Thai Son Nam end campaign in style
Bangkok: Thai Son Nam FC came from behind to defeat AGMK FC 6-4 to clinch third place in the AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019 on Saturday.
In a thrilling contest which saw the Vietnam outfit trailing 2-0 and then 3-1 before leading 4-3, Thai Son Nam's Kazuya Shimizu struck twice in the final three minutes to settle the tie at the Bangkok Arena.
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Thai Son Nam, who had to come from behind to defeat AGMK 4-1 in the group stage, found themselves again trailing when the Uzbekistan club's Davron Choriev beat Tran Thai Huy inside the box before setting up Akbar Usmonov to score into an empty net in the first minute.
AGMK continued to apply pressure and doubled their advantage a minute later after Davron Valijonov forced a save from Thai Son Nam goalkeeper Ho Van Y with the rebound falling invitingly for Mashrab Adilov, who scored from close range.
Thai Son Nam fought back with Shimizu fending off Adilov’s challenge before firing a low drive past AGMK goalkeeper Rustam Umarov in the fifth minute.
Shimizu then forced Umarov into a save but it was AGMK, who had progressed to the knockout stage of the Championship for the first time, who increased their advantage in the sixth minute through Ikhtiyor Ropiev’s fine finish from above the arc off Anaskhon Rakhmatov’s assist.
The third goal stunned 2018 runners-up Thai Son Nam as the Vietnam club failed to trouble AGMK who took what looked like a comfortable 3-1 lead into the break.
It was, however, a different Thai Son Nam in the second half as they increased the intensity of their game and their persistence paid off in the 24th minute when Ropiev deflected the ball into his own net in trying to clear Ho’s goal kick.
The goal spurred Thai Son Nam to push forward even harder and they equalised three minutes later through Ton That Phi, who finished Nguyen Minh Tri’s long pass by chipping the ball over Umarov.
The equaliser left AGMK reeling and Pham Minh Giang's side took the lead for the first time in the match in the 28th minute through Tran Thai Huy’s strike from the above the arc.
A stung AGMK pushed forward and forced their way back into the game as Choriev scored in the 34th minute from inside the box off Adilov’s kick-in.
It was not to be for AGMK though as Shimizu scored from above the arc off Alireza Rafiei Pour’s assist in the 37th minute and with just seconds to go, completed his hat-trick - taking his tournament tally to 10 - as Thai Son Nam sealed third place with a remarkable performance.
Pham Minh Giang: Thai Son Nam head coach
“AGMK approached the match better than us and they led 3-1 at half-time. But in the second half, we changed our tactics, played well and scored the goals. If given the chance to coach Thai Son Nam again next year, our target is to reach the final.
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