Thailand booked its place after defeating Indonesia 4-2 on Monday. The host nation went into the break with a two goal advantage, before Indonesia found an equalizer in the second half. However, Miguel Rodrigo’s side ended proceedings with two more goals to secure the win.
The Spaniard, who spent seven years as coach of Japan’s national futsal team, acknowledged host’s next opponent will be its toughest to date.
“Tomorrow we face Iran, the best in Asia. Both of our playing styles are completely different.”
“We will have to play more than perfect. It is going to be a big challenge for my players, but we will try our best and fight.”
Subsequently in Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, Iran continued its undefeated record with a 6-2 victory over Lebanon. Iran’s dominant command on the game, along with skipper Tohid Lotfi’s brace in the match against Lebanon is something the Thai side will have to be prepared for.
Iran head coach Ali Arani maintains full confidence in his team after its impressive performance against Lebanon. “The team did really well, and despite conceding two goals, we know that we can win if we just maintain our performance,” said the veteran coach.
“Tomorrow when we face Thailand in front of their home supporters, it is no different for us. We will continue doing what we have done, and I’m sure we will win.”
Iraq and Uzbekistan will play the other semifinal fixture of the competition. The winners of the semis will play the final on Friday May26 in Bangkok Arena, Bangkok,Thailand.