Thailand’s Bluewave Chonburi yesterday beat Iran’s Sanaye Giti Pasand 3-2 in the final of the AFC Futsal Championships held in Vietnam.
The victory over Iran’s futsal club made Bluewave Chonburi it’s second title holder in the Asian trophy after its first in 2003.
Both the Thai and Iranian teams entered the final in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday hoping to clinch their second title.
It was a repeat of 2013 final in Japan where the Thai team won the trophy after emerging victorious in the penalty shootouts.
In yesterday’s match, Thailand’s Suphawut Thueanklang scored the first goal in 13 minutes of the game from close range before he doubled the lead from the second penalty spot.
Iran’s champion managed to bounce back in the second half through two Iranian internationals as Ahmad Esmaeilpour put the ball in after Chonburi’s goalkeeper misjudged a back-pass and Ali-Asghar Hasanzadeh then made it 2-2 as his fizzling right-foot shot found the back of the net to complete the comeback.
But Giti Pasand’s celebration lasted mere seconds, after Apiwat Chaemcharoen did well to draw the Iranian defense with his individual trickery before teeing-off for Suphawut to unleash a right-footed cracker for his hat-trick.
With three minutes on the clock, the Iranians resorted to the power play, setting the stage for a nail-biting finale. Between pilling on the offensive to capitalizing on the counter, the match saw a series of near misses, but somehow managed to remain in favor of the Thai side for a famous second title.
Suphawut’s three goals in the final round made him the top goalscorer of 37 in the AFC Futsal Championship, over Iran Vahid Shamsae’s 35 goals.
Meanwhile Jirawat Sonvichien’s 9 scores for the tournament made him the top scorer for the second consecutive year.
Vietanam’s Thai Son Nam also won Al Rayyon from Qatar by 6-1 scores to clinch the third place in the Asian Futsal Championships.