Aussies begin in style


AFC LogoBANGKOK – Australia came from a goal down to see off Turkmenistan 3-1 in their opening AFC Futsal Group B encounter at Nimibutr Stadium.After a slow start during which they fell behind, Gregory Giovenali, Christopher Zeballos and Adrian Vizzari scored a goal apiece to get Scott Gilligan’s side off on the right foot.

Turkmenistan took an unexpected lead when Ahmed Allabrediyev beat keeper Peter Spathis with a powerful shot from a tight angle near the touchline.

Australia looked for an immediate reply and skipper Lachlan Wright stung keeper Ildar Tashliyev’s hands with a low drive.

Fernando de Moraes then brought another good save from Tashliyev after working himself an opening before Gilligan’s men did eventually find an equaliser

Giovenali forced Tashliyev to tip a swerving effort over the bar and from the resulting corner, the same player collected the ball before striding forward and drilling the ball low into the bottom corner.

Spathis then brought the crowd to its feet with a run down the right that ended with a powerful shot that Tashliyev parried.

And the Turkmenistan keeper was called into action early in the second half with a great save to deny Christopher Zeballos.

But Australia finally went ahead when Tashliyev pushed away a fierce strike and Zeballos gleefully accepted the rebound.

Vizzari then rattled the bar with a free-kick before his free shot at goal was well saved by Tashliyev. But he made amends at the death with a delicate chip over the Turkmenistan keeper to seal the victory.

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Published : 11/5/2008

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