Thailand edge Indonesia on penalties for record-16th title, Vietnam finish third
Bangkok: Thailand beat Indonesia on penalties to successfully defend and lift their 16th AFF Futsal Championship title, while Vietnam defeated Myanmar on penalties to finish third.
Thailand came back from two goals down to force the game into extra time, and eventually beat Indonesia 5-3 on penalties, while Vietnam and Myanmar went all the way with the Vietnamese emerging 4-1 victors on penalties for a podium finish, which subsequently confirmed their place in the AFC Futsal Championship Kuwait 2022™ Finals.
Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam will be Southeast Asia’s three representatives in the tournament proper in September.
Preview - Group A: Al Rayyan SC (QAT) v Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Riyadh: Qatar’s Al Rayyan and Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia are braced for a thriller when they meet in Group A of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Monday.
Both teams picked up three points on Matchday One and a win on Monday will be a positive step in their hopes of gaining an early advantage.
This will be the seventh meeting between the clubs with Al Hilal winning four of those games to Al Rayyan’s one victory which came in 2018.
Al Rayyan fell behind early in their Matchday One fixture against Istiklol after Shakhrom Suleymanov’s sixth minute strike, but fought back through goals from Yacine Brahimi and Yohan Boli, only for Muhammad Isaev to draw the Tajikistan side level. Al Rayyan, however, claimed the win thanks to Boli’s 71st minute effort.
Preview - Group B: Air Force Club (IRQ) v Mumbai City (IND)
Riyadh: Hakeem Shakir has warned that Air Force Club will not hold back against debutants Mumbai City of India when the sides clash in Group B of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 at the King Fahd International Stadium on Monday.
Air Force Club were victorious on Matchday One, beating UAE’s Al Jazira 2-1, while newcomers Mumbai City suffered a 3-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab.
Preview - Group B: Al Shabab (KSA) v Al Jazira FSC (UAE)
Riyadh: Marius Sumudica wants his players to maintain a winning mentality when Al Shabab FC take on UAE’s Al Jazira in Group B of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 at the King Fahd International Stadium on Monday.
Al Shabab, who are appearing in their first AFC Champions League in seven years, got off to an impressive start against India’s Mumbai CIty, scoring three unanswered goals.
Ever Banega hit a brace with Turki Al Ammar netting the third to send Al Shabab to the top of the Group B standings on goal difference.
Preview - Group E: Al Faisaly FC (KSA) v Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Dammam: Santi Cazorla is determined to go far in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 after two unsuccessful attempts since joining Al Sadd who prepare to face Al Faisaly on Matchday Two of Group E on Monday.
The Spanish veteran swapped Villarreal for the Qatari capital in 2020 and his two campaigns in Asia’s top club competition ended in a Round-of-16 exit at the hands of Persepolis in 2020 and a group stage elimination the following year.
Preview - Group E: FC Nasaf (UZB) v Al Wehdat (JOR)
Dammam: After draws in both games of the opening matchday, Monday’s action will bring a fresh start for all four AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group E teams, according to Al Wehdat head coach Raed Assaf whose side take on FC Nasaf at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd.
Al Wehdat had come from behind against debutants Al Faisaly to collect their first point after Ahmed Samir’s second-half goal cancelled out Hicham Faik’s early free-kick. Meanwhile, Nasaf gave up their lead to draw 1-1 against nine-man Al Sadd in the earlier Friday game.