Tabriz: Host nation Islamic Republic of Iran ended their 2019 AFC U-20 Futsal Championship campaign on a high note when they defeated Indonesia 9-1 at the Pour Sharifi Stadium on Saturday.
Iran were looking to impress their fans with a third place finish after their 8-4 loss to Japan in the semi-finals, but they had to do it without Sahand Rezapour, who was serving a one-match ban.
The match was intense from the first whistle of the blow, with Indonesia playing a little more aggressively as Muhammad Rizki Xavier picked up the first yellow card of the game within the first minute.
IR Iran, Indonesia seek cheer after semis heartbreak
Tabriz: The head coaches of Islamic Republic of Iran and Indonesia will urge their players to go for one last push when they square off in the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship IR Iran 2019 third-place play-off at the Pour Sharifi Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Both came up just short in Thursday's semi-finals as Iran were dethroned by Japan after an epic tie while Afghanistan ended Indonesia's dream run, with both suffering defeat in extra time.
Tabriz: Japan will be making their first appearance in the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship final on Saturday, and captain Hatakeyama Yuki is looking to inspire his teammates through his performance.
Japan dethroned Islamic Republic of Iran with an impressive 8-4 win in Thursday’s semi-final, having forced extra-time when they came from behind to tie the match 4-4 with just 40 seconds on the clock.
Japan then turned on the power in extra time with four different goalscorers, including Yuki, to walk away with the win and an inaugural place in the final.
Tabriz: Afghanistan continued their fairytale run in the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship IR Iran 2019 after reaching their first-ever final, and goalkeeper Mohammad Javad Safari has pledged to make the country proud.
Afghanistan have been a formidable team in the second edition of the tournament, and made headlines when they reached their first knockout stage as the Group A runners-up, having beaten Hong Kong and putting up a solid challenge in their 3-2 loss to host nation Islamic Republic of Iran.
They had to dig deep in the quarter-final against Thailand, emerging 3-2 victors.