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Australia 4-3 Vietnam
Sunday, 26 February 2012 03:12
futsalwireBangkok: Australia booked a berth in the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship after seeing off a late Vietnamese rally to win the third-place playoff of the ASEAN Zone qualifiers 4-3 on Sunday.

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Bangkok: Australia booked a berth in the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship after seeing off a late Vietnamese rally to win the third-place playoff of the ASEAN Zone qualifiers 4-3 on Sunday.

In the match played at Krungthep Thonburi Indoor Stadium, Vietnam scored three late goals in the space of three minutes but Australia held on to win the match thanks to their brilliant start of the second half.

Finishing third means Australia joins Thailand and Indonesia from the ASEAN Zone to qualify for the finals to be held in the UAE in May.

Australia, who played a semifinal to forget on Saturday against hosts Thailand losing 7-0, had to wait till the first minute of the second half to break the deadlock.Henry Ngaluafe opened the scoring in the 21st minute and then doubled his and teams tally two minutes later.

The Futsalroos, wary of their opponents comeback streak with Vietnam bouncing back twice from a goal down earn a 2-2 draw when the two sides met int the group stage, went 3-0 ahead thanks to Tobais Seetos strike in the 30th minute before it was looking certain for a comfortable victory for Australia when they went Gregory Giovenali put them 4-0 up with just five minutes remaining on the clock.

However, a minute later Giovenali received his second yellow card to get his marching orders from Kyrgyzstani referee Nurdin Bukuev and the Vietnamese took maximum advantage of playing against one-man less.

Vietnam pulled a goal back in the 36th minute through Nguyen Trong Thien before in-form Luu Quynh Toan, who scored against the Australians in the group stage and in the semi-final against Indonesia, scored a quickfire a brace with goals in the 37th and 38th minutes.

But with just two minutes remaining on the clock, the late rally was not sufficient and the Futsalroos held on to claim their place in the AFC Futsal Championship finals.