Group A: Nagoya Oceans 6-1 Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC
Yogyakarta: Nagoya Oceans showed their class, defeating Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC 6-1 in their opening AFC Futsal Club Championship Group C tie at the Gor Uny on Wednesday.
The three-time AFC Futsal Club champions applied pressure early on, testing Dalian goalkeeper Feng Xiaoyu with a barrage of shots but the Chinese custodian was up to the task as he parried them all.
Dalian kept it tight at the back and matched Nagoya’s physical strength and held on for as long as they could.
But their resistance finally broke in the 10th minute when Hashimoto Masaya found space in the middle and sent a blistering shot past Feng.
Nagoya doubled their lead in the 15th minute when Yoshikawa Tomoki collected a square pass from the right to give the Japanese side a 2-0 advantage.
With four minutes left in the half, Dalian activated the power play and Wang Hongwei forced Nagoya goalkeeper Yushi Sekiguchi into making his first save of the match.
Masaya claimed his second of the match two minutes after the restart when he blasted his effort from the top of the penalty box off a corner.
Luiz Fernando Cardozo made it 4-0 four minutes into the second half after some slick exchanges found him space in the penalty box as he tapped in from close range to give Nagoya a commanding lead.
Dalian tried to force their way past Nagoya but their efforts fell flat as the Japanese were well organised.
Cardazo then added Nagoya’s fifth with seven minutes left after connecting from Kiyoto Yagi’s cross as he left Feng without a chance.
Dalian scored their consolation with a minute left to play when Shen Siming made no mistake from the spot to beat Nagoya goalkeeper Sekiguchi.
Nagoya however made it 6-1 in the final seconds of the match when substitute Ryohei Ando tapped in from close range.
On Friday, Nagoya will face Victoria University College while Dalian will take on hosts Vamos FC.
Nagoya Oceans Head Coach Pedro Costa "It was a very physical game from the start of the match. Playing against a team like Dalian is always very difficult as we didn't know what to expect. They are a good side and we did our best. In our next match against Victoria University College, we want to be in control from the start and maintain our good run."
Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC Head Coach Lee Jian Lei "Today was the big chance for my players to play a huge team like Nagoya and this was the biggest obstacle for us. It was a great exposure for my young players. For the next match against Vamos, I believe it will be even harder. My players followed my instructions and I will use the same formation against the Indonesian side."