance to Khalil for the opening goal in the first minute.
Al Sailiya got a grip on the game two minutes later of a counter when Mohamad Safari broke free and unleashed a shot from the left which forced a save from Bluewave goalkeeper Katawut Hankampa.
Al Sailiya continued to prod the Thais but often fell short against their quicker opponents.
Venancio doubled their lead in the 11th minute after finding space in the middle before unleashing a long-range effort past Khalil.
Bluewave were calm and collected as Kristada Wongkaeo dictated the pace of the match and was often at the centre of their counter attacks.
The Qataris, however, kept pressing Bluewave with shots on goal and had a set-piece opportunity in the 13th minute but Murilo Zabot Silva’s effort flew straight into the arms of Hankampa.
Wongkaeo then got on the scoresheet and made it look easy for Bluewave’s third goal in the 16th minute, when he lobbed his shot over the advancing Khalil to make it 3-0
Safari’s persistence paid off when his shot finally made its way into the back of the net a minute into the second half after his long-range effort from the left took a deflection off Nattavut Madyalan.
Madyalan almost made amends a minute later when he faced Khalil head on following a counter attack but the Al Sailiya shot stopper blocked his effort.
In the 26th minute Saad Jumah Al-Mohannadi had a beautiful opportunity to score Al Sailiya’s second at the top of the box but the captain couldn’t keep his shot low.
Bluewave were comfortable soaking up the pressure and scored their fourth through Madyalan’s free-kick in the 29th minute and added their fifth two minutes later through Panut Kittipanuwong after some neat exchanges with Sorasak Phoonjungreed.
Al Sailiya, however, continued to press further but paid the price after being exposed at the back as Bluewave countered swiftly and made it 6-1 from Phoonjungreed’s strike.
Kittipanuwong added his second after finding space at the top of the box and fired a clinical finish but Al Sailiya had the last say and made it 7-2 through Hadi Jaber Al-Braidi in the 39th minute.
Bluewave Chonburi Head Coach Rakphol Sainetngamwas: "I'm satisfied with our performance today and I gave chance to the younger players to gain some experience. They are not up to the mark yet with the established players but we will get there. The games will be harder from now on and we just have to keep improving. We play Bank of Beirut in the last-eight, they are a very strong team but for us it's about revenge against Lebanon who beat us (Thailand national team) in the AFC Futsal Championship in Chinese Taipei this year."
Al Sailiya Head Coach Imran Miguel Alves Cunha: "It was a good game and we kept fighting till the end. But we expected this, Chonburi are the champions, they are a professional team and we have amateur players. It was hard, after our short break from the Qatar league, we tried."