Group C: FC EREM 1-5 Bluewave Chonburi
Yogyakarta: Bluewave Chonburi booked their spot in the quarter-finals after sailing past FC Erem 5-1 in a Group C tie at the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Saturday.
The win puts the defending champions top of Group B with six points while FC Erem have three.
The match was a tense affair with both teams trying their best to control the game from the start. FC Erem played with the same intensity as they did against Al Sailiya on Thursday, which they won 4-1.
In the opening minute Dilshat Kadyrov came close to scoring for FC Erem but his low drive to the right was deflected by Bluewave Chonburi goalkeeper Katawut Hankampa for a corner.
In the third minute, Suphawut Thueanklang found space above the arc and the Thai ace placed his shot at the bottom corner of the net for the lead.
FC Erem were unfazed by the goal and continued to press but Hankampa was at his best and kept the Kyrgyz Republic outfit at bay.
Thueanklang doubled Bluewave’s advantage in the eighth minute when he picked up a square pass from Apiwat Chaecharoen and fired past FC Erem goalkeeper Kirill Ermolov.
The game kicked into high gear right after with both teams trading blows but Bluewave showed their clinical side just before the break when they pounced on FC Erem on the counter.
Rudimar Vanancio added Bluewave’s third with five seconds left in the half when he blasted his shot into the roof of the net from close range.
In the second half, Bluewave took control of the match and punished FC Erem further when Thueanklang found the net in the 23rd minute after picking up a loose ball at the edge of the area.
With his back turned from goal, Thueanklang made a sharp turn and his shot found its way past Ermolov to complete his hat-trick and put Bluewave 4-0 up.
Captain Kristada Wongkaeo got on the scoresheet in the same minute with a long-range effort.
FC Erem, however, did not lose hope and pulled one back in the 28th minute when Adilet Kultaev muscled his way past Wongkaeo and his strike was initially blocked by Hankampa but the ball trickled into goal.
FC Erem continued to apply pressure throughout the remaining minutes of the match as they pushed for goals but Bluewave’s packed defence foiled their wave of attacks.
Bluewave play Qatar’s Al Sailiya next on Monday while FC Erem take on Vic Vipers.
Bluewave Chonburi Head Coach Rakphol Sainetngamwas:
"I'm satisfied with the way my players did today. In fact, for both our matches so far, we did well. Against Erem today, we gave the younger players a chance as this would give them the experience as we also encourage them to play their game. However, we made a couple of mistakes against Erem which allowed them to score. Almost every team we have faced play a very physical game but we have speed on our side and that gives us the advantage. Our next game is against Al Sailiya and we will be ready for them."