Group D: Jordan 1-3 Kyrgyz Republic
Taipei: Kyrgyz Republic inched closer to the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship quarter-finals after beating Jordan 3-1 at the Xinzhuang Stadium on Sunday.
Maskat Alimov and Uulu Manas Abdrasul gave Kyrgyz Republic a two-goal lead in the first half, with Qais Shabib reducing Jordan’s deficit in the 27th minute. However, it was shortlived hope for Jordan as Adilet Kultaev found the back of the net to confirm three points for his side.
Kyrgyz Republic had played to a 2-2 draw with Lebanon on Matchday One while it was Jordan’s second defeat, having lost 5-1 to Thailand on Friday.
Kyrgyz Republic asserted their dominance from the get-go with Emil Kanetov firing off an early warning shot which struck the bar with just 20 seconds gone.
Jordan, however, could keep up with the high tempo despite playing without key player Samer Naser, who received a red card in their opening match against Thailand.
Alimov opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he sidestepped Jordan skipper Ahmed Arab and found the top left of the net, before Kultaev easily intercepted a back pass and set Manas Abdrasul to score from close range three minutes later.
After amounting five fouls, Amirzhan Mukanov’s charges then played more cautiously but Jordan failed to capitalise on the space and the score stayed 2-0 going into the break.
Saleh Abu Jafer’s side returned in the second half more passionate, and Shabib made sure Jordan got on the scoreboard when he surged down the right flank and let fly a superb shot in the 27th minute.
Kyrgyz Republic regained their two-goal lead when Kultaev was left unguarded in the box to tap the ball in with ease, courtesy of Adilet Imanbekov’s neat pass.
Jordan will meet Lebanon, while Kyrgyz Republic face Thailand on Tuesday.
Amirzhan Mukanov: Kyrgyz Republic Head Coach
“We prepared really well for this match because we played against them in the 2017 Asian Indoor Games, so we knew how they play. But we missed a lot of chances, unfortunately we couldn’t score more, but we got the result, and we are satisfied with that. The players didn’t defend well in the beginning against the power play, but they got better. Thailand are definitely the favourites in our group, and we have to give everything and try to play our game.”