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Two key moments cost us says Hermans
Friday, 01 June 2012 04:07
futsalwireDubai: Victor Hermans pinpointed two moments in the final of the AFC Futsal Championship UAE 2012 final that laid the foundations of Thailand's defeat to Japan and admitted that his power play in the closing stages contributed to the big margin of defeat.

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Dubai: Victor Hermans pinpointed two moments in the final of the AFC Futsal Championship UAE 2012 final that laid the foundations of Thailand's defeat to Japan and admitted that his power play in the closing stages contributed to the big margin of defeat.

Kenichiro Kogure gave the 2006 winners a fourth minute lead and after Kritsada Wongkaeo drew Thailand level in the 11th minute Wataru Kitahara restored Japan's advantage with five minutes of the half remaining as the East Asians went into the break 2-1 up.

An error from Thai keeper Surapong Tompa led to the indirect free-kick from which Kotaro Inababa extended Japan's lead midway through the second period before Rafael Henmi, keeper Hisamitsu Kawahara and Tetsuya Murakami added further goals to make the final score 6-1 as Thailand's power play backfired badly.

"Obviously the team is very disappointed and I had to talk to them to tell them they must be proud of what they have achieved here," said Hermans, who missed out on becoming the first person in the history of the tournament to lead two countries to glory after guiding Iran to the 2001 title.

"There were two key moments that I think cost us the match," continued the Dutchman.

"The first was when we couldn't take advantage of the four versus three situation after the red card and the second was when the keeper held on to the ball for longer than four seconds." Hermans had said throughout the tournament in Dubai that he had a nagging feeling that at some stage the wheels would come off of Thailand's impressive continental campaign and unfortunately for the ASEAN champions, it came in the final match.

"At 2-1 and 3-1 the spectators saw a very entertaining game but after that I had the feeling we were not going to win.

Aat the end it seemed like every shot went in but as a coach sometimes I have to take risks." Despite the defeat Hermans says his side can head back to Bangkok with their heads held high after an impressive display in Dubai which featured, most notably, their outstanding semi-final win over ten-time champions Iran.

"Maybe we gave too much in the game against Iran yesterday but we must be proud of the way we played.