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PHUKET: Both semifinals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup will be played this evening at the Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, with the stage set for an epic Europe – South America final.

The first semifinal is an all European affair between Spain and Italy.

Spain started the competition as one of the favorites and they finished joint top of Group B with Iran.

Spain then went on to break Thai hearts eliminating the host nation in the second round 7-1.

They then faced their sternest test of the tournament against Russia, who had scored 30 goals and conceded none en route to the quarterfinals.

Russia took an early lead, but three goals in 15 minutes turned the game in Spain’s favor and they eventually ran out 3-2 winners.

Midfielder Torras is one of six Spanish players plying his trade for Barcelona’s futsal team and the understanding these players bring from their successful club team will only enhance an already formidable national team.

Spain’s semifinal opponents, Italy, topped Group D and knocked out Egypt 5-1 in the second round.

In their quarterfinal match against Portugal they fell behind 3-0 after an inspired Ricardinho scored a hat trick in the first 12 minutes.

Italy fought back and a last minute equalizer from Fortino took the match into extra time, with Humberto Honorio grabbing the winning goal in the second minute of added time.

The other semifinal will feature an all South American match up between Brazil vs Colombia.

Brazil, like Spain, were pre-tournament favorites and in the six previous World Cups only Brazil (4 times) and Spain (2 times) have emerged victorious.

Brazil strolled through as Group C winners but suffered an early set back when star player Falcao suffered an injury that threatened to keep him out of the tournament.

A 16-0 demolition of Panama in the second round was perfectly topped off by the earlier than expected return to action of Falcao, who scored the last goal of the game after coming on as a substitute.

The defending world champions’ quarterfinal against regional rivals Argentina was a nervy encounter.

Argentina took a shock 2-0 lead forcing Brazil to fight back and through a late Falcao goal, the went game into extra time.

Falcao scored the winning goal in extra time to take Brazil through to the semifinals as 3-2 winners.

The surprise package of the tournament, Colombia, finished second in Group F with one victory and two defeats. The unfancied South Americans knocked Iran out 2-1 in the second round and followed that shock up with a 3-1 quarter final victory over Ukraine.

Colombia have adopted a defensive mentality, hitting their opponents on the counter attack.

Midfielder Andres Reyes has been Colombia’s stand out player in the knock out stages and the play-maker will need to be at the top of his game to help his team get past Brazil.

Semifinal schedule is as follows:

Italy vs Spain – 5pm

Brazil vs Colombia – 7:30pm

All games will be broadcast live on terrestrial channel 9.

— Andrew Scott

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

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In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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