Asian beach soccer finals this weekend

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Thailand and Palestine battle for the ball during the opening fixture of the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Beach Soccer Championships at Bali Hai, Pattaya, Thursday, March 7.
Thailand and Palestine battle for the ball during the opening fixture of the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Beach Soccer Championships at Bali Hai, Pattaya, Thursday, March 7.

The 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Beach Soccer Championship is currently taking place at Bali Hai beachfront in Pattaya from March 7-17.

This is the ninth edition of the tournament that features Asian men’s national beach soccer teams. There are 15 nations taking part this year including Iran, UAE, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, China, Iraq, Oman, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Palestine, Kuwait, and Thailand.

The hosts got off to an unfortunate start in the opening game on March 7 when they were defeated 5-2 by Palestine and two days later were effectively eliminated when they were on the wrong end of a nine-goal thriller against Malaysia. The visitors were 5-1 up in the dying stages before Thailand scored three goals in the blink of an eye in a superb comeback which fell just short of forcing extra-time.

The top three teams in rank from this competition will be selected to represent the Asian zone in the World Cup Beach Football Championships 2019, to be held in Paraguay from November 21 – December 1, 2019.

Spectators are invited to attend the final matches this weekend. For information about upcoming fixtures, visit website: www.the-afc.com/competitions/afc-beach-soccer-championship.