Ho Chi Minh: Late goals secured Vietnam a win over Australia while Indonesia edged Malaysia in Group B of the 2019 AFF Futsal Championship at the Phu Tho Stadium on Monday.
Vietnam defeated Australia 2-0 while Indonesia held off a Malaysian comeback to clinch a 3-2 win in the regional championship, which also serves as the Qualifiers for the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020.
The top three teams from the 2019 AFF Futsal Championship will seal berths in Turkmenistan 2020.
Ho Chi Minh: Thailand began their AFF Futsal Championship title defence in spectacular fashion, beating Cambodia 12-0 while Myanmar raced to a 6-1 victory over Timor Leste at the Phu Tho Stadium on Monday.
The regional championship, which serves as the ASEAN Zone Qualifiers for the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020, will see the top three teams advancing to the Finals next February.
Qualifiers - Group A: Bahrain make Finals despite loss to Iraq
Manama: Bahrain sealed their place in the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Finals despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to Iraq in their West Zone Group A qualifying match on Sunday.
Bahrain finished as runners-up, ahead of United Arab Emirates on goal difference, with both on seven points, while Kuwait emerged group winners with nine points.
UAE, who came from behind to defeat Palestine 5-4 in Sunday's earlier match, will face Oman in the play-off on Tuesday to decide the West Zone's fifth team in the Finals, with Lebanon and Saudi Arabia having already confirmed their places from Group B.
Qualifiers - Group B: Saudi Arabia join Lebanon in Finals
Manama: Lebanon sent out a warning that they will be a side to watch out for in the Finals while Saudi Arabia sealed the second spot from Group B of the West Qualifiers for the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 on Sunday.
Lebanon defeated Qatar 8-1 to end their qualifying campaign with a perfect record of three wins while Saudi Arabia advanced on goal difference after they played to a 4-4 draw with Oman, with both teams finishing on four points.
Oman still have a chance as they will play the third-placed team from Group A in the play-off on Tuesday to decide the West Zone's fifth side in Turkmenistan 2020.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 qualifying campaign kicks off on Wednesday, with 15 places in the Finals up for grabs.
The Qualifiers are divided into four zones, with the West Zone kicking off the action on Wednesday, before the 2019 AFF Futsal Championship, which will serve as qualification for the ASEAN Zone, starts on October 21.
The East Zone hopefuls will begin their campaign the next day, while the Central & South Zone commences on October 23. A total 31 teams will be bidding to qualify.
IR Iran simply unstoppable as they secure 12th title
Taipei: Islamic Republic of Iran were crowned the AFC Futsal Championship winners for the 12th time after beating Japan 4-0 on Sunday.
Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh gave Iran the lead in the first half, and further goals from Farhad Tavakoli, Hossein Tayebi and Hassanzadeh again secured them a second consecutive title.
The battle between the Continent’s two futsal giants began as expected, with both sides playing a high pressure game with intense marking from the first blow of the whistle, and Mahdi Javid came dangerously close for Iran in the opening minutes when his effort struck the goal frame.
Japan head coach Bruno Garcia kept his players fully charged with flying substitutions which forced Iran to constantly adapt to the changing formations.