Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Bangkok: China PR found themselves a goal behind after less than one minute, but recovered to register a 5-2 win over Bahrain in their opening Group C match in the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship 2018.
Five Chinese players found the back of the net in a well deserved victory, but – with captain Yasmeen Fayez Tobellah among their shining lights – Bahrain were far from disgraced in their first ever match at the tournament.
The West Asians made a dream start on debut, taking a surprise lead within the first minute, when Hessa latched onto a long pass to stab the ball past goalkeeper Zhang Yue on the half volley.
China hit back two minutes later, with Li Jingjing poking home an equaliser from less than a yard.
In an entertaining clash of styles, China retained the bulk of possession and looked to pass their way through the Bahraini defence, while Elrashid Bukhari Ahmed’s side created the majority of their chances with quick counter-attacks.
Nouf Al Khalifa made the first of several outstanding saves to deny Shen Nan, but the Bahrain goalkeeper was eventually beaten when Tian Jiao stroked the ball in from just within the second penalty spot in the 11th minute.
Zhan Huimin punished some sluggish defending to make it 3-1 in the 15th minute, but Bahrain responded immediately, with Manar Ebrahim Yaqoob slamming the ball home to keep her side within touching distance.