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Masaya glad to have played key role in Nagoya win

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Hashimoto Masaya v Dalian Yuan Dynasty - 2018 FCC

Yogyakarta: Hashimoto Masaya scored twice for Nagoya Oceans but said his opener against Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC was crucial for the 6-1 win in their AFC Futsal Club Championship 2018 Group A tie on Wednesday.

“The most important thing is the three points and we faced a lot of pressure in the first game as we wanted to win the match. The opening goal was very difficult for us as Dalian were well organised.

“We tried and tried and it was hard but I managed to change that when I came on as a substitute and it was a good feeling. I did a good job for my team and the goals were very important for Nagoya," said Masaya.

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Masaya played a vital role in breaking down Dalian Yuan Dynasty’s defence when he sent a screamer past goalkeeper Feng Xiaoyu for the opening goal as Nagoya then scored another to take a 2-0 lead at halftime.

The forward was at it again two minutes after the restart when he scored off a corner to make it 3-0.

“After the first goal, the game was unlocked and we found our way through much better. The second half was tough but we had the game under control and scored a couple more.”

“Every game is crucial, especially the first, and for the next couple of games it’s going to be tough as we progress into the competition.”

Nagoya play Myanmar's Victoria University College next on Friday.

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