Nafit Al Wasat overcome plucky Vamos to advance
Yogyakarta: Nafit Al Wasat will face Mes Sungun Varzaghan in the semi-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018, after needing extra time to defeat a plucky Vamos FC 7-4 in their quarter-final tie on Wednesday.
Despite Vamos being backed by a partisan crowd, it was Nafit who went ahead after just 50 seconds when the home side failed to make a clean clearance in the box to give Hassan Ali Jabbar the opportunity to score the opening goal.
Nafit, who were swift in attack, were also well organised at the back and dealt with every Vamos attack with ease.
Mustafa Bachay Hamzah came close to doubling Nafit’s lead in the fourth minute when his shot hit the post and seconds later, with the goal at his mercy, Farhad Tavakoli Roozbahani squandered the opportunity.
Nafit doubled their lead when Roozbahani broke free on a counter and supplied an inch perfect pass to Ghodrat Bahadori, who found the net in the eighth minute.
Urged on by the fans, Vamos pulled one back in the 11th minute after captain Syahidansyah Lubis found Marvin Alexa Wossiry, who fired a rocket past Nafit goalkeeper Yahya Abdulnoor Raheem.
The goal gave Vamos the confidence to push forward but Nafit were adept in soaking up the pressure.
Vamos applied early pressure in the second half and Iqbal Aliefian had a golden opportunity just seconds into the restart to level the tie but ballooned his shot from the top of the arc.
The home side kept pressing and Aliefian made amends a minute later when he found the roof of the net to send the fans into raptures.
Vamos finally came out of their shell and started testing Raheem with a barrage of shots and came close with Nandi Sumawijaya hitting the bar in the 20th minute.
Nafit sat back in their own half and paid the price as Vamos took the lead in the 29th minute. Lubis providing the assist again when he freed up Aliefian on the right who blasted his effort from close range.
Iraqi side Nafit, however, fought back and leveled the score through Ghodrat Bahadori in the 31st minute, finishing Roozbahani’s cross from the right.
Haitham Abbas Bawei’s men then took the lead in the 34th minute when Roozbahani beat two players on the right before finding Jabbar, who coolly finished.
Nafit picked up the pace in extra time and caught Vamos napping at the back when Tareq Zeyad Sulaiman’s delivery found an unmarked Jabbar, who sealed his hat-trick from close range in the 41st minute.
Roozbahani doubled Nafit’s lead in the 44th minute with a clinical finish when he volleyed home Hamzah’s delivery to restore their two-goal advantage.
Roozbahani inflicted more agony on Vamos when he scored his second goal from his own half in the 46th minute, which caught Vamos by surprise as Nafit finished with a 7-4 victory.
Nafit Al Wasat Head Coach Haitham Abbas Bawei
"This is the first match that we faced difficulty because Vamos is such a strong team with a good coach. It was a tough match playing in front of their fans. We are not superb but we won and that is the most important thing. The first half we were playing a diamond formation with three at the back which was effective but we changed our shape in the second half which allowed Vamos to come back."
Vamos FC Head Coach Reza Falahzadeh "We lost to Nafit last year and today it was a good match but my players were fatigued in extra time. We used power play to come back into the game, its a strategy and sometimes you win or you can lose but we had our best player injured in extra time and it made things difficult for us. I'm proud of my players and I hope we can progress further in the next edition."