Futsal Team Melli wasted a great chance of reaching the final of the 2014 Futsal Grand Prix in Brazil when they lost a tight match 3-4 to Colombia earlier today.
An elementary defensive mistake led the Colombians robbing the ball from Iran’s defense for Toro to put Colombia ahead 1-0. Hassanzadeh then equalized for Iran with a brilliant effort to make it 1-1.
Acosta restored Colombia’s lead courtesy of some good work on the right flank with the Colombian player skillfully dribbling past his marker and sending a diagonal ball for Acosta to score with an acute angle.
The first half finished 2-1 for Colombia.
The South Americans quickly scored in the second half with Iran’s defense really found wanting with Yeffri easily passing his marker and scoring past Samimi much like the second goal.
It was 3-1 for Colombia and a shock went through Team Melli system
Iran bounced back quite instantly. From the kick off after the Colombian goal, Tavakoli scored from an excellent assist by Hassanzadeh to make it. 3-2. Tavokali’s goal increase inspired Iran who took the game from the Colombians.
Hassanzadeh turned from provider to scorer on a role reversal from the previous goal. Tavokali took a corner kick which the Colombian keeper could only parry with his palm for Hassanzadeh to meet it and smash the equalizer from close range. The match was tied at 3-3 and it was in balance.
Then one of the weirdest of goals seals the match.
Colombian keeper kicked a ball towards Iran’s empty goal, but the goal hit the post to ricochet for Yeffri who raced towards Iran’s goal to smash home the winner for Colombia.
It was a tight and exciting match, with the Colombians fully deserving the victory. Team Melli’s shortcoming was the feeble marking with two of the goals scored by the Latin Americans were because of poor marking and players being easily dribbled.
Iran will now meet Guatemala for the 3rd place play off. In the Group Match , Iran defeated Guatemala 7-2.
Brazil will meet Colombia in the final , a repeat of their group 1 match which ended 4-0 to the host.
|Grand Prix 201415/11/2014 – 12.00 Local Time
São Bernardo do Campo/SP (Brazil)
Semi-FinalHall: Ginasio Adib Moises Dib
Iran: Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh , Farhad Tavakoli, Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh,
Colombia: Toro , Acosta , Yeffri (2)
Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh