Matchday Three - Group G: Yangon United 3-0 Global Cebu
Yangon: A brace from Seykou Syla saw Yangon United extend their perfect 2018 AFC Cup record to three wins in a row after a convincing 3-0 over Global Cebu on Wednesday.
The Myanmar side now top Group G, two points ahead of Indonesia’s Bali United who won 3-1 at home to Thanh Hoa of Vientam, at the midway stage.
However, it was Global who opened the match at Thuwunna Stadium the stronger side and Dominic Del Rosario hit the post, before forward Daryl Roberts also went close.
Yangon began to wrest hold of the tie by the half hour mark, though, and after Guinean striker Syla had already gone close on a number of occasions the hosts broke the deadlock just before half-time.
Maung Maung Lwin’s curled free-kick looped and dipped over Global’s defensive wall and beat a wrong-footed Patrick Deyto into the bottom corner to give his team the lead at the break.
And Yangon doubled their advantage just three minutes after the restart; Maung Maung Lwin went from goalscorer to provider with a deep cross from the right that was headed home by Syla.
Syla scored his second and Yangon’s third of the match on 57 minutes when he powered in field from the left, leaving defenders in his wake, before drilling a shot past Deyto from the edge of the area.
Global’s day went from bad to worse as the tie entered the closing stages with Marco Casembre sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
The club from the Philippines will have to recover from the setback quickly with the return meeting between the sides in Manila coming next Tuesday.