| BANGKOK (March 27, 2007) – Brunei and the Philippines became the first casualties in the on-going Asean Futsal Championship 2007 when they picked up their second defeat in their respective group matches.
The sultanate side, who had conceded a 10-3 defeat to Myanmar yesterday, just could not pick up their game early this morning when they went tamely down 6-0 to Vietnam (pic).
The Vietnamese, needing the win today following their 13-3 thrashing at the hands of defending champion Thailand in their first game, were more aggressive for them to take a 2-0 lead at the break through Le Tuan Tu (8) and Le Van Khuong (16).
They scored four more goals in the second half through Nguyen Bao Quan (25), Huynh Ba Tuan (30), Huynh Dong Kha (34) and again from Le Tuan Tu two minutes to the end to pick up their first win and deny Brunei a place in the next round.
Vietnam’s final group match will be against Myanmar tomorrow.
Brunei’s head coach Rosanan Samak said that he was not too disappointed with the results where he felt that the competition was a lot harder than last year.
“We knew that it was always going to be difficult and we had expected to spring at least one surprise – but it is not to be,” said the former international.
On the other hand, Philippines were also sent packing when they were overwhelmed by Malaysia 3-12.
The Filipinos, who had only conceded a 0-1 defeat to last year’s runners-up Indonesia yesterday, were a pale shadow of themselves when had to play catch-up with an 8-2 disadvantage during the break.
Malaysia’s goals were scored by Mohd Fadil Yusoff (3, 16), Mohd Saiful Mohd Noor (6, 8, 13, 15), Addie Azwan Zainal (12, 23), K. Thayalan (14, 27), Muizzudin Mohd Harris (32) and Mohd Zaidi Zulkapri (36).
Philippines replied through Ali Bernard Rojas Go (7, 38) and Dave Salo Fegidero (11).
“Definitely, we played very poorly today and there is no excuse for the loss,” lamented Philippines head coach Esmaeil Sedigh.
Malaysia’s win today does not give them a place in the last four where they will still need to play Indonesia – who conceded a 5-3 defeat to Australia in their second match – in the decisive group tie tomorrow evening.
Vietnam will also play in the decisive game against Myanmar tomorrow to decide their fate.