Saudi Arabia exit with heads held high; Korea Republic to learn from defeats
Kuwait City: Andreu Plaza was immensely proud of his Saudi Arabia side despite bowing out of the AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ Kuwait 2022 on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia opened their Group D campaign with a famous 2-1 win over three-time champions Japan, before losing 3-1 to Vietnam on Matchday Two, and ended their campaign on a high note after defeating Korea Republic 4-0.
Despite their impressive performance in their second appearance in the tournament, it was still not enough to see Saudi Arabia through as they finished third in the standings, behind Japan and Vietnam, with all three teams on six points.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup™ 2022 is moving towards a thrilling climax with just four teams remaining ahead of the West Zone and Inter-Zone Finals on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
While lifting the title is the ultimate aim of all those still involved, there is also an intriguing battle going on for the Golden Boot, with Kuala Lumpur City FC’s Paulo Josue and Viettel FC’s Pedro Paulo leading the way on five goals.
Viettel, however, have been eliminated which leaves Josue in pole position, although there are several players who still have their sights on catching the Brazilian. The-AFC.com highlights those who remain in contention for the top scorer accolade.