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16 Jun 2012
UAE, Iran, China and Japan allow no surprises
Lebanon turns a 0-4 around to upset Bahrain, as Oman and Palestine clinch first points in the III Asian Beach Games opening
Iran knocks Qatar out through blasting 5-0 run
Iran cruised past Qatar in the opening match of this II Asian Beach Games. The Persian team, always in command of the game after Naderi’s opener, definitely sank the Qatari team in a blasting 5-0 run during the first half of the second period, right after Al Romaihi’s 2-1 seemed to lead the reaction by the Nenem-steered squad. Mokhtari, with three goals, and Naderi, with two, where the most outstanding players of Iran, who with this loud victory gets on top of group D.
Goals: 1-0: Naderi, min. 11 (1); 2-0: Mokhtari, min. 0 (1); 2-1: Al Romaihi, min. 11 (2); 3-1: Ahmadzadeh, min. 8 (2); 4-1: Morshedizadeh, min. 7 (2); 5-1: Naderi, min. 6 (2); 6-1: Mokhtari, min. 5 (2); 7-1: Mehdi, min. 4 (2); 7-2: Abdulla J. min. 7 (3); 8-2: Mokhtari, min. 6 (3); 9-2: Mokhtari, min. 1 (3); 10-2: Mokhtari, min. 0 (3);
Tight win gets Japan the points
Current FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – Asian Qualifier Champions, Japan, bent Thailand to follow Iran footsteps in Group D of this III Asian Beach Games. In a really leveled match, the mighty Thais made things really difficult for the Nippon, and only Asami’s winner by mid third period merited the points for them. Despite the defeat, Thailand need to make a positive reading of today’s match. Indeed, they had a really tough test today, and they bravely faced it, acknowledging that it is precisely through these tough challenges that you prove your growth.
Goals: 1-0: Yamauchi, min. 8 (1); 1-1: Nanan, min. 1 (2); 2-1: Asami, min. 6 (3)
Solid UAE tops the table in group C
The defending champions United Arab Emirates , in turn, did not leave any room for doubt in their opening game against the Independent Olympic Athletes from Kuwait. Mendes lads, brilliantly lead by hat-trick scorer Ali Karim, ran over the Kuwaiti side, almost closing the match in the second period. Precisely during that leg, Alsafi managed the only goal for his side, but, with 4-0 already on the score, that meant no contestation at all against UAE’s dominion. The final result, with a +4 balance, get the title-holders commanding group C.
Goals: 1-0: Ali Karim, min. 9 (1); 2-0: Ali Karim, min. 2 (1); 3-0: Al Zaabi, min. (2); 4-0: Ali, min. (2); 4-1: Alsafi, min.4 (2); 5-1: Ali Karim, min. 2 (2)
Amazing comeback puts Lebanon ahead
Lebanon brought today a breed and determination lesson, when turning a very difficult score around against Bahrain to end up clinching the first points at stake in group C. Little chances seemed left for them when Marhoon, Almughawi and Ebrahim built an apparently comfortable 4-0, just as it seemed when Yusuf cut the Lebanese reaction with the 5-2. But Moghaddam’s side fielded an iron-made spirit today, beating all difficulties and swimming against the current to finally turn around a score that few would consider attainable. Such a remarkable achievement, at the same time, gets them an excellent springboard from which to dive into the fight for the quarterfinals.
Goals: 1-0: Marhoon, min. 9 (1); 2-0: Almughawi, min. 7 (1); 3-0: Ebrahim, min. 2 (1); 4-0: Marhoon, min. 11 (2); 4-1: Merhi, min. 9 (2); 4-2: Mechleb, min. 6 (2); 5-2: Yusuf, min. 6 (2); 5-3: Merhie, min. 3 (2); 5-4: Nasserddine, min. 2 (2); 5-5: Fattal, min. 9 (3); Nasserddine min. 8 (3)
China dedicates their crowd an exciting win
Although Afghanistan offered a tight battle, even having things on their favour during most of the first period, things ended happily for hosts China in their debut in this third edition of the Asian Beach Games. Despite the excellent performance by the Afghan goalkeeper, Haidari, who kept denying all Chinese attempts during these first stages, China’s experience and quality finally tore the resistance apart. After managing to end first period already ahead on the score, Ongaro’s team secured the victory in the second one, with a 3-0 run, making Afghanistan’s final efforts insufficient to change the course of the match.
Goals: 0-1: Mohammadi, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Han Xuegeng, min. 8 (1); 1-2: Safa, min. 8 (1); 2-2: Tuluxun, min. 1 (1); 3-2: Liyihanmu, min. 0 (1); 4-2: Liyihanmu, min. 9 (2); 5-2: Han Xuegeng, min. 6 (2); 6-2: Cai Weiming, min. 2 (2); 6-3: Safa, min. 8 (3); 6-4: Safa, min. 2 (3)
Oman gears up after first break to secure points
Oman was another of the teams restating their Asian position in this opening day of the III Asian Beach Games. With the bronze medal in their power after the last edition they hosted, Talib Hilal’s team has quickly become one of the rulers of the game in the continent, something Iraq were forced to find out for themselves today. Despite their enthusiastic resistance during the first period, blown over with 1-1 on the score, the Iraqi could not stand the Omani gearing up as of the second leg, seeing the distance become bigger and bigger. The final 5-1 leaves Oman, then, at the first place of the table in group B.
Goals: 1-0: Hani, min. 4 (1); 1-1: Hussein, min. 3 (1); 2-1: Yahya, min. 8 (2); 3-1: Khalid, min. (2); 4-1: Faisal, min. 5 (2); 5-1: Yahya, min. 8 (3);
Palestine give Vietnam no chance
Palestine closed the first matchday in the III Asian Beach Games inflicting Vietnam a tough defeat. Although the Vietnamese were the ones to open the score, Brakai managed to, at least, amend things for his side before the first horn. That was just the beginning of the 0-6 run that would get Palestine for being down in the score to cut all options for Vietnam in the game. With a really inspired Eshbair, three goals to note on his records, the 1-6 the Palestinians had arisen in the score was too much to counteract for Vietnam, whose only reaction came through Phung.
Goals: 1-0: Kim, min. 7 (1); 2-2: Brakai, min. 1 (1); 1-2: Jager, min. 10 (1); 1-3: Eshbair, min. 9 (2); 1-4: Eshbair, min. 5 (2); 1-5; Atyia, min0 (2); 1-6: Eshbair, min. 8 (3) ; 2-6 : Phung, min. 8 (3)
Saturday, June 16th
9:00 – Iran 10-2 Qatar (Pitch 1)
9:00 – Japan 2-1Thailand (Pitch 2)
10:15 – UAE 5-1 Independent Olympic Athletes from Kuwait (Pitch 1)
10:15 – Bahrain 5-6 Lebanon (Pitch 2)
11:30 – China 6-4 Afganistan (Pitch 1)
11:30 – Oman 5-1 Iraq (Pitch 2)
12:45 – Vietnam 2-6 Palestina
Matches for tomorrow
Sunday, June 17th
10:30 – UAE vs Lebanon
12:00 - Independent Olympic Athletes from Kuwait vs Bahrain
13:30 – Syria vs Iraq
15:00 – Iran vs Thailand
16:30 – Qatar vs Japan
19:00 – Afghanistan vs Vietnam
20:30 – China vs Palestina