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Futsal: Iran U-20 faces host in a tough semi-finals

Bangkok: An exciting match awaits on Wednesday as Thailand face Islamic Republic of Iran for their AFC U-20 Futsal Championship semi-final encounter in Bangkok Arena. ​

Thailand booked their place after defeating Indonesia 4-2 on Monday. The host nation went into the break with a two goal advantage, before Indonesia found an equaliser in the second-half. However, Miguel Rodrigo’s side ended proceedings with two more goals to secure the win.

“Indonesia was an amazing opponent,” commended Rodrigo on their regional rivals. “It was a tight match, with high pressure from the beginning to the end. We wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for our tremendous supporting fans.”

The Spaniard, who spent seven years as coach of Japan’s national futsal team, acknowledged their next opponents will be their toughest to date.

“Tomorrow we face Iran, the best in Asia. Both of our playing styles are completely different.

“We will have to play more than perfect. It is going to be a big challenge for my players, but we will try our best and fight.”

“The team did really well, and despite conceding two goals,Ali Arani

Subsequently in Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, Iran continued their undefeated record with a 6-2 victory over Lebanon. Iran’s dominant command on the game, along with skipper Touhid Lotfi’s brace in their match against Lebanon is something the Thai side will have to be prepared for.

Iran head coach Ali Arani maintains full confidence in his team after their impressive performance against Lebanon. “The team did really well, and despite conceding two goals, we know that we can win if we just maintain our performance,” said the veteran coach.

“Tomorrow when we face Thailand in front of their home supporters, it is no different for us. We will continue doing what we have done, and I’m sure we will win.”

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