• Garcia terms Kuwait decider a 'final'
    03:04 | 04/05/2014

    Vietnam coach Bruno Garcia believes the AFC Futsal Championship hosts must approach Sunday’s Group A decider against Kuwait as if it were a final with both sides still in the hunt for a place in the quarter-finals.

    The tournament hosts suffered an opening day defeat to Iraq, but bounced back on Friday with a 10-4 win over Tajikistan at Phu Tho Stadium.

    And Vietnam head into Sunday’s meeting with Kuwait, who have won both of their Group A games, needing to win to realistically remain in contention for a place in the quarter-finals.

    “The next game with Kuwait is the first final for us” said Garcia.

    “Kuwait is an experienced and very good team and they have been with the same coach for nearly three years.

    “We will need to concentrate on our defence because Kuwait have experience in these tournaments and these games. If we want to win, our concentration has to be perfect.

    “We are not afraid of the game and I am confident.”

    Despite winning their opening game 5-0 against Tajikistan before beating Iraq 5-3 on Friday, Kuwait can still be eliminated should they lose to Vietnam.

    “Without a doubt this is going to be our most difficult match, there is still a possibility we can be out of the competition if we lose,” said Kuwait coach Luis Fonseca.

    “We have our toughest match in the group left and we must make sure we do not concede.

    “We are not qualified yet and we must put all our guns on the field and win this match.

    “If we lose by a few goals we can be out.”

    Iraq, who are currently level on points with Vietnam, can also still qualify if they beat a Tajikistan side who have yet to register a point and the result in the other game goes their way.

    “It has become more difficult for us to qualify after losing to Kuwait, and now we have a match with Tajikistan that we must win,” said Iraq coach Haitham Abbas.

    ‘All we can do is win our game and see what happens.”

    Iraq, though, will not have an easy game on Sunday against a Tajikistan side who are looking to restore some pride after two disappointing defeats.

    And Tajikistan can also still qualify but need to beat Iraq and hope Kuwait claim victory over Vietnam.

    “With Iraq we will play defensively and we will try and hit Iraq on the counterattack,” said Tajikistan coach Damir Kamaletdinov.

    “Our aim is too just go out and shut the door.”

    According to AFC

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