Group C: Bluewave Chonburi 9-2 Vic Vipers FC
Yogyakarta: Thailand's Bluewave Chonburi opened their defence of the AFC Futsal Club Championship title in style, defeating Australia's Vic Vipers 9-2 in a Group C tie on Thursday.
Kritsada Wongkaeo picked up a hat-trick as Bluewave Chonburi sent out a warning to their AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 rivals.
Bluewave took the lead in the first minute when Suphawut Thueanklang’s volley from the edge of the area was blocked by Vic Vipers goalkeeper Adam Stuart Cooper but Kritsada Wongkaeo scored from the rebound.
Bluewave pushed for their second and came close to doubling their advantage in the sixth minute but Cooper was up to the task as he parried Nattavut Madyalan’s effort.
Bluewave had several chances to score again but could not break down Vic Vipers’ defence as Cooper was at his best.
The Thai’s persistence finally paid off with a minute left in the half when Jirawat Sornwichian found the advancing Rudimar Venancio who scored from close range.
After the break, Vic Vipers pulled one back through Yazid Kamaruzuan a minute into the restart.
Two minutes later Bluewave Chonburi captain Wongkaeo made it 3-1 when his long range effort beat Cooper.
Venancio increased Bulewave Chonburi's lead in the 23rd minute, picking up his second after some neat exchanges as he tapped in his effort past Cooper.
Vic Vipers claimed their second in the 25th minute when Victor Brauner fired his effort past Bluewave goalkeeper Katawut Hankampa.
Bluewave Chonburi, however, responded furiously as Madyalan (26th), Sorasak Phoonjungreed (27th), Wongkaeo (31st), Sornwichian (35th) and Thueanklang (35th) rained in the goals for an emphatic win.
The champions will take on FC Erem while Vic Vipers will play Al Sailiya next, with both ties on Saturday.
Bluewave Chonburi Head Coach Rakphol Sainetngamwas:
"It was a difficult first game but I told them to concentrate and do their best and it was a great opportunity for the young players to get some International match experience. To be the best team in the tournament, you can't be making defensive errors and we made two today and we hope to improve on that. I think the strongest teams in the competition are Mes Sungun and Nagoya Oceans and by saying we can win the competition, it will add more pressure on the team and players."
Vic Vipers Head Coach Milton Sakko:
"We played the Asian champions and I think for the first 28 minutes we played really well. No disrespect to the other teams but I will be very surprised if Chonburi don't beat the other teams. Sosecond spot is up for grabs and we have just as much a chance as FC Erem and Al Sailiya and we will try our best and I'm sure they will do the same."