Vietnam concludes Futsal World Cup campaign

Vietnam’s fairytale run at the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup officially ended on September 21 as Coach Bruno Garcia’s side suffered a heavy 0-7 defeat to Russia in their knockout match at Coliseo Iván de Beodut in Medellín, Colombia.

Vietnam (in white) fail to upset Russia.
Vietnam (in white) fail to upset Russia.

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After remarkably making the last sixteen, Vietnam were hoped to create another upset against world no. 3 Russia.

However, with a wide gap in terms of qualification, Vietnam’s defensive wall quickly collapsed against powerful attacks from the three-time World Cup semifinalists.

Chishkala opened the scoring for Russia three minutes into the match before Abramovich made it 3-0 with a double within the next six minutes. Seconds before half time, Abramov scored to seal a 4-0 advantage for the Eurasian team.

Russian players continued to play comfortably and confidently after the break, netting three additional goals thanks to Niiazov, Romulo and Milonavov to secure a place in the quarterfinals.

With the resounding victory against Vietnam, Russia have demonstrated themselves as one of the favourites for the overall championship title.

Meanwhile, the campaign at the 2016 World Cup will be valuable lessons of experience for the players of Coach Bruno Garcia to further improve and direct themselves in preparation for future competitions.