Matchday Six - Group G: Thanh Hoa 3-3 Yangon United FC
Hanoi: A late goal from substitute Ryutaro Karube helped FLC Thanh Hoa come from behind three times to earn an entertaining 3-3 draw with Yangon United on Wednesday.
With top spot in the group already secured, the visitors were looking to finish the group stage with another victory and they made the perfect start when Guinean striker Sekou Sylla put them ahead in just the second minute.
That lead lasted barely 10 minutes with Trinh Dinh Hung producing a wonderful overlapping run before whipping in a pinpoint cross for Pape Omay Faye whose header was too powerful for Tran Buu Ngoc.
Sylla secured his brace after just 20 minutes when he controlled Maung Maung Lwin’s pass, turning into the area and firing a shot past Tran, who could do little to keep the powerful shot out despite getting a hand to it.
The home side equalised just over five minutes before half time when Yangon were caught out at the back, with a long ball playing Le Van Thang into space, and after Sann Sat Naing failed to clear the ball, Thang was presented with an easy tap in into an open net.
The visitors took the lead for the third time just after the hour mark when Maung Maung Lwin got his second assist of the night, with his free-kick to the back post being headed home by Zaw Thein.
Sann Sat Naing then produced two wonderful saves to deny the home side an equaliser, but he could do nothing to deny Ryutaro's headed effort with 10 minutes remaining.
Yangon United, who lost just once in the group stage, will now face Ceres-Negros in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-Finals next month, while FLC Thanh Hoa finished third in the group on six points.