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Ashgabat: China PR stormed into the semi-finals, beating Hong Kong 5-1 in an Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games women's futsal Group A match on Wednesday. They join defending champions Japan – who beat Turkmenistan 8-0 – from the group in the last four.

China scored their first through Fan Yuqiu in the second minute, with Wang Ting adding the second six minutes later.

Ng Wing Kum pulled one back for Hong Kong in the ninth minute before Zhang Yue hit the third for China in the 13th for a 3-1 score at halftime.

It was cruise control for China after the restart, Zhang Yue hitting her second of the match in the (35th) while Dong Jiabao scored the fifth in the 38th as China overwhelmed their opponents.

"I am very disappointed. I think we had the strength and ability to qualify. They could not perform, especially in the first half when we went 3-1 behind. I've told some of the younger players 'you can never learn better than this. It is priceless'," said Hong Kong coach Tsang Wai Chung on his side missing out on a place in the semi-finals.

"But because the players are lacking in experience, they have never had to deal with this kind of mental pressure before."

Meanwhile, Ryo Egawa was the star for Japan, bagging four goals in the (10th, 16th, 34th and 35th) as Turkmenistan didn’t pose a threat throughout the match.

Japan’s other goals came from Akari Takao (26th), Miku Sakurada (31st), Chihiro Tanaka (36th) and  Mutsumi Sakata (37th).

In Group B, Thailand beat Islamic Republic of Iran 2-0 to go top of their group. A Sawitree Mamyalee double in the third minute and 29th gave the 2013 bronze medallists victory as both teams qualified for the semi-finals.

Results

Group A 
Sept 20
China PR 5-1 Hong Kong
Turkmenistan 0-8 Japan

Sept 17  
Japan 3-2 Hong Kong
China PR 3-1 Turkmenistan

Sept 16
Japan 5-2 China PR
Turkmenistan 1-6 Hong Kong

Group B
Sept 20
IR Iran 0-2 Thailand

Sept 17 
Thailand 16-1 Palestine

Sept 16
Iran 16-1 Palestine


Vietnam beat Solomon Islands 2-1 to virtually seal their semi-final slot in the Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games men's futsal Group A match on Wednesday.

Pham Duc Hoa put Vietnam ahead in the fourth minute to give them a 1-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Vietnam went 2-0 up through a Phung Trong Luan strike in the 27th minute.

The islanders, who lost 4-2 to Turkmenistan, found their consolation as George Martin Stevenson found the net in the final minute of the match. 

"We still need one point to be sure but we will go out for a win against Turkmenistan (On Thursday). It will be another final for us. It would be nice to top the group if we do win," said Vietnam coach Miguel Rodrigo.

Meanwhile, Turkmenistan was too strong for Chinese Taipei in a Group A match. The hosts ran out 5-1 victors to go top.

In Group B, China PR redeemed themselves after back to back defeats as they beat Maldives 9-3.

China’s goals came from Zhao Liang (6th,28nd), Xu Yang (9th), Liu Chang (25th), Chen Zhiheng (30th), Lu Yue (33rd), Liu Wenxi (34th), Li Jianjia (36th) and Zeng Liang (36th). While Ibrahim  Furuqan (3rd, 40th) and Mohamed Nasid Ahmed Naseem (32nd) scored for Maldives.

In another Group B tie, Afghanistan beat Uzbekistan 4-2 to top the group. 

Results

Group A 

Sept 20
Vietnam 2-1 Solomon Islands
Chinese Taipei 1-5 Turkmenistan

Sept 19
Vietnam 8-0 Hong Kong
Turkmenistan 4-2 Solomon Islands

Sept 18
Solomon Islands 4-3 Chinese Taipei
Hong Kong 1-7 Turkmenistan

Sept 16  
Chinese Taipei  2-1 Vietnam
Solomon Islands 4-1 Hong Kong

Group B

Sept 20
China PR 9-3 Maldives
Afghanistan 4-2 Uzbekistan

Sept 19
China PR 1-5 UAE
Uzbekistan 9-1 Maldives

Sept 18
Maldives 1-6 Afghanistan
UAE 1-5 Uzbekistan

Sept 16
Afghanistan 6-1 China PR
Maldives 1-3 UAE

Group C

Sept 19
Lebanon 2-5 Thailand

Sept 18
Japan 5-2 Lebanon

Group D

Sept 19
Tahiti 2-4 Kyrgyz Republic
Jordan 3-7 IR Iran

Sept 18
IR Iran16-1 Tahiti
Kyrgyz Republic 1-7 Jordan

Source: asghabat2017.com

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