Yogyakarta: Thailand's Bluewave Chonburi opened their defence of the AFC Futsal Club Championship title in style, defeating Australia's Vic Vipers 9-2 in a Group C tie on Thursday.
Kritsada Wongkaeo picked up a hat-trick as Bluewave Chonburi sent out a warning to their AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 rivals.
Bluewave took the lead in the first minute when Suphawut Thueanklang’s volley from the edge of the area was blocked by Vic Vipers goalkeeper Adam Stuart Cooper but Kritsada Wongkaeo scored from the rebound.
Bluewave pushed for their second and came close to doubling their advantage in the sixth minute but Cooper was up to the task as he parried Nattavut Madyalan’s effort.
Bluewave had several chances to score again but could not break down Vic Vipers’ defence as Cooper was at his best.