Rogic hat-trick helps Qantas Futsalroos to victory in opener
Rogic hat-trick helps Qantas Futsalroos to victory in opening match of AFC Futsal Championships
The Qantas Futsalroos have won their first match of the AFC Futsal Championships 2010 after they defeated Kuwait 4-2, which included a hat-trick from 17-year old Tom Rogic, in Tashkent last night.
In the lead up to the match, the importance of the opening fixture was acknowledged by both coaches. Kuwaiti coach Eisa Saadoun went so far as to declare that the winner of this match would be 90% certain of coming in second behind Iran in Group B.
Qantas Futsalroos head coach, Steven Knight also agreed that this match was vital to progressing pass the group stage. Knight regarded the Kuwaiti team as an unknown quality and decided on a defensive approach going into the game.
The Qantas Futsalroos started the match strongly and were camped in the Kuwaiti half for the first few minutes, both teams appeared to be sounding each other out with the Australians looking the more likely to score. It was not until the 16th minute that the first goal was scored when Ian McAndrew played the ball to the far post for Tom Rogic to score after a second touch.
With momentum behind them, the Qantas Futsalroos pressed forward and were rewarded again when Danny Ngaluafe put the ball in on his second attempt after a pass from Greg Giovenali.
Kuwait hit back in the 18th minute, after a time-out when Peter Spathis parried a shot but the ball rebounded to Al Mekaimi who made the best of the rebound.
In the first minute of the second half, the Qantas Futsalroos caught the Kuwaitis napping when a quick series of passes between Ngaluafe and Toby Seeto resulted in Rogic scoring his second goal.
Knowing the importance of this match, Kuwait pushed forward and Aldousari scored Kuwait-s second after his first shot was stopped by Spathis.
Kuwait brought on their keeper player in the last three minutes but the Qantas Futsalroos sealed the game when Rogic put the ball into an empty net to complete his hat trick.
In the other group B match, IR Iran defeated Tajikistan 19-2.
The Qantas Futsalroos next match of the tournament will be tonight against IR Iran (kick-off 8pm local with their last group match against Tajikistan on 26 May (kick-off 3pm local).
Aussies Abroad: Nabbout, Urawa Red Diamonds win Emperors Cup final
Andrew Nabbout emerged an Emperors Cup Final winner with Urawa Red Diamonds after the J-League outfit defeated Vegalta Sendai 1-0 yesterday evening. Nabbout was an unused substitute as the Reds clinched the trophy thanks to an early strike from Tomoya Ugajin. It is Urawa’s
'Amazing reward': Cahill to feature in FIFA World Football Museum
A pair of Tim Cahill’s boots will join items like the FIFA World Cup trophy, match balls from some of football’s biggest occasions and rare match-worn shirts in FIFA’s World Football Museum in Switzerland. The Caltex Socceroos legend revealed on Instagram on Sunday morning (AE
Boyle given 'all clear' following 'nasty collision'
Caltex Socceroos attacker Martin Boyle has been given the “all clear” following a head knock in Hibernian’s Scottish Premiership win at Hamilton Academical on Sunday morning (AEDT). Boyle needed lengthy treatment before half time after clashing with Hamilton’s Gary Woods and s
Aussies Abroad: Rogic helps Celtic to big win, Mooy suffers late loss
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic provided an assist as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock 5-1 to leapfrog their opponents and move to the top of the Scottish Premiership table. But Huddersfield Town suffered a heartbreaking defeat, with Arsenal needing a late moment of magic to do