The Nations Cup 2018 Futsal Finals commenced on the 8th of November with the women’s and men’s match for the bronze medals followed by the match for the gold medals. The games were intense as all of the participants and their supporters were in high spirits.
1st Match (Women’s Futsal): Sri Lanka Vs Maldives
First, Sri Lanka and Maldives played for bronze medal in the women’s futsal category. Both teams were equally competitive throughout the high-tension game. Maldives dominated the game with a score of 3-0 during the first half of the game and a score of 6-0 during the second half of the game. Their success was due to their effective strategy and impressive coordination between the team members. The supporters for both teams continued to cheer for their respective teams until the end of the match. At the end of the day, Maldives emerged as the winner for the women’s futsal finals bronze medal.
2nd Match (Men’s Futsal): Egypt Vs Sudan
Shortly after the first match, the next match for men’s futsal bronze medal continued between Egypt and Sudan. The game was tough during the first half of the match but Egypt managed to score 1-0 against Sudan. However, during the second half of the game, Egypt easily won 3-0 against Sudan. The supporters for Egypt were very energetic and continued to cheer for their team consistently throughout the game which could have given the Egyptian team more motivation. Both teams displayed hard work and played well.
3rd Match (Women’s Futsal): Malaysia Vs Rest of The World
The next match was the long-awaited women’s futsal finals for Gold medal between Malaysia and Rest of The World.
Both teams’ players continuously showcased their amazing passing and coordination skills throughout the game. By half time, the crowd applauded for both teams as the score was 0-0 whereby the Malaysian team supporters shouted “Let’s go Malaysia, let’s go”. Meanwhile, the supporters for the Rest of The World were cheering for them by chanting their names.
Both teams huddled and were determined to win. During the second half of the match, while the Malaysian team displayed their agility with defense and their strong teamwork, they weren’t able to continue the 0-0 score. Aplayer from the Rest of The World team got a penalty and managed to score a goal.
Nevertheless, the Malaysians didn’t give up just yet. With their supporters shouting “Let’s go Malaysia, let’s go”, the Malaysian team fought back hard but, in the end, the Gold medal belonged to the Rest of The World team.
A short interview with Mishal, a player from the Rest of The World team which is also an exchange student from Denmark on how she felt about the win: “I am very happy that although this is my first semester here, it was an amazing game and I managed to score a goal for my team, which makes me feel very proud”.
4th Match (Men’s Futsal): Malaysia Vs Rest of The World
Then came the most anticipated match of the night, the men’s futsal finals for Gold medal between Malaysia and Rest of The World. At this point, the crowd watching had grown quite enormous. Both teams defence were strong although the players from the Rest of The World team were extremely aggressive. The first half ended with a 0-0 score as a result of both teams’ hard work.
The second half of the game was more interesting as both teams displayed their agility with high kicks and strong teamwork. The crowd screamed with each kick made but all the kicks made by both teams missed the goal. In the end, since the score for both teams were 0-0, both teams were given penalty kicks.
Malaysians in the crowd were roaring for their team and were elated when a goal was scored. However, the excitement did not last for long as a player from the Rest of The World team also scored a goal. With a boosted confidence, a player from the Rest of The World Team managed to score another goal. The Malaysian team were more pressured and gave their best but did not manage to score a goal. The match concluded with a score of 2-1. As a result. In the end, both teams were equally competitive and put up a great fight, the Gold belonged to the Rest of The World team and the Malaysian team won Silver.
Match Results (Women’s) Final Score
Bronze medal Sri Lanka vs Maldives 0-9
Gold medal Malaysia vs Rest of The World 0-1
Final Results (Women’s)
Gold: Rest of The World
Match Results (Men’s) Final Score
Bronze medal Egypt vs Sudan 4-0
Gold medal Malaysia vs Rest of The World 1-2
Final Results (Men’s)
Gold: Rest of The World
Written by Masturah Mercian
Photographed by Nur Fatin Amira