‘Perfect start’ for Scots at IFA World Cup in China

Scotland ended the group stage with defeat to Mexico.

Scotland’s IFA squad got off to the “perfect start” in China as they defeated India 6-3 in their opening World Cup match in Jiangmen.

The International Futsal Alliance World Cup got under way today in China with the Scots quickly heading to the top of Group B with their victory.

The other game in Group B ended 5-5 between Mexico and Australia.

And Player of the Match Jordan Timmons was delighted to get things started with a win as they prepare to face the Australians tomorrow.

The Dundee West player told Pivotal Sport: “It was the perfect start getting a win. Everybody played their part and we all worked really hard.

“We went down 1-0 early on but we soon pulled it back to 1-1 when I put it through the goalie’s legs. From there we went 3-1 up but then lost our shape for about five minutes and they came back but we got it together and went 4-2 up.”

Timmons would add his second of the day in the closing stages as Scotland ran out 6-3 winners with Ryan Kecheran also getting brace and Gavin Ogilvie and Adam Naylor on target, too.

“India had a player who had played with Ronaldinho so we knew we couldn’t allow him time on the ball,” said Timmons.

“They had a lot of possession of the ball but didn’t create much with it and couldn’t break our defensive line.”

They also had the chance to check out their opponents over the next couple of days and the Scots are hopeful of getting a place in the semi-finals come Saturday.

Timmons added: “We stayed to watch the Australia v Mexico game. Both teams looked good on and off the ball.

“Mexico were 4–1 up and the game ended up as a 5-5 draw. So we know going into the game against Australia tomorrow that they will fight right to the end.

“Also the Mexicans are really good going forward but we think we can get at them defensively.”

For a live stream of the match tomorrow, head to the IFA Facebook page. More info about the tournament can be seen here.