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Phuket: Thailand stumbles against Paraguay, still has chance to advance

Phuket: Thailand stumbles against Paraguay, still has chance to advance

FUTSAL: A spirited performance by Thailand in a match filled with missed chances by both teams, eventually finished in a 3-2 loss to Paraguay at the Indoor Stadium Huamark.

By Coconuts Bangkok

Thursday 8 November 2012, 12:13PM

A vocal gathering of Thai fans were temporarily muted as Paraguay took a 3-0 lead after 10 minutes. The game was nicely primed at 3-1 going into halftime with Thailand enjoying a lot of possession in the first half. A goal in the 24th minute by Jetsada gave the Thai fans and players a glimmer of hope and the fans urged their players on with every breath.

Thailand’s goalkeeper, Surapong, pulled off a number of top draw saves in the last ten minutes of the game as both teams forgot about defending and went on the attack. Paraguay came into the match bottom of group A and needed a win to have any chance of progressing.

Thailand knew that a win would almost guarantee their progression, so both teams had to go for it. Thailand wasted chance after chance throughout the game, but they were especially profligate in the last few minutes.

The War Elephants finished third in Group A after this loss but they could still progress as one of the best third placed teams.

In the other Group A match, Ukraine scored three goals in each half to comfortably qualify for the second round as Group A winners, beating Costa Rica 6-1. Denys Ovsiannikov and Ievgen Rogachov both scored twice in a match that was pretty much over after the Ukraine raced into a three-goal lead after 15 minutes.

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Brazil, who had sealed their passage to the second round before kick off, beat Portugal 3-1 at the Korat Chatchai Hall. Simi put Brazil in front but two minutes later Cardinal equalised for Portugal. Two second half goals from Fernandinho and Neto secured Brazil’s victory against a lacklustre Portugal side. Brazil topped Group C undefeated, scoring 20 goals in three games.  

Even though they lost, Portugal also qualified for the next round on goal difference, after Japan could only beat libya 4-2 at the Indoor Stadium Huamark. Japan needed to win by five goals or more and it took them until the 18th minute to break the deadlock, with an own goal. The match was tied 1-1 going into halftime and Japan knew they had to up their game against bottom of the table libya.

Three second half goals by Hoshi, Inaba and Osodo made the scoreline look a bit better for Japan, but it was not enough for them to automatically progress. They could still qualify as one of the best third placed teams.

The six matches scheduled for the Bangkok Futsal Arena have been moved due to the stadium being deemed unfit for matches by FIFA. Every customer who bought tickets for the matches on 14, 16 and 18 November will be able to exchange them for the matches now to be held at Nimibutr Stadium (14 November) and at the Indoor Stadium Huamark for the semi-finals and final.

There are 13 main ticket locations in Bangkok, and also a telephone number that can be contacted, which is: +66 (0)22 62 3456. Ticket sales for the knockout stages of the competition will be re-opened on November 9, the last day of the group stage matches, reported FIFA.

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