Oman’s third win in a row
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