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Futsal Japan National Team wins sweeping victory over Kyrgyzstan, surviving the group stage in AFC Futsal Championship

06 May 2014

Futsal Japan National Team wins sweeping victory over Kyrgyzstan, surviving the group stage in AFC Futsal Championship

AFC Futsal Championship Vietnam 2014
Mon, 5 May 2014  18:30Kick Off 20 minutes half
Phu Tho Stadium(Vietnam/Ho Chi Minh)

Japan National Futsal Team 4-0(1stHalf3-0、2ndHalf1-0) Kirghiz National Futsal Team

4min  MINAMOTO Akira(Japan National Futsal Team)
9min  NIBUYA Kazuhiro(Japan National Futsal Team)
17min  OSODO Nobuya(Japan National Futsal Team)
35min  OSODO Nobuya(Japan National Futsal Team)



Players not listed on the game roster

Match Report

Futsal Japan National Team played the third match in the group stage against Kyrgyzstan to advance to the quarterfinals.

Japan had to win this match, with Kyrgyzstan on a points advantage following one win and one draw in their previous games. The match kicked off at 18:30, the same time as Korea's match against Uzbekistan in the same group.

If they had lost, Japan would have been knocked out at the group stage for the first time. Even with a draw, Korea had to win against Uzbekistan for Japan to advance to the next stage. Under pressure, Japan struck first after four minutes with a goal from Minamoto, assisted by Hoshi. In the 9th minute Nibuya slotted in Yoshikawa’s rebound, further opening up the lead. Japan continued to halt the Kyrgyz attack with an aggressive defence, and went into half-time with Osodo’s additional goal at 17 minutes, making it 3-0.

Japan struggled to score in the second half amid a Kyrgyz fight back, with the score remaining 3-0 for much of the half. Six minutes from time, Kyrgyzstan threw everything into attack. Japan responded calmly and after a minute Osodo sank a shot into the unguarded goal, intercepting a Kyrgyz pass. Japan held out against the Kyrgyz attack for the remainder of the game and the score finished at 4-0, putting Japan through to the quarterfinals.

Japan's quarterfinal will be on Wednesday 8 May against Thailand, who topped group C.

Comments From Head Coach

Miguel Rodrigo, Head Coach
We got a good result thanks to our strong defence against the Kyrgyz attack. It was as mentally tough as the final, because we had to win this match. I have to say, though, it was good preparation, thinking of the quarterfinals. Three goals in the fist half decided the match, and in the second half we kept good possession of the ball among the four forwards getting that additional score, and using the rest of the time wisely. I think we reacted very well against Kyrgyzstan’s all-out attack. All we need now is to have a good rest and recover.

Comments From Players

TAKITA Manabu(TAKITA Manabu)
We survived the group stage, if only in second place. I was quite relieved if I am honest. Our goal, however, is to win the championship. Having come to Vietnam to represent Japan, we feel the pressure ourselves as a team. We will do our best in the knockout stage, drawing positively on the pressure and responsibility. The supporters and cheering at the matches, as well as from Japan, give us strength. We will stand together and do our best to put a smile on our faces by the end of the competition. 

MINAMOTO Akira(Fuchu Athletic F.C.)
We were under huge pressure at today's match, as a draw was no good if we wanted to advance to the quarterfinals. I was pleased to the first to score, knowing an early goal was crucial. I felt strongly that our team has improved, playing calmly under pressure like this. Having said that, we have not won anything yet. We will prepare for the next match so we don't repeat the same mistakes.

YOSHIKAWA Tomoki(Nagoya Oceans)
It was great that we had a clear victory today. We had moved on from the defeat the day before yesterday. We pulled through together and this brought us the win. However, the important stage has just started. We will focus entirely on the coming three matches to win the Asian Championship.


AFC Futsal Championship Vietnam 2014
Thu. 1 May 12 - 0 Group Stage 1st leg
vs. Korea National Futsal Team
(Ton Duc Thang University Stadium)
NHK BS1 Thu. 1 May 17:40 - 17:49
NHK BS1(Sub ch102) Thu. 1 May 17:49 - 20:00

Video Recording
TV Asahi Channel 2 Fri. 2 May 21:00 - 23:00
TV Asahi Channel 2 Tue. 13 May 17:00 - 19:00
Sat. 3 May 1 - 2 Group Stage
vs. Uzbekistan National Futsal Team
(Phu Tho Stadium)
Video Recording
NHK BS1 Sun. 4 May 08:00 - 09:50
TV Asahi Channel 2 Sun. 4 May 20:30 - 22:30
TV Asahi Channel 2 Wed. 14 May 17:00 - 19:00
Mon. 5 May 4 - 0 Group Stage
vs. Kirghiz National Futsal Team
(Phu Tho Stadium
NHK BS1 Mon 5 May 20:15 - 21:49
NHK BS1(Sub ch102) 5/5(月) 21:49 - 22:30

Video Recording
TV Asahi Channel 2 Tue. 6 May 21:00 - 23:00
TV Asahi Channel 2 Thu. 15 May 17:00 - 19:0
Wed. 7 May 15:30 Quarter Final
vs Thailand National Futsal Team
(Ton Duc Thang University Stadium)
Thu. 8 May 15:30
(Phu Tho Stadium)
Sat. 10 May 16:00 Third/Fourth-Place Match
(Phu Tho Stadium)
19:00 Final
(Phu Tho Stadium)

※All match time is local time.
※The time for TV broadcasting is Japan time。

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