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Kuwait keep up splendid debut show to waltz into quarter-finals

UAE hopes of making knock-out stage rest on result against Thailand

  • By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:01 May 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

Wael Mohammad (in white) of the UAE team vies with Erkin Tabaldiev of Kyrgyzstan
  • Image Credit: AHMED RAMZAN/Gulf News
  • Wael Mohammad (in white) of the UAE team vies with Erkin Tabaldiev of Kyrgyzstan during the AFC Futsal Championship 2012 at Al Wasl Club in Dubai.

Dubai: Debutantes Kuwait hogged the limelight on the third day of the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship as they topped their group and qualified for the quarter-finals here yesterday.

The Kuwaitis, who had surprised many with a 1-1 draw against 2010 runners-up Uzbekistan on the opening day on Friday, thrashed the much higher-ranked China 5-0 to finish on top of Group D with seven points.

However, none of that happened as Kuwait asserted themselves as the surprise package in this competition with a 5-0 mauling of China, while Uzbekistan powered their way to a 9-1 win over Indonesia to set up a meeting with the defending champions.

Kuwait will now take on Australia, who ended their campaign as Group C runners-up following their huge loss against ten-time champions Iran yesterday.

Lebanon shine

Another team from the Middle East making it big was Lebanon, who secured a battling 2-1 win over Tajikistan as part of a memorable debut in this competition. The narrow win gave the Lebanese second place in Group B behind leaders Japan who ended with three straight wins.

In Group A, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and hosts the UAE were all in with a chance of making it to the quarter-finals depending on last night's late-match results. The quarter-finals get under way tomorrow.

RESULTS

  • Japan bt Chinese Taipei 6-1
  • Uzbekistan bt Indonesia 9-1
  • Lebanon bt Tajikistan 2-1
  • Kuwait bt China 4-0
  • Iran bt Australia 9-0
  • Qatar bt South Korea 6-3

 

Fixtures

Tomorrow's quarter-final line-up:

  • (3.30 pm) Thailand vs Lebanon
  • (6.30 pm) Japan vs Kyrgyzstan/Turkmenistan/UAE
  • (3.30 pm) Iran vs Uzbekistan
  • (6.30 pm) Kuwait vs Australia

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