Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Bangkok: Indonesia held futsal powerhouse Thailand to a 1-1 draw on Friday, throwing Group A of the 2018 AFC Women's Futsal Championship wide open.
With Hong Kong defeating Macau 7-0 in the day's earlier match, Indonesia and Thailand knew that a second win would put them in a comfortable position in the race for a spot in the quarter-finals, and the hosts began brightly.
It was clear, however, that head coach Sumianto had done his research and Indonesia did well in keeping their backline clear of any danger, despite Thailand's continuous efforts.
In the 12th minute, Mutita Sankram came closest for Thailand when they reacted on a counter-attack and she sprinted down the right flank but her shot flew wide, while a minute from the half-time break Indonesia had a counter-attack of their own with Novita leading the charge but her strike was cleared by Pannipa Kamolrat.