Qatar post consolation win in AFC Futsal Tournament
Tashkent: Braces from Hadi Jaber and Lucas Oliveira helped Qatar
pick up their first points of the AFC Futsal Championship with a
6-2 win over Malaysia in Group D on Monday.
Akmalrulnizam Idris opened the scoring for the Malaysians within a
minute at Universal Stadium only for Qatar to fight back almost
instantly through Mohamed Ali.
Further goals from Saad Bilal and Jaber put the West Asians in firm
control before Muhammad Afif pulled one back shortly before the
Jaber restored Qatar’s two-goal advantage in the 26th minute after
Muhamad Fitri was sent off before Oliveira’s late double wrapped
up the scoring as Tiago De Sousa’s side claimed the victory that left
Malaysia rooted to the foot of the table without a point.
“We are not satisfied because we came here to make the quarter-finals,
but maybe this target was too high,” said Qatar coach De Sousa.
“Our final was against Australia and I think the pressure didn’t help
us. But overall this was a positive tournament. We go home with a goal
difference of zero for the first time.
“Today we played well and we played with pride. Now we must
remember the feeling of losing to Australia and use that to work
hard and improve.”