TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Defending champion Mes Sungun Varseqan needed extra-time as it came from behind to defeat Bank of Beirut 3-2 in the AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019 quarter-final.
The Iranian team will face the winner of Port FC-AGMK FC quarter-final on Thursday to keep its hopes of back-to-back titles alive.
Mes Sungun got off to a rousing start when it scored in the third minute thanks to Mehdi Javid’s long-range effort off captain Fakhim’s corner.
The Lebanese side, however, drew level when Dragan Tomic beat Mohammad Shajari on the left before feeding Ali Tneich to score from above the arc.
Bank of Beirut had been shading possession and took the lead when Tomic set up Ali El Homsi to score from above the arc.
A desperate Mes Sungun deployed the power play with four minutes left in the game and was rewarded in the 38th minute through Javid’s strike from inside the box to force extra-time.
Fakhim then shook off his marker and scored from above the arc to give Mes Sungun the lead.
Bank of Beirut pushed hard in the remaining minutes but the equalizer was not to be as Mes Sungun advanced to the semi-finals.
Djokovic Clinches First Win at Cincinnati
WASHINGTON (Dispatches) -- Novak Djokovic, who was leading the ATP rankings, clinched his first win at Cincinnati Masters to reach the third round after his Pyrrhic victory in Wimbledon last month.
The Serbian player, who was back to the court for the first time since beating Roger Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, in the Wimbledon final, secured a victorious match against Sam Querrey in 7-5, 6-1.
Djokovic, 16-time Grand Slam singles champion, has grabbed 33 Masters titles, aiming to win a 34th Masters title at the U.S. open warm-up event to be on a par with Rafael Nadal with a record of 35, who withdrew from Cincinnati for U.S. Open preparation.