Matchday Five - Group G: Global Cebu FC 3-3 Thanh Hoa
Manila: An 89th minute goal from Darryl Roberts rescued a point for Global Cebu in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Thanh Hoa on Wednesday.
The visitors, needing a win to keep alive their slim hopes of progressing to the knockout rounds, made a dream start at the Rizal Memorial Stadium when Ryutaro Karube caught the Global Cebu backline out of position with a delightful chip over the defence for Edward Ofere, who made no mistake in putting the Vietnamese side ahead.
Their lead lasted barely three minutes, however, as the home side equalised in spectacular fashion. A speculative ball was played into Spaniard Rufino Sanchez, who controlled the ball with his chest before unleashing a stunning volley that gave Nguyen Thanh Thang no chance.
Thanh Hoa restored their lead midway through the first half after some lovely build up play from Hoang Dinh Tung and Ofere, who set the ball up perfectly for Le Thanh Binh to curl it home from the edge of the area.
Marjo Allardo’s side almost drew level again just minutes into the second half, but Brazilian Wesley dos Santos saw his free kick well saved by Nguyen Thanh Thang.
The visitors then looked to have put the result beyond doubt just before the hour mark when Ofere got his second assist of the night, floating a ball into the box where Hoang Dinh Tung was left alone, taking a touch before sliding the ball past Patrick Deyto to make it 3-1.
The home side pulled one back to give them some hope when Wesley headed home Paolo Bugas’ cross with ten minutes to go, and they completed their stunning comeback when Roberts turned in a header in the last minute of regulation time.
The result means Thanh Hoa’s hopes of progressing to the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals as the best second-placed team are now over ahead of their final match against Yangon United at home in two weeks.
For Global Cebu, they remain bottom of the group with just the one win, and travel to face Bali United in their final match.