BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE Solomon Islands national futsal side Kurukuru went down 2-1 against Vietnam last night in its final Pool A match of the futsal competition of the Asian Indoor Games currently underway in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The loss had cancelled out Solomon Islands’ hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.
Vietnam scored in the first three minutes of the first half to lead 1-0 through PHAM Duc Hoa.
Kurukuru had several shots on target but could not convert them as 39th ranked Vietnam led with the 1-0 margin into halftime.
PHUNG Trong Luan extended lead for Vietnam seven minutes into the second half.
A minute before the final whistle, George Stevenson grabbed a consolation goal for Kurukuru to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but Vietnam held on to claim vital maximum points.
Vietnam is now in second spot on the Pool A table with six points. They still have one remaining match to play.