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Afghanistan’s National Futsal Team draws with Kuwait in AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2024

Afghanistan secured their first point in the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Thailand 2024 by holding Kuwait to a 3-3 draw in an exciting match at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium on Saturday. Taking charge of the game, Afghanistan applied pressure on Kuwait and tested goalkeeper Mohammad Majeki with longrange shots before scoring their first goal in the second minute. Mahdi delivered a pass to AkbarKazemi, who then set up an unmarked Farzad Mahmoodi to score. Kuwait struggled to find their rhythm, with Majeki making two impressive saves in the sixth minute to deny Gholami’s longrange attempts from set-pieces. Meanwhile, Hussain Mohammadi missed a golden opportunity to equalize as he failed to convert a close-range shot. However, Kuwait’s patience was finally rewarded in the 11th minute when Saleh Alfadhel timed his pass to perfection, finding Naser Alalban to rifle home the equalizer from just above the arc. Afghanistan soon found themselves frustrated after goalkeeper Mohammad Safari conceded a free kick in a dangerous position at the top of the box. This led to Omar Almansour squeezing his shot across the goal line from Abdulrahman Altawail’s set-piece to put Kuwait ahead. In an attempt to restore parity, the Central Asian side used the power play in the final moments of the half, but their strategy was in vain, as Kuwait held firm to take a lead going into the break. Afghanistan came back fighting in the second half and equalized two minutes after the restart. Reza Hussein Poor made quick exchanges with Mohammad Muradi before executing a clinical finish past a rooted Majeki off a corner. Kuwait immediately responded and regained the lead a minute later when Ahmad Alfarsi gained possession on the left flank before cutting through the defense to set up Alfadhel, whose shot deflected off Sayed Husseini and into the back of the net. Afghanistan received a chance to level the score when they were granted a penalty after Sulaiman Alomran was fouled. Reza Hossein Poor confidently converted the penalty, bringing the score to 3-3 just before the half-hour mark. In the 33rd minute, Afghanistan nearly took the lead, but Altawail intervened just in time to clear Reza Hossein Poor’s lob from outside the box. As a result, the points were evenly split between the two teams. Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.