The opening fixture of the IFA Under 14 Boys Futsal World Cup saw the Republic of China take on Australia in Catalonia. Republic of China stole the show in the first half with little time for respite for Australia as they trailed 5-0 at half time. The second half was a lot better for Australia as they held their own better than in the first. The Australians defended well in the second half but despite their best effort The Republic of China still managed to add two more goals to their impressive tally as the game finished 7-0.
The first half was largely dominated by the Republic of China and there was a goal almost straight away as Ting-Yu Lin slotted home. The Republic of China were running the show and came close again when Anthony Huang hit the post from a free kick.
The second goal of the game came in the 9th minute when Yung-Chun Huang put them ahead with a fine finish. Yung-Chun Huang got his second and Republic of China's third only moments later when the ball was played to him at the edge of the box and he slammed the ball home with the goal of the match so far.
Ting-Yu Lin was the standout player for the Republic of China in the first half and having already scored one, he got another two in quick succession. The ball was saved by the Australian goalkeeper, who then seemed to drop the ball and Lin was there to score from close range. Despite the Australians claiming that Lin kicked the ball out of the keepers hands the goal was given and the score was 4-0.
Seconds later Ting-Yu Lin was played through on goal again and beat the on-rushing goalkeeper to the ball and passed through his legs to make it 5-0.
Lin was again impressing for the Republic of China when he cut out an Australian attack by shielding the ball for his goalkeeper to collect. He then ran the length of the pitch and backheeled the ball to set up his teammate who had his effort saved by the Australian keeper.
Half time: Republic of China 5-0 Australia
The second half started much the same as the first half had ended when Ting-Yu Lin scored his 4th goal of the match to make it 6-0 to the Republic of China.
The Australians started to come into the game more as the second half progressed. Ryan Merriman was almost always the outlet for the Australians to create chances and he came close a few times in the match with some long-distance efforts.
It was becoming more of an even game with the Republic of China edging it slightly.
The Republic of China got their 7th of the game after an incredibly well worked team move ended at the feet of Shi-Chi Tsao who was on hand to tap in the ball at the far post.
The Republic of China were on the attack again and almost made it 8-0 not long before
the full-time whistle when Anthony Huang beat his man well on the right hand side, only to be denied by the woodwork.
Full Time: Republic of China 7-0 Australia
Republic of China Player of the Match: Ting-yu Lin
The prolific number 5 was everywhere for the Republic of China, especially in the first half. He was constantly back defending and helping his team when they did not have the ball, and when they did he was always an attacking threat. With a first half hattrick and helping himself to his 4th of the game in the second half, he thoroughly deserves the award of Player of the Match.
Australia Player of the Match: Ryan Merriman
The Australian number 5 was their main source of chances throughout the game, despite playing in defence. He done his job well, intercepting a lot of passes and leading the attack when he won the ball. He was never afraid to have a shot from long range and had a few on target that were well saved by the Republic of China goalkeeper. For this reason he deserves to be awarded Australia's Player of the Match.
Magic Moment: The moment of magic in the game came when the Republic of China had a corner which was played to the edge of the box and their number 8, Yung-Chun Huang sent his powerful effort into the net from outside the box, a top-class finish.