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Altawail proud of Thai Son Nam’s fighting spirit

Yogyarta: Abdulrahman Altawail was the hero for Thai Son Nam, when he scored a last-gasp winner against Al Dhafra in their Group B tie at the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Sunday.

In an exciting tie, Thai Son Nam led 2-0 at halftime but a spirited fightback by Al Dhafra in the second half saw them draw level.

The Vietnamese side then went ahead 3-2 in the 36th minute only for the Emiratis to draw level again a minute later.

With three minutes to go at the Gor Amongrogo, Thai Son Nam were staring at elimination as a draw would have sent Al Dhafra second on points and through to the Knockout Stage but Altawail had other ideas.

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The Kuwaiti, who was instrumental for Thai Son Nam in the first half when he assisted Chau Doan Phat for the second goal, fired a long-range effort which found its way through the legs of Al Dhafra goalkeeper Hassan Ali Alhantoobi in the final seconds of the game, sending the Thai Son Nam bench into a frenzy.

“It was a tough game against Al Dhafra. We were leading by two goals but they came back fighting and made it very difficult for us in the second half,” said Altawail.

“It was an intense match, both teams played hard and we are just happy to advance into the next round. It was a great feeling to score and win the match.

“I’m very happy I was able to contribute to the team. We showed character and fighting spirit. I’m very proud of my teammates. Nagoya Oceans (of Japan) are up next and they are three-time champions but we will be ready for them.”

Photo: AFC

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