Solomon Islands went down fighting in a 9-2 defeat against Iran this morning as Junior Kurukuru made their debut appearance at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The U-17 boys battled it out against a matured Iran side which consist of some of world’s top youth futsal players.
Iran U-18 futsal side scored four unanswered goals in the opening 20 minutes but the Solomons were sharing an equal share of the possession and shorts on goal.
The Asian champions notched in five more goals in the second half to widen the margin.
Solomon Islands wonder-kid Raphael Lea’i continues his fine scoring form for the country with a brace with two brilliant goals.
It’s an equally contested match based on the match statistic as Solomon Islands managed 33 shots to Iran’s 38. The Asians mastered 22 shots on goal to Solomon’s 9 shots.
Solomon Islands have more corner kicks and free kicks and both teams shared a yellow card apiece.
The ball possession indicated a close contest as Iran have 51 percent to Solomon’s 49 percent.
Solomon Islands coach Stanley Puairana said he was pleased with the effort from his young side.
“It’s always tough in any opening match but I am really happy with how my boys competed against a much stronger team,” he said.
“Credit to Iran for giving us a good game as we now set our focus on Costa Rica.”
Russia beaten Costa Rica 6-1 in Group B late kick off to join Iran at the top of the group.
Next is Solomon Islands verses Costa Rica on Wednesday 10th October.