FUTSAL CUP Hongyen drop BTS to top Group A
FUTSAL CUP KORAT (September 5, 2022) – At Terminal 21 in Korat, Thailand, Hongyen Thakam from Thailand put on a focused performance to defeat Bintang Timur Surabaya (BTS) from Indonesia 5-2 and take control of Group A of the AFF Futsal Cup 2022.
With both clubs locked the day before on the same points and goal differential, Hongyen’s victory in the crucial game today guaranteed that going into tomorrow’s encounter against Down Town Sport from Cambodia, they would almost certainly win the group.
The highly anticipated encounter between the runner-up in the Futsal Thai League 2021, Hongyu, and the Indonesian champions BTS just missed the mark when it came to capturing the atmosphere and the players’ intense emotions.
As they accrued fouls and engaged in end-to-end play, none of the teams was showing any signs of mercy.
Therdsak Charoenphong toe-poked a playback from Keattisak Songkhrao into the goal in the 11th minute as the game appeared to be heading for a draw.
Two minutes after Edison Coelho’s attempt for BTS hit the underside of the crossbar, Hongyen increased their lead with a goal from Wendel Mendes after a free-kick clearance attempt went awry.
Just two minutes into the second half, BTS gave themselves a chance to recover as Mochammad Iqbal Rahmatullah Iskandar capitalized on Sunny Rizky Suhendra’s diligent work.
At the halfway point, Charoen Seana’s single effort paid off as he scored from a tight angle to restore Hongyen’s two-goal lead. However, Hongyen was not ready to let it slip.
In an effort to reduce the gap while under pressure, BTS implemented the power play.
But sadly, Hongyen were simply too experienced, as they did nothing but watch as Pokawin Anantasaksothon and Katawut Phoopan scored two more goals in the exact same 39th minute of action.
Andri Kustiawan scored the game’s final goal for BTS, who will now play Perwira FC from Brunei DS tomorrow. Hongyen Thakam will face DownTown Sport.
Down Town Sport, meanwhile, defeated Perwira FC from Brunei DS 8-4 to move up to the third position in Group A going into tomorrow’s final matchday of the group.
In a contest between two evenly matched sides, Ros Sichamroeun’s hat trick (18th, 22nd, and 30th minutes) was the deciding factor as Down Town Sport earned their first complete point of the campaign.
Keo Sochetra (19th and 29th), Keo Nareth (27th), and Tong Chanmony (40th and 40th) scored goals for the Cambodian champions, but Abdul Matin Norazlan (11th and 35th) and Abdul Malik Yunus each scored a hat trick for Perwira FC in response (20th and 21st).
The Selangor MAC of Malaysia, on the other hand, blanked Remalau FC of Timor Leste 6-0 in a Group B match to set up a pivotal match against Sahako FC of Vietnam tomorrow afternoon to determine the group champions.
Matheus Silva (17th pen and 17th), Muhammad Fariq Muhammad (3rd), Syahir Iqbal Khan Akbar Khan (15th), Mohd Khairul Effendy Bahrin (23rd), and Mohamad Danial Abd Dain were the next players for Selangor MAC to score goals (33rd).
2022 AFF FUTSAL CUP
Selangor MAC 0–6 Ramelau FC
Sport Perwira 4-8 Down Town
Hongyen Thakam BTS 2-5
All games on September 6, 2022, at Terminal 21
Selangor MAC vs. Sahako FC at 1200 hours
BTS versus. Perwira FC at 14:30
1700 hours: Down Town Sport vs. Hongyen Thakam