Australia make it four wins in four as they beat Pakistan to progress to final
Australia will take on the USA in the final of the IFA U17’s Futsal World Cup after a resounding 14-2 victory against a spirited Pakistan side. Three goals in the opening three minutes got Australia off to the perfect start and the men in yellow never looked back, finding the net 11 more times. A brace from Hashim Kahn was the highlight for Pakistan, who will battle it out for third place against Scotland, who were edged out by the American’s earlier in the evening.
Australia found themselves ahead within the opening 60 seconds, courtesy of Manoli Papaspiropolos’ side foot effort. Matt Schmidt and Lachlan Buxton both found the net in the second and third minutes respectively.
Pakistan’s first effort came after seven minutes. Hashim Kahn’s effort from distance brought a save out of Australia’s Harley Brown. The Aussies were content to hold possession and added a fourth courtesy of Liam Dawson.
The biggest cheer of the evening came following Pakistan’s first goal of the match. Hashim Kahn fired the ball past Brown with 12 minutes played. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the start of a heroic comeback, as seconds later, Australia added a fifth through Dawson’s low finish.
With 17 minutes gone, Mitch Dobson was denied twice in quick succession by Pakistan keeper Nassir Muhammad. There was nothing that the Pakistan stopper could do a minute later as Papaspiropolos blasted the ball into the net. In the two minutes remaining before the half time buzzer, Kane Pollard and Dawson both found the net, the latter completing his hat trick, and in doing so sent Australia in 8-1 up at the break.
Half Time: Australia 8-1 Pakistan
The second half started without the intensity of the first, with Australia happy to knock the ball around without creating any clear cut chances. With 31 minutes played the Aussies added their ninth of the evening, Kevin Robertson the scorer.
It should have been 10 seconds later but Muhammad Ahmed Raza Kahn managed to block Schmidt’s effort off the line. This would prove to be in vain as a minute later Australia moved into double digits. Pollard picked out Dawson who rolled the ball into an empty net in the 32nd minute.
This would prove to be a fruitful 60 seconds for Australia as Buxton and Papaspiropolos both found the net. Buxton blasting the ball in from distance, while Papaspiropolos robbed the ball from the defender, rounded the goalkeeper and rolled into the net.
Buxton extended the lead to 13 with six minutes remaining before Pakistan doubled their tally for the night. Following the awarding of a free kick, Kahn stepped up and blasted the ball into the net from close range. There was still enough time remaining for Schmidt to find the net once more before the full time buzzer sounded.
Australia’s attention now turns to the final against the USA. The Aussies are unbeaten in the competition and will fancy their chances against a USA side that they beat 7-2 in the group stages. Pakistan will see this result as an improvement on the 31-0 defeat they suffered the last time the teams met, and will face a Scotland side looking to finish on a high in front of their supporters.
Full Time: Australia 14-2 Pakistan
Australia: Harley Brown, Jared Linger, Jose Atayde, Mitch Dobson, Kevin Robertson, Matt Schmidt, Lachlan Buxton, Patrick Langlois, Manoli Papaspiropolos, Kane Pollard, Musa Kamara, Liam Dawson, Seth Telfer, Seb Stankovic
Star Player: Buxton
Pakistan: Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan, Hashim Khan, Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan, Muhammad Haseeb Iqbal, Nassir Muhammad, Yusuk Aloulou, Faisal Ahmed, Subhon Nadeem, Akmal Ahmed
Star Player: Rehan Khan