Oman’s third win in a row

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Ashok Puro­hit @ashok­mus­cat

Oman main­tained its win­ning rhythm in the on­go­ing Men's Ju­nior AHF Cup at the Sul­tan Qa­boos Sports Com­plex (SQSC) as it notched up its third suc­ces­sive win to fin­ish as Pool B top­per on Tues­day.

The hosts, coached by Pak­istan’s Tahir Za­man, de­feated Chi­nese Taipei 4-1 to set up a semi­fi­nal clash against the run­ner-up side from Pool A.

Oman had be­gun its cam­paign in style with a 7-0 drub­bing of Hong Kong and then recorded its sec­ond win against Sin­ga­pore 4-1 be­fore out­play­ing Chi­nese Taipei on Tues­day.

The win helped Oman to gar­ner nine points from three games in the four-team pool. Chi­nese Taipei, which had al­ready as­sured of semi­fi­nal spot ahead of Tues­day’s match, fin­ished sec­ond with six points. China and Uzbek­istan made it into the last-four from Pool A.

Oman's op­po­nent in the last­four will be ei­ther Uzbek­istan or China with the two teams play­ing on Wed­nes­day to de­cide the pool top­per. China leads the pool with nine points while Uzbek­istan is sec­ond with seven. The semis are sched­uled to be held on Fri­day. The semi­fi­nal­ists have also con­firmed their spots in the Ju­nior Asia Cup 2020.

On Tues­day, Oman cap­tain Rashad al Fazari got an early lead with a goal as early as in the sec­ond minute and Akram Bait Shama­iaa made it 2-0 a minute later as the hosts earned a penalty cor­ner, which was suc­cess­fully con­verted. At the end of the first quar­ter, Oman led 2-0.

Chi­nese Taipei fought back in the sec­ond quar­ter and re­duced the mar­gin when Tsung-Yu Hsieh found the goal past Omani goal­keeper Ibrahim al Hasni in the 22nd minute. At half­time, Oman led 2-1 but ex­tended its lead soon af­ter re­sump­tion as Fazari sounded the boards off a penalty cor­ner in the 34th minute.

Ilyas al No­ufali com­pleted the rout with a 49th minute strike.

Ear­lier on Tues­day, China blanked Thai­land 3-0 while Iran edged past Sri Lanka 3-2 in the sec­ond match of the same pool.

China main­tained its un­beaten streak, win­ning its third match to un­der­line its sta­tus as a ti­tle con­tender. A win or draw against Uzbeks on Wed­nes­day will con­firm China’s top spot in Pool A and set up its semis clash against Chi­nese Taipei while the other semi­fi­nal will pit Oman against Uzbek­istan.

Ac­tion from the Pool B match be­tween Oman and Chi­nese Taipei in the Men’s Ju­nior AHF Cup at the Sul­tan Qa­boos Sports Com­plex on Tues­day

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