Group C: Vic Vipers FC 2-4 Al Sailiya SC
Yogyakarta: Qatar’s Al Sailiya picked up their first win after defeating Vic Vipers of Australia 4-2 in a Group C tie at the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Saturday.
The win gives the Qataris hope to qualify for the next round as they lie level with FC Erem with three points while Vic Vipers are bottom.
Al Sailiya’s Hadi Jaber Al Braidi went close to scoring three minutes in but he failed to pounce on a loose ball after Vic Vipers’ goalkeeper Adam Stuart blocked Mohammad Safari’s effort from long-range effort.
A minute later, the Australians had their chance when Shayan Alinejad mistimed his shot in the box which went straight into the arms of Al Sailiya goalkeeper Ahmad Khalil.
Al Sailiya took the lead in the eighth minute when Saad Jumah Al Mohannadi’s effort from the left was blocked by Stuart but he made no mistake from the rebound to give the Qataris a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later Al-Mohannadi missed a golden opportunity to double Al Sailiya’s lead when he missed a simple tap in from a set-piece.
Vic Vipers pressed further and were rewarded in the 13th minute when Victor Brauner’s cross from the right found Alinejad who volleyed home the equaliser from close range.
Both teams picked up the pace as they match wore on but it was Al Sailiya who benefited in the 17th minute from a corner.
Safari connected well from Murilo Zabot Silva’s delivery which left Stuart rooted as Sailiya led 2-1.
Imran Miguel Cunha’s men made it 3-1 with two minutes left in the half when Saad Bilal Al Shahwani squeezed his effort past substitute goalkeeper Christos Apostolakis, which grazed the post and into the net.
In the second half, Vic Vipers started with purpose but were unable to break down their opponents as they suffered further agony after five minutes.
Safari was brought down by the Australians and Silva scored a breathtaking free-kick just off the halfway line to give Sailiya a comfortable 4-1 advantage.
Vic Vipers, who lost 9-2 to Bluewave Chonburi in their Group C opener, however did not lose hope and fought hard to break down Al Sailiya’s tight defence.
With seven minutes left Vic Vipers activated the power play as they peppered Al Sailiya’s goalmouth with shots and were finally rewarded with two minutes left in the game after captain Jonathan Barrientos’ strike from the left sailed past Khalil.
Vic Vipers will play FC Erem in their last group match on Monday while Al Sailiya will take on defending champions Bluewave Chonburi.
Al Sailiya Head Coach Imran Miguel Cunha:
"We controlled the space and the rhythm of the game. The players were fantastic even when we took the lead. We saw that they did power play, but we defended well. It wasn't perfect, but it's never perfect. The pressure is to win the game against the defending champions, and we need to score. We need to try our best, and we are not afraid. We have a good spirit within the team.
Vic Vipers FC Head Coach Miltiadis Sakkos:
"We made too many mistakes, which led to the goals and the end we ran out of time. But I thought we made a good effort, we pressed as hard as we could and created chances. From a defensive perspective, at least three of the goals were our own fault. We were relying on the fact that they would get tired and we pressed but it wasn't enough in the end. The next match against FC EREM, we have to rely on having a good performance and trying to put a win together. Our job is to prepare as best as we can, and try to build on this performance. We were much better than our first game, and we will try to much better in the third game."