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Quarter-final Preview: Nagoya Oceans v Thai Son Nam

Yogyakarta: Head coach Pedro Costa believes Nagoya Oceans have what it takes to progress further in the competition when they face Vietnam powerhouse Thai Son Nam in the quarter-finals of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Wednesday.

At stake for Nagoya is another title to their trophy cabinet and a chance to redeem themselves after missing last year’s edition in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nagoya finished top of Group A with a 100 percent record and only conceded one goal in their 6-1 win against Dalian Yuan Dynasty from a penalty and Costa is looking forward to facing his former coach Miguel Rodrigo.

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“Thai Son Nam are a very experienced team. They have finished third twice in the competition and are very tactical under Miguel (Rodrigo),” said the Portuguese.

“We have done our scouting for our next match and analysed how they played against Al Dhafra and we will be ready for them on Wednesday."

Shriker Osaka represented Japan last year after winning the F.League title but they fell to eventual champions Chonburi Bluewave 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

“We respect the other teams in the competition and our next goal is to reach the semi-finals.

Thai Son Nam finished third in 2015 and 2017, but had to dig deep in their final Group B match against Al Dhafra to pull off a 4-3 win against their Emirati opponents to qualify for the Knockout Stage.

Head coach Rodrigo is optimistic that his charges can put up a fight against the three-time champions in the last-eight.

“Nagoya are the former champions, they are an experienced Japanese side. They also have a strong team but we will put up a fight,” said Rodrigo.

“We are here now and we believe in ourselves. Thai Son Nam are in the quarter-finals and we are relaxed, so let’s play.”

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The last time Nagoya faced Thai Son Nam was in the 2013 edition in Japan, with Nagoya winning 7-2, with coach Pedro Costa scoring a goal. Costa played under Miguel Rodrigo during the Spaniard's stint with the Japan national team from 2009 till 2016.

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