Gilligan relieved after breaking jinx


AFC LogoBANGKOK – Australia coach Scott Gilligan was a relieved man to see his side come from a goal down to overcome Turkmenistan 3-1 and start their AFCFutsal Championship assault off on a winning note at Nimibutr Stadium.A goal each from Gregory Giovenali, Christopher Zeballos and Adrian Vizzari ensured the Australians bounced back from falling behind to Ahmed Allabrediyev’s long-range shot from near the touchline and join Japan at the top of Group B.

Gilligan was particularly pleased given his side are traditionally slow starters since entering the competition in 2006 and the triumph also avenged their loss to the same opponents last year.

“This is our third time at the Asian Championships and the first game we’ve always lost – we lost to Turkmenistan last year – so it was very pleasing tosee the boys to show their character to come back and win the game,” he said.

“They stepped it up. I think we can go a bit further but I was very pleased to get that three points because the first game is always the stressful game.”

Turkmenistan coach Eldar Ramazanov was not too downhearted despite seeing his side relinquish their early lead. “Of course I’m disappointed to lose,” he said.”I thank our opponents, they are very good, it was a good game but unfortunately we lost.”

But I believe in my team and I think they played very well. There was some moments that did not work out as well as I wanted them to but still, I’m very pleased with them.”

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Published : 11/5/2008

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