Vietnam kindle hopes at regional futsal champ after narrow win over Bahrain

>>> AFC Futsal Championship: Vietnam lose to Malaysia 1-2 >>> Vietnamese futsal inspired by U23’s amazing run ahead of regional tournament Following a loss in the final seconds of their opening match against Malaysia, coach Miguel Rodrigo’s side came into their second game in Group A against Bahrain with their only goal being to win three points and kindle their hopes for a place in the knock-out phase. Up against the strength of Bahrain, the Vietnamese team stood their ground and played their own game at a slow pace to limit the maximum the speed of their opponents. The Gulf team were also thirsty for points after drawing their opening match, so they also played with caution to ensure they didn’t concede. Bahrain’s captain Mohamed Al Sandi and Ali Saleh twice challenged Vietnam’s goalie Dinh Thuan in the first half but failed to net a goal. At the other end of the pitch, following several unsuccessful attacks, Vietnamese players combined to score two quick-fire goals in the last minutes of the first half. In the 18th minute, Dac Huy opened the scoring for Vietnam and Trong Luan widened the gap two minutes later with a powerful shot. The second half got underway with a Bahraini attack, giving Adel Marzooq a sight of goal which was only denied by the quick reflexes of Van Tien. Bahrain finally earned an equaliser in the 29th minute thanks to Radhi Alsandi’s deflected finish. The remaining minutes saw both sides launch successive attacks but no… [Read full story]

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