Yogyakarta: Three-time champions Nagoya Oceans advanced to the quarter-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 after defeating Victoria University College 4-0 in a Group A tie on Friday.
Nagoya lead Group A with maximum points, ahead of Vamos FC on four, while Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC have a point with Victoria bottom.
Pedro Costa’s men, who beat Dalian 6-1 in their opener, stamped their authority early in the match as they held the majority of possession but found it hard to break Victoria down.
As slick as Nagoya were in their passing, Victoria chased every ball down and gave the Japanese little room to operate as goalkeeper Nyi Nyi San was hardly troubled.
Victoria’s best chance came in the 11th minute when Nyein Min Soe fired a low drive just wide off the post.
It was not long before the East Asians found the net in the 13th minute when Neto Antonio Hirata connected off a corner to poke the ball past goalkeeper Nyi.
Ryohei Ando doubled Nagoya’s lead three minutes later after executing a beautiful volley off a corner which found the bottom right of the net.
With a minute left in the half, Victoria tried to fight back and came close to finding the net but Myo Nyint Soe’s effort from close range flew past the crossbar.
In the second half, Nagoya kept up the pressure but it was Victoria who had the better chance four minutes in when Nyein - with only the keeper to beat - fired his effort low but was blocked by Nagoya custodian Shinoda Ryuma.
Nagoya was in full flow in the 27th minute when Hashimoto Masaya fed Luiz Fernando Cardozo who found space on top of the arc as he cooly found the bottom right of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Nagoya almost scored their fourth two minutes later when captain Hoshi Ryuta unleashed a long range strike but his effort found the crossbar.
Ryosuke Nishitani made it 4-0 in the 36th minute when he pounced on a defensive error from Victoria and fired a low drive past Nyi.
Victoria, who lost 8-1 to Vamos on Wednesday, could not match their opponents speed and agility as Nagoya sailed to a 4-0 victory.
Nagoya will next play Vamos on Sunday while Victoria take on Dalian.
Victoria University College Head Coach Htay Myint:
"In our first match we had many players who had no experience playing in the Championship and we learned from that game against Vamos. Today we were a little more confident against Nagoya and we tried to play our best. We tried very hard to get a goal but it did not happen. Dalian are one of the best teams, they are better than us in everything but we will try hard to win."
Nagoya Oceans Head Coach Pedro Costa:
"We found it difficult to get the goal at the start of the first half, the same was for the second. We expected a closed defence and we were confident of getting the goal. We had almost 90 percent of possession but Victoria made it really hard for us. We have to be able to score more goals and we are not happy with our game today. There are a lot of teams who are better than us, and we have to improve in the last 15 metres. Passing is good but we have to be more clinical up front because futsal without goals is nothing."