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Preview: Matchday Two - Group B


Bangkok: Two Southeast Asian teams have a chance to secure a place in the quarter-finals, while debutants Chinese Taipei and Bangladesh need positive results to keep their hopes alive on Matchday Two at the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship 2018.

BANGLADESH v VIETNAM

Futsal beginners Bangladesh showed admirable spirit in their opening bow on the AFC stage, even taking an unlikely early lead before eventually failing to a 7-1 defeat the hands of an experienced Malaysian side.

Masura Parvin’s thumping early goal gave the South Asians permission to dream when she put them 1-0 up within two minutes, but inexperience ultimately told for the side with an average age of just 16.

Reflecting on his side’s relatively encouraging tournament debut, Bangladesh boss Golam Robbani Choton said their lack of experience proved costly.

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“It was the first time that we played on a futsal ground,” he said.

“We lost the match because our girls are not experienced in this new game and we didn’t play well in the first half too.”

Choton’s side now faces a similarly difficult test against a Vietnam side that has one foot in the quarter-finals after a Nguyen Thi Tranh late show gave them a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei.

The experienced Bangladesh head coach said his side would grow with each game.

“Our girls now have an idea about the game and the mistakes they made, and they will recover and improve in the next match,” he declared

A win against Bangladesh could all but secure Vietnam’s place in the Knockout Stage, something which has eluded the Southeast Asians in continental championships for over a decade.

While they have finished second at the SEA Games women’s futsal tournament on five separate occasions, Vietnam’s last Knockout Stage appearance in an Asia-wide competition came at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games in Macau, where they finished fourth.


CHINESE TAIPEI v MALAYSIA

Chinese Taipei’s Matchday One defeat to Vietnam means the newcomers now face an uphill struggle if they are to achieve head coach Chang Yao-ming’s pre-tournament goal of a place in the semi-finals.

They pushed Vietnam all the way in their opening match before falling to a late Nguyen Thi Tranh goal, which means they may be eliminated should they suffer another defeat against Malaysia on Matchday Two.

Addie Azwan’s side briefly looked like they may suffer a defeat of their own, falling behind to unheralded beginners Bangladesh, but responded with two goals in 90 seconds before powering to a 7-1 win.

The 2015 AFC Women’s Futsal Championship semi-finalists can secure a return to the Knockout Stage with another win on Matchday Two, and they are sure to arrive high on confidence after six different players opened their tournament goal scoring accounts against the South Asians.