BANGKOK – Lachlan Wright’s hat-trick proved the highlight as Australia took a huge step towards the knockout stages of the AFC Futsal Championships with a 6-0 victory over Chinese Taipei at Nimibutr Stadium.
Despite having keeper Peter Spathis sent off, Wright’s treble plus goals from Adrian Vizzari, Christian Zeballos and an own goal gave Scott Gilligan’s side a comfortable Group B win.
Australia looked most likely to open the scoring as first Simon Keith rattled the woodwork from distance and Vizzari got the ball stuck in his feet when he looked odds on to score.
But disaster struck when Chang Fu-hsaing raced clear and rounded Spathis only to be brought down by the Australian keeper, who was shown a red card for his trouble, and bringing replacement stopper Gavin O’Brien into the fray.
Temporarily down to three men, Gilligan’s men weathered the storm before going ahead when Fang Ching-jen stabbed Fernando de Moraes’ cross into his own net.
Australia doubled their advantage before the break when, after good build-up work, an unmarked Wright collected a pass before firing home on the turn.
Wright grabbed his second and Australia’s third soon after the interval when he strode forward and found the back of the net with a low shot and Vizzari pounced from close range to net the fourth via the underside of the bar.
Wright then completed his hat-trick when he cut in from the right before drilling a left-foot shot into the top corner past substitute keeper Pan Wei-chih.
O’Brien made a good late save to deny Lin Po-yuan and Chang hit the post after creating an opening for himself before Christopher Zeballos ran down the left wing and dispatched a left-foot shot into the top corner.
Source : www.the-AFC.com
Published : 12/5/2008