Malaysia no match for Qantas Futsalroos
The Qantas Futsalroos have moved a step closer to a place in the semi finals of the lucrative KL World 5’s Futsal Tournament, after smashing host nation Malaysia 7-0 in Kuala Lumpur.
The Qantas Futsalroos have moved a step closer to a place in the semi finals of the lucrative KL World 5-s Futsal Tournament, after smashing host nation Malaysia 7-0 in Kuala Lumpur.
A sensational start, which saw Australia scored two goals in the first minute, meant there was only going to be one winner, although Australian coach Scott Gilligan was more pleased that his team managed to keep a clean sheet.
The only sour note though was a serious injury to goalkeeper Gavin O-Brien, who may have broken his arm.
A win later on the same night against England would secure a berth in the semi finals, where they would play-off for a very tidy sum of USD$50,000.
Australia-s goals saw Adrian Vizzari, Simon Keith and Fernando de Moraes both score two goals, while Italian-based Greg Giovnalli grabbed a single.
The match was only seconds old, when Australia was awarded a penalty for a handball in the D and Vizzari made no mistake. However there more joy from the re-start, with Australia winning possession and Brazilian-born Fernando was on the spot to smash home.
Australia was now playing with a great deal of confidence and produced two stunning goals before the break. The first by Fernando involved some slick one-touch passing from each of the players, which had the Malaysians bamboozled and Fernando finished off the sensational attack. This was followed by Keith-s first goal in the 15th minute, with more one-touch passing involving several players and finished well by the New South Welshman.
Gionvalli made it five two minutes into the break and was quickly followed by goal to Keith and Vizzari.
With such a commanding lead, Australian thrusts started to lack some of the earlier urgency, but Gilligan was more than pleased that his side didn-t concede a goal to the hosts.
A win over England later that would keep Australia level with defending champions Argentina (2003), with their match on Friday to decide the group winner.
Malaysia 0 Australia 7 (Adrian Vizzari 1-/25-, Fernando de Moraes 1-/12-, Simon Keith 15-/24-, Greg Gionvalli 22-)
Starting side: Peter Spathis (gk); Fernando de Moraes, Greg Gionvalli, Daniel Macor, Adrian Vizzari Subs Used: Gavin O-Brien (gk); Simon Keith, Lachlan Wright, Luke Haydon, Trent Flanigan, Danny Ngaluafe
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