AFC – ASGHABAT, An exciting match awaits on Saturday as Islamic Republic of Iran will face Thailand in the quarter-finals of the Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games men’s futsal.
IR Iran booked their place after beating Kyrgyz Republic 10-0 on Thursday to top Group D as Japan avoided facing the defending champions by beating Thailand 6-4 in Group C.
IR Iran’s Saeid Ahmadabbasi and Farhad Tavakoli stole the show with eight goals between them while Ahmad Esmaeilpour scored the 10th goal a minute before the final whistle.
Ahmadabbasi finished with five goals scoring in the ninth,11th, 18th, 23rd and 32nd minutes while Farhad fired three in the 17th, 24th and 34th minutes.
Kyrgyz Republic’s Dilshat Kadyrov conceded an own goal in the 27th minute.
Ahmadabbasi who has scored six goals in the competition, says his teammates are focused on their fifth title.
“Every match we played against Thailand has always been difficult and very hard. We are concentrated on the next one and we have to remember we are the (reigning) champions and we came here to win one more time,” said Ahmadabbasi.
“It doesn’t matter which team is on our way. We are just concentrated and focused on the title,” he added.