Match day three drama at IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships
Date: December 14, 2017
Blind football fans were treated to high drama on match day three at the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With reigning champions Iran and China already qualified, today's first game saw Japan take on Thailand in group A in a do-or-die match for second place in the group, a place in the semi-finals, and a slot at next year's world championships in Madrid, Spain.
In a very close-fought match, Thailand took a 2-0 lead, but Japan fought back to equalise 2-2 in the second half. Japan looked for a winner but Thailand held on to take second place on goal difference.
The group B encounter between South Korea and hosts Malaysia was another exciting affair. Malaysia took a 3-1 lead and looked set to take the tie, but the Koreans fought back to equalise and eventually scored a fourth to take the game 4-3 and grab second spot.
Standings at end of group stage
Tomorrow is a rest day at the event and play will resume on Saturday with the semi-finals at 09:30 and 11:30 local time. China will face Korea and Thailand will take on Iran in the semis.
The IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships KL 2017 are hosted by the Malaysian Blind Sports Association.
Caption: Poster for the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships KL 2017.